Tag: IFFM-2018

Closing Night Treat from the IFFM-2018: Lonely souls in love, divided by class


By Neeraj Nanda

SIR: 96 minutes; Tillotama Shome, Vivek Gomber, Geetanjali Kulkarni, Rahul Vohra, Ahmareen Anjum etc.; Director & Screenplay – Rohena Gera; Cinematography: Dominique Colin; Music: Pierre Aviat; Editing: Jacques Comets; Producer: Brice Poisson.

MELBOURNE, 22 August: Those of us who are from India’s middle class, have a fair knowledge and experience of female ‘maidservants’ from improvised rural families doing our daily chores (cleaning, scrubbing the floor, washing utensils and clothes and even cooking) in big cities. They run our homes (even if there is a housewife or…) and feed their families back home. Also, known as ‘Mai’ (in Delhi), they face a host of issues seldom crossing the class divide. Life, still, is complex.

The movie ‘Sir’ is much more and the housemaid after losing her husband three months after marriage is called back to Mumbai to look after the home of the professional Ashwin, a writer (back from the US), who’s just held marriage has collapsed. The master-servant relationship moves well and Ratna also tries to learn to tailor to become a fashion designer. The lonely Ashwin copes with the new situation with ups and downs as Ratna’s presence becomes more and more towards a rather silent relationship with obvious gestures.

As love kindles the lonely souls, they suffer the din of class. The Mumbai metropolis with all its noise can be noisier with the talk of a maidservant in a relationship with her master. Ratna realizes this but for Ashwin it means nothing. The spark that unites hearts can break class. But it is not easy. Ratna has economic compulsions and is afraid of society. Her making and unmaking is her job as a maidservant. Her ‘Sir’ (Ashwin asks her to call him Ashwin, not Sir) is her employer. The tumultuous relationship swings without a pause. It’s tough and compelling.

So, finally, what happens? Tiloama Shome (Ratna) during a Q-A after the screening of the movie, the closing film of the IFFM-2018, said: “Those who have a heart will understand the outcome of Ratna and Ashwin’s relationship”. Ashwin thinks of going back to the US and calls Ratna and for the first time, she addresses him as ‘Ashwin’ and not ‘Sir”.

The well-crafted movie has Shome’s (Ratna) excellent acting and Vivek Gomber (Ashwin) looks composed doing justice to his character. The cinematography fascinatingly captures the Mumbai metropolis. Well done, Director Rohena Gera.

A big relief for those looking for sensible cinema.

Daniel Andrews announces $ 3 million boost to film Indian & Bollywood movies in Victoria


By SAT News Desk

MELBOURNE, 11 August: More of Bollywood’s biggest blockbusters will be filmed right here in Victoria, with a re-elected Andrews Labor Government to establish our state’s first-ever dedicated Indian Cinema and Bollywood Attraction Fund.

Alongside Bollywood superstar Rani Mukerji, Premier Daniel Andrews today announced the investment at the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne.

Premier Daniel Andrews said, “Thanks to the countless contributions of our Indian communities, ours is a multicultural success story. Labor will cement that success by bringing Bollywood to Victoria.”

“This investment will grow Victoria’s film industry, grow Victorian jobs and bring our two nations even closer, he said.”

The $3 million fund will help attract Indian film projects to our state, with Film Victoria working closely with India’s biggest production studios, and offering grants worth up to 25 percent of their spend in Victoria.

The investment is expected to attract a minimum of four blockbuster Bollywood films to our state over the next three years, growing our local film industry, creating local jobs and bringing Victoria and India even closer together.

Minister for Creative Industries Martin Foley said, “As the proud home of our nation’s biggest Indian community, it’s only fitting that we’re home to Australia’s Bollywood industry too.”

“For local producers and artists, this will provide an opportunity to collaborate and create something uniquely Victorian and Indian, “he said.

Eclipsing Hollywood, India’s film industry is the biggest in the world, last year recording a 27 percent increase in

Victoria has previously played host to a number of Indian film productions, including box office blockbuster Chak De India, Bhaag Milkha Bhaag and Salaam Namaste – the first Indian movie ever to be filmed entirely in Australia.

By bringing even more Indian films to our state, a re-elected Labor Government will grow Victoria’s economy, attract new visitors and provide the opportunity to celebrate, collaborate and create uniquely Victorian and Indian films.

IFFM-2018 (Aug. 10-22) – Trailer (Watch Video)

Source: YouTube,Mind Blowing Films

LOVE SONIA – Opening Night movie at the IFFM-2018 @ Melbourne Central 7pm onwards


Director: Tabrez Noorani
Starring: Mrunal Thakur, Freida Pinto, Demi Moore, Mark Duplass, Manoj Bajpayee, Rajkummar Rao, Richa Chadda, Riya Sisodiya, Anupam Kher, Adil Hussain, Sunny Pawar
Run time: 120 mins | Recommended Certificate: 18
Language: English, Hindi, Cantonese with English subtitles | Year: 2018 | Country: India


Inspired by true events, this is the story of a young Indian village girl, Sonia. Her life changes irrevocably when she is entrapped in the global sex trade while trying to save her beloved sister Preeti. Struggling to free herself from small-time pimps, Sonia does not realise they are merely the foot soldiers of a ruthless, powerful army with its reach around the world. As she becomes aware of the enormity of the odds against her, Sonia is sustained by a fragile dream that is worth surviving for. Battling with a strength she didn’t know she had, her searing journey spans three continents and a lifetime of experiences that no young girl should have. Sonia is determined not to become one of the 800,000 women and children who are victims of the international sex trade industry every year.



Tabrez Noorani – Director

After growing up in Mumbai with a prominent film director for an uncle and going to film school in LA, Noorani focused on directing commercials and shooting projects in India. This background and Noorani’s passion for filmmaking has turned him into a big asset for filmmakers wanting to work in India. It was a natural progression from Line Producing and Producing on foreign projects to having Tabrez direct 2nd Unit as well on a number of the projects he has worked on.

Love Sonia is his first major directorial project – a film that promises to be a breathtakingly honest look at the global sex trade, set in India, Hong Kong and Los Angeles. Along with this film, Tabrez is developing a TV series about modern day slavery and sex trafficking set in the United States.

Source: Indian Film Festival of Melbourne & London Indian Film festiva.