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‘Janamaithri' packaged for a global audience

Anand Haridas


30-minute film by the Kerala Police will cover nuances of the community policing initiative.


KOCHI: The abandoned godown by the backwater, just off Karuvelippadi on the way to Fort Kochi, was buzzing with activity on Wednesday morning. Boatmen rowed past, looking surprised at the melee in the usually quiet place. Word spread that a film shooting was on. But curiosity deepened when khaki uniforms began to dominate the proceedings. Soon, the mystery was cleared. The film being shot was about a Kerala Police venture.

“Janamaithri Suraksha Paddhati, a community policing initiative, is the first of its kind being implemented by a State government in India. This film is being made to explain its finer aspects to foreign delegates at the Global Community Policing Conclave, an international police executive symposium, to be held in Kochi in November,” said Jacob Punnoose, Director-General of Police.

The 30-minute film is being directed by Jithu Joseph, whose box-office hits include Mummy and Me and the Suresh Gopi-starrer Detective. “The film will be short dramatisations about the main aspects of the Janamaithri project. Police personnel will act along with professional actors in these dramatisations,” Mr. Joseph said.

The film will open with messages from the Home Minister and DGP, followed by a montage of various policing activities. This will be followed by senior police officials talking about specific issues.

“Even though the film will have one whole structure, it is so planned that each component could stand by itself. This is made so that smaller packages could be screened in cinemas. Basically, it is meant to create awareness among the public that Janamaithri is not just about behavioural change in police, but about active interaction between people and police,” Manoj Abraham, City Police Commissioner, said.

The shooting has started in Kochi, and the crew will move on to other parts of the State. The film is being made with Malayalam and English voice-overs so that it can be used in different venues. This will be premiered at the policing initiative at Le Meridien here on November 3 and 4.

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