Mother Theresa and the Work of God
To celebrate the 100th Birth Anniversary of Mother Teresa, Carneiro Multi-Media Productions launched their maiden film based on the life story of Mother Teresa.
Present on the occasion was renowned tiatr personality, Rev Fr Nevel Gracias, Aldona MLA, Mr Dayanand Narvekar, Director of Information and Publicity, Mr Menino Peres, Mr Trojan D’Mello, producer, Milagres Carneiro, assistant producer, Antonio Fernandes, writer/director, Mahesh Rane and various other noted personalities from the film industry.
The function began with instrumental recitals. Fr Nevel Gracias, in his speech said that although Mother Teresa was a Christian, people of all faiths from around the world, had profound respect for her. He said that the saintly life she led was a strong factor that made the Church extol her and put her on the path to sainthood. He hoped that the film would inspire people to live for others rather than live for one’s own self.
Mr Dayanand Narvekar said that we tend to forget the good that people do. But it is through the efforts of individuals such as Milagres, that good people are remembered. He commented that no recent film made by any Goan producer has managed to achieve the mark of good old Konkani movies like ‘Amche Noxib’, ‘Nirmonn’ etc.
In his address, Mr Menino Peres, said that it’s wrong to say that Goans lack film culture, because Goans have shone in many film productions outside the state. He said that when IFFI first came to Goa, seeing the enthusiasm of the local filmmakers, the Government of Goa introduced a scheme whereby filmmaker would get monetary assistance of up to 50 per cent. Owing to some reasons, the scheme was stopped. But now the scheme is all set to be revived and an announcement in this direction will be made soon.
Producer, Milagres Carneiro modestly said that the work on the movie was not his own but rather it was the hand of God who was using him as his instrument. He said that Mother Teresa inspired him when he was 15 years old. So strong was the influence of Mother Teresa on his life that he wrote an operetta and a tiatr on her life, and now he is producing a film as well.
Mahesh Rane said that he never thought he would do a film on this subject. In fact he received three proposals to do a film on Mother Teresa from different producers. The third one was from Milagres. But it was the fire and intensity that he saw in Milagres’s eyes that goaded him to say yes. He said that after doing extensive research on Mother Teresa’s life which was not easy as not many biographies are written about her, he managed to create a concise story. My story is of a young Albanian girl who comes to India and faced hardships to bring joy to others. Mahesh enumerated the various travails Mother Teresa had to go through. He said, “She is not only a mother of a family but is also the mother of humanity. Many know about Mother Teresa but few know of the struggles she faced. This docu-fiction will throw light on this aspect of her life.”
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