Love Sonia has been announced as the opening night film for this year’s Indian Film Festival of Melbourne. The directorial debut of Tabrez Noorani (line producer on Slumdog Millionaire, Life of Pi, and Zero Dark Thirty), the film stars Freida Pinto (Slumdog Millionaire), Richa Chadha (Gangs of Wasseypur and Masaan), and Mrunal Thakur (Kumkum Bhagya), and is inspired by Noorani’s own experiences combating the scourge of human trafficking.
Following the opening night gala on August 10, Noorani, Pinto, and Ali Faizal will be taking part in a Q&A discussion at Deakin Edge on August 11, moderated by leading Indian film critic Rajeev Masand, discussing the themes of east meets west, and the cross fertilisation of the Indian and Hollywood film industries.
Love Sonia is the story of Sonia, a young Indian village girl whose life changes irrevocably when she is entrapped in the global sex trade while trying to save her beloved sister Preeti. Battling with a strength she didn’t know she had, and determined not to become one of the 800,000 women and children who are victims of the international sex trade industry every year, Sonia’s searing journey spans three continents and a lifetime of experiences.
“This is an extraordinary and important film from a director with enormous insight into the world he’s portraying”, says IFFM Director Mitu Bhowmick Lange.
“We are delighted to be able to open the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne, and are honoured to share our film down under, especially in the culturally diverse city of Melbourne,” says Noorani, who collaborated with powerhouse Life of Pi producer David Womak for three years to develop the film. “Both Tabrez and I grew up in families with very strong women,” says Womak. “Love Sonia is a film honouring one very strong woman’s challenging journey.”
Love Sonia screens at 6:30pm, Friday, August 10 at Hoyts Melbourne Central. For info and tickets, head to the IFFM official site.