Indian Film Festival Melbourne (IFFM) has wrapped up shooting the first of its four anthology films under its My Melbourne project. The as yet untitled film is directed by Onir and Australian filmmaker William Duan.
Onir closes the My Melbourne project with his film on the subject of sexuality
It stars Arka Das, Mouli Ganguli (an actor from Australia, not to be confused with the Indian actress of the same name) and Jackson Gallagher. The film was shot in five days and the story is based on pain and forgiveness. The film follows the reunion of a queer Indian, Indraneel, played by Arka, and his father, Mihir, played by Mouli, after many years of estrangement.
Speaking about the film and the experience, Onir said in a statement: “I am happy to be a part of My Melbourne as it is a unique special film. It is the first time that such a unique transnational initiative has been taken to bridge cultural ties and unite the two communities using the medium of cinema. My Melbourne films are diversity based and focused on generating local Melbourne talent and I can guarantee there are amazing local talent waiting to be discovered and this project has done just that.”
Shedding light on his film, he added: “My film tells one of those stories of an integral part of diversity, presenting a warm story of a father trying to reconnect with his gay son. It was a great experience working and collaborating with talent from Melbourne. I am glad that Film Victoria and Mitu Bhowmick Lange (festival director) have taken this step to celebrate cinema and diversity.”
Mitu Bhowmick Lange said: “This is a very ambitious love project that celebrates IFFM’s core values: diversity and inclusion. The key idea was to provide a platform for Australia’s emerging creatives of various marginalized backgrounds of various walks and abilities, mentored by some of the best filmmakers in the world. It is an anthology of four stories woven into a feature film called My Melbourne based on authentic immigrant experiences. We cannot be what we cannot see.”
The other three films in the anthology will be directed by Kabir Khan, Imtiaz Ali and Rima Das.
Also read: REVEALED: Onir was offered to direct Chameli; says, “Things didn’t work out, possibly because Kareena Kapoor Khan wasn’t interested in working with a new director.”
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