The Indian Film Festival of Melbourne is delighted to announce that the Opening Night film for this year will be, Tabrez Noorani’s Love Sonia which will kick off the festival on the 10th August 2018, also marking its premiere in Australia.
Love Sonia, which stars Mrunal Thakur in the titular role, with Richa Chadha, Frieda Pinto, Demi Moore, Anupam Kher, Manoj Bajpayee, Rajkummar Rao and Sai Tamhankar, is based on the widespread epidemic of human trafficking and global sex trade network.
It follows the story of a young girl whose life goes for a toss when she gets caught in the net of the flesh trade. The film is produced by David Womark who has also produced the Academy Award-winning film Life of Pi and the BAFTA awardee, Deepwater Horizon. The film’s director, Tabrez Noorani, along with the principal cast of Freida Pinto, Richa Chadha and Mrunal Thakur will be in attendance for the Festival opening for a gala screening.
Speaking about being the opening film, director Tabrez Noorani said:
“We are delighted to be able to open the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne with our film, Love Sonia, and are honored to share our film down under and especially in the culturally diverse city of Melbourne.”
Producer David Womark shared:
“Both Tabrez and I grew up in families with very strong women. Love Sonia is a film honoring one very strong woman’s challenging journey.”
Co-Producer Amar Butala shared:
“After the successful show at England stint of Love Sonia 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.’’