Mumbai: Director Tabrez Noorani’s “Love Sonia” will be the opening film at the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne (IFFM).
Inspired by true events, “Love Sonia” is the shocking story of a young Indian village girl whose life is tumultuously and irrevocably changed when she gets entrapped in the global sex trade while trying to save her sister.
“We are delighted to be able to open the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne with our film, ‘Love Sonia’, and are honoured to share our film down under and especially in the culturally diverse city of Melbourne,” Noorani said in a statement.
The film has been shot in Jaipur, Mumbai, Hong Kong and Los Angeles, and will be released in India this September.
“Both Tabrez and I grew up in families with very strong women. ‘Love Sonia’ is a film honouring one very strong woman’s challenging journey,” producer David Womark said.
Co-producer Amar Butala said he is happy that after receiving thunderous response at London Indian Film Festival (LIFF), the film is travelling to Australia.
“I am excited for the second leg at Melbourne, feels proud to be opening this one too. We will be putting out our best foot forward here as well,” he said.
The film stars Freida Pinto, Manoj Bajpayee, Rajkummar Rao, Richa Chadha, Anupam Kher, Adil Hussain, Sai Tamhankar, Sunny Parwar, Demi Moore and Mark Duplass.
The film also marks acting debut of Mrunal Thakur, who is playing the lead character and Riya Sisodiya.
IFFM is scheduled to happen in Melbourne from August 10 to August 22.