KOLKATA, (C.M. Paul) – About 70 social workers and activists participated at the Indiapremiere of a French director’s docufilm on three Kolkata people who were inspired by Mother Teresa and continue her mission for the poorest of the poor. The 55 minute French film with English sub-titles is entitled: The Heirs of Mother Teresa.
The film screened yesterday evening (3 April) at Alliance Francaise du Bengale in Kolkata tells the story of Urmi, Probhat and Arpu who live in Kolkata. All three people, two men and one woman, say they were “inspired by Mother Teresa and chose to get locally involved in helping people from poor areas.”
Urmi Basu daughter of a Communist leader in Kolkata has a charity caring for children of prostitutes at the very same place where Mother Teresa started her home for the dying Nirmal Hriday at Kalighat in 1952. She now hopes to build a hospital to care for AIDS patients.
Probhat Bose instead, helps street children find a roof and job through vocational training. A product of Don Bosco Ashalayam Kolkata, 26 year old Probhat believes his mission is inspired by Mother Teresa.
Arpu Ghosh (42 years old) gives a part of his work’s earning to finance a school for street children. Arpu says, “if I invest on them, I am giving them an opportunity to grow.”
“The film,” says French director Delphine Prunault “is like an extended report on new generations of Indians helping others like Mother Teresa.”
After the screening of the film, audience had an interactive session with the film’s director as well as Urmi one of the three protagonists of the film.
During the question answer session three participants objected to a comment Urmi made in the film at the sight of a passing Missionaries of Charity ambulance near Kalighat. Urmi’s ironic comment underscored what she thought she saw – M.C. Sisters were traveling in an air-conditioned vehicle.
The Missionaries of Charity Sisters who normally come to view Mother Teresa films were conspicuously absent from this screening.
The film screened on French Television “France 2” in December 2010 marked the conclusion of Mother Teresa birth centenary.
Earlier in August 2010, two short films by Delphine were part of 3rd Mother Teresa International Film Festival, a four day event held at West Bengal State Film Centre Nandan to mark Mother Teresa’s birth centenary.