Love Sonia Goes To China!
After receiving standing ovations and awards at the London and Melbourne film festivals, debutant director and Mumbai boy Tabrez Noorani’s film Love Sonia is set to make India proud on the international stage one more time.
Love Sonia will be released in China in October after its India release this14th September; the film has already won many awards to its name including Best Indie Film and Best Supporting Actor to Richa Chadha at the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne and Best Outstanding achievement award to Richa Chadha at the London Indian Film Festival.
Traditionally, for Hindi films to release in China had to wait for their release in India; there is then a long process for approval. The entire process can take 12-18 months however, Love Sonia has been excluded from these formalities in fact distributors from across China after watching the reactions of the audiences at the screenings in London and the strong media buzz have bought the rights for theatrical release in China even before the release in India. Films from India like Dangal with strong female characters fighting against the odds have done very well in China and the distributors from China feel that Love Sonia’s inspiring story of a 17 year old who takes on the world of human trafficking to save her sister will resonate with the Chinese audiences.
Films which thematically deal with family and a strong women character have done wonders at the box office; it truly is an exceptional achievement for the makers of Love Sonia that this new development has put this powerful film out of India on the world stage. The film also has Academy Award winning music composer A.R. Rahman and break out artist Bishop Briggs to come on board to create the film’s anthem “I AM MORE’. It is reported that both A.R. and Biggs were so moved after watching the film that they both decided to collaborate putting this film from India on the international arena.
It’s an extremely proud moment for film maker Tabrez Noorani who added, “I am very thrilled that the film is opening up in China, I know that films with strong female characters especially those that break stereotypes are loved by audiences in China, and I am happy to have a different part of the world see this brave story.”
The film has a strong ensemble cast staring Manoj Bajpayee, Richa Chadha, Rajkummar Rao, Sai Tamhankar, Adil Hussain, Anupam Kher, Demi Moore, Mark Duplass with Freida Pinto and introducing Mrunal Thakur and Riya Sisodia.
Love Sonia is the shocking story of a young Indian village girl played by Mrunal whose life is tumultuously and irrevocably changed when she gets entrapped in the global sex trade while trying to save the one person she is closest to, her sister.
Tamasha Talkies and Samraaj Talkies in association with India Take One Productions, Cinemantra Entertainment and Media & Dynasty Consulting Group present Love Sonia. The film is Tabrez Noorani’s directorial debut, produced by the Academy Award nominated producer of Life of Pi, David Womark and Tabrez Noorani. Co-produced by Amar Butala and Executive Producers include Shalini Thackeray, Deepak Nayar and Pravesh Sahni. The Dynasty Consulting Group was instrumental in setting up the movie. Zee Studios will release the film in India. Love Sonia releases on 14th September 2018.