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Inclusive movie screening of ‘Andhadhun' held for visually impaired audiences

November 5, 2018

We all enjoy movies - they are fun, entertaining and transport us to another world for a few magical hours. The recent thriller Andhadhun is a new such treat that takes audiences into the world of a blind young pianist caught in circumstances beyond his control. is one such movie that entertains the audience while keeping them on the edge of their seats.

The movie has a cast of very talented actors like Tabu, Radhika Apte and Ayushmann Khurrana who plays the role of a pianist, who is pretending to be blind.

Andhadhun, which means blind melody is a crime thriller with a touch of black comedy and lots of amazing twists. A few days ago a screening of the movie in Mumbai brought the twists alive to an audience of visually impaired students.

The screening was made accessible and inclusive for the blind audience with the help of an application named XL cinema, which gave an audio description of the film for a better experience.

All people needed to do was download the XL cinema application and use earphones to listen to the description. The audio description of the movie was done by Narendra Joshi from the NGO Saksham, who is an expert in the field.

The description helped the audience understand and follow the happenings in the movie, making the experience an inclusive affair for all.

Among those at present at the screening was actor Tabu, whose presence made the show even more memorable for the audience.

Penav Mota, a blind law student was among those present.

We all had a great time and the show was really enjoyable. The movie screening was inclusive and we were able to understand the story line through XL cinema application. - Penav Mota - Blind student

Penav hopes more such screenings will be held in the future.

Also present was Bhuvika Aggarwal, who said the "the audio description was really very good".

The technology is not limited to any particular geographical area. If audio facilities are available on the app, a user can generate an audio ticket by clicking on the app and selecting the mode of choice.

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