The world premiere of Tabrez Noorani’s Love Sonia will take place at Europe’s largest South Asian film festival, The Bagri Foundation London Indian Film Festival.
The hard-hitting and compelling film on global sex trafficking will open the festival with an all-star Hollywood and Bollywood cast, including Freida Pinto, Manoj Bajpayee, Rajkummar Rao, Richa Chadha, Anupam Kher, Adil Hussain, Sai Tamhankar, Sunny Parwar, Demi Moore, Mark Duplass, introducing Mrunal Thakur as the lead character Sonia and Riya Sisodiya.
Love Sonia has been produced by Academy nominated producer of Life of Pi, David Womark and it marks the directorial debut of the prolific Tabrez Noorani. Noorani has been involved with Oscar and BAFTA contenders such as Slumdog Millionaire, Zero Dark Thirty, Life of Pi, Eat Pray Love and Lion.
Noorani spent 13 years researching and developing the material, commenting on the same, he said:
“The film is unflinching and controversial. We wanted to make a movie that can be a global platform for a problem that is happening in every community, which people don’t notice.”
Producer David Womark said:
“Both Tabrez and myself are proud to have Love Sonia open the Bagri London Indian Film Festival. Ang Lee has said that when there is a strong woman character in a story, it always grabs him. We are very fortunate in Love Sonia to tell the powerful story of a strong woman’s journey.”