By Subhash K Jha
MUMBAI: Indian filmmaker Bhavna Talwar (seen in this rather grainy image perhaps taken on the sly) becomes a rare woman to be allowed into the forbidden areas of the Vatican – the seat of the Roman Catholic Church.
The director of the award-winning film Dharm on secularism is now planning a film on a much larger religious theme.
Bhavna, along with Italian filmmaker Franco la Cecla, has been assigned by the Vatican the task of making a film on the oneness of different religious orders.
The film will be released in 2013 which has been declared The Year Of The Faith.
Bhavna visited the Vatican recently and was taken into restricted areas where women are never allowed.
Says Bhavna, “It was surreal, standing there in areas where women are never to be seen. Even in the areas of the Vatican where there is no such restriction we were shown around after the place was closed to the public. So there I was, standing in unalloyed isolation looking at the most magnificent architecture ever built.”