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Meenu Hooda stars as a village woman who becomes front-page news in “Kajarya.” The film will screen at the 2014 Montreal World Film Festival.

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San Leandro, Calif. — “Kajarya,” a new drama from documentarian Madhureeta Anand, contrasts the lives of two women — Kajarya, an uneducated woman who performs ritual female infanticide in her North Indian village; and Meera, an arrogant young journalist in New Delhi who turns Kajarya’s story into front-page news with unexpected effects. The feature film has been selected for the Montreal World Film Festival, which begins Aug. 21. Also Read - Video: Harbhajan Singh To Star in 'Friendship', Film Announced on His Birthday

“‘Kajarya’ is a film about the force of circumstances and how they make people who they are. And that it is only our personal choices that actually define the outcome of the circumstances,” said a spokesperson for the film.

Ridhima Sud, Meenu Hooda, Kuldeep Ruhil, Sumeet Vyas, Sudheer Chobessy, Savita Rani and Shashi Bhushan star, while Madhureeta Anand directs. The film is produced by Starfire Movies and co-produced by Ekaa Films and Overdose Joint.

“Kajarya and Meera’s circumstances are defined by the time and place of their birth. And yet the society they live in judges them for their actions … ‘Kajarya’ is a metaphor for that ugly side of society that everyone wants to hide,” said the spokesperson.

After the film premiered at the Dubai International Film Festival, The Hollywood Reporter called it “chilling” and noted that Hooda, in the title role, was “just this side of magnificent.”

This story originally appeared in India West.