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  • What do you do when you make a mistake? Do you acknowledge it? Do you hide it? do you try to bury it? would you turn it into a film? No? Meet Shambhunath Tiwari who did so. This 32 year old businessman turned his anguish and misery into a film.

    Shambhunath was approached by a family in Varanasi. They showed him a picture of a beautiful girl, who they said was their daughter. Shambhunath, who hails from an orthodox family, dutifully consulted his parents. The parents agreed and a date was set.

    During the marriage ceremony the conservative Tiwaris asked the bride to keep her face covered, according to their tradition.

    When the ceremony was over and the 'ghungat' or veil, was lifted, they realised that she was not the same girl whose picture they were shown. The Tiwaris then demanded that the wedding be annulled.

    The woman's parents retaliated by labelling the boys' parents as dowry seekers. They filed a police complaint which led to Shambhunath's arrest.

    Shambhunath approached the Allahabad court and fought back. He fought for 14 long years and recently he has been cleared of the dowry harrassment charge.

    Shambhunath related the story to his friend Aman Koiri, who suggested that they make a film depcting this nasty episode in his life.

    The film is called 'Marriage 98' (probably because that's the year he got married) and is being made on a modest budget of about 30 lakhs. The film stars Shambhunath himself in the lead role and is directed by Koiri. The film is expected to be ready any day now and will be released in three Indian languages - Hindi, Bhojpuri and Tamil.

    Koiri said that the motive behind the film is not to make money but to 'make people aware of marital fraud.' Shambhunath says that he 'doesn't want someone else to go through the same ordeal.'

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