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'The Dark Secrets of Tonhi' - a film on witch hunting set to release on 18 April
The advancements in science and technology notwithstanding, people still believe in black magic in many parts of our society. In Assam, we have seen how women are being killed in the name of witch-hunting. There are similar things happening in other parts of the country too.

It is important that the issue gets focus so that remedies could be found and lives of innocent people saved. This time a film titled “The Dark Secrets of Tonhi”, which deals with murder of women on the pretext of being a 'Tonhi' (black magic woman), is set to release in India on 18 April.

The country has witnessed many protests against crime on women and this issue might be in focus again after the release of the movie. “The Dark Secrets of Tonhi” is a realistic film based on superstitious beliefs of some villagers in Chhattisgarh. The state government has banned the practice of ‘Tonhi’ to stop violence against women, but instances involving murder still take place.

There are two nude scenes but makers of the movie are confident that censor board would have no objection to them as actress has covered her body parts with necklace in the scene. “We would like the censor board to pass the scenes as it is, since the script of the movie demands it. When they (censor board) cleared such scenes in movies like "Fire" and "Bandit Queen", there is no reason to censor the scenes in "The Dark Secrets of Tonhi", which is based on real life incident," said producer Rebecca Changkija who is originally from Nagaland.

The movie is directed by Shiraz Henry and produced by Rebecca Changkija and Ajay Najat under Find Studioz banner. The film features Natasha Sikka, J.Brandon Hill, Alex Peters, Smita Siah and Priyanka Joshi in the lead roles. It is scheduled for release across India on 18 April.

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