The Festival of Commonwealth Film will be held at:
The Clore Centre
The British Museum
Great Russell Street
London WC1B 3DG
Tradition and sexuality collide in this hilarious and touching film about four women facing the challenges of being female in modern India.
A burkha-clad college girl struggles with her cultural identity and parental pressure while dreaming of becoming a pop singer. A young beautician is forced to choose between arranged marriage and a passionate affair. A Muslim housewife and mother of three defies her husband by pursuing a career as an enterprising saleswoman. A middle-aged widow rediscovers her sexuality through a telephone romance.
The film was barred from certification in India on the grounds of being “lady-oriented”, with “contagious sex scenes”, “abusive words, audio pornography, and a bit [sic] sensitive touch about one particular section of society”. After five months of appeals, the decision was overturned and the film was released, going on to reach “super-hit” status at the Indian box office. It has been shown at over 65 festivals around the world, and won 18 international awards.
Filmmaker attendance TBC.
Admittance is for persons aged 18 and over only.
Meet the director
Alankrita Shrivastava is an award-winning feature film director and screenwriter from Mumbai, India with a penchant for telling women’s stories. She likes to explore the interior world of women through her films. Her first feature film was Turning 30 (2011).
“audaciously outspoken about women’s sexual desires and fantasies”
The Hollywood Reporter
“a powerful statement”
The Skinny Review