There have been a few Indian films which have had a global appeal, Love Sonia is one such film which shows the dark reality of human trafficking in the world, especially in India.
After premiering at the London Indian Film Festival, it opened the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne 2018. Described as “hard-hitting” and “powerful”, Love Sonia is inspired by true events and tells the story of a teenage girl who gets trapped in the global sex trafficking trade.
The trailer of the film is out, and it follows the story of two sisters Sonia played by Mrunal Thakur and Preeti played by Riya Sisodiya. Preeti is sold off by her family into the world of prostitution. Sonia, unable to handle the plight of her sister, goes out on a journey to find her sister and bring her home. This takes her to Mumbai where she meets people of all kinds- prostitutes, pimps, criminals, social workers and journalists, each trying their best to get something out of her.
The directorial debut from Tabrez Noorani is the story of a 17-year-old girl who puts her life on the line to rescue her sister from a human trafficking network. On her way, she struggles through India, Hong Kong, and Los Angeles in search of her sister. The cast of the film includes actors like Anupam Kher, Manoj Bajpayee, Adil Hussain, Mark Duplass, Sai Tamhankar, Richa Chadha, Freida Pinto, Demi Moore and Rajkummar Rao.
It’s a project very close to his heart, given that he has himself conducted raids on Mumbai brothels, rescuing women forced into sex work alongside anti-trafficking organizations, said director Tabrez Noorani. I wanted to make a movie about global sex trafficking and bring it back home because it makes people uncomfortable. Everyone thinks it’s something that only happens in somebody else’s country, or happens far, far away. They watch the film and they realize it is down the street where they live, he added.
The film’s trailer got a huge thumbs up from Bollywood. Talking about the audience’s response, Tabrez Noorani said, “I am delighted with the overwhelming response to the trailer of ‘Love Sonia’.
One of the most powerful films I have seen…about the courage of one 17 year old to rescue her sister ! Here’s the trailer of #LoveSonia – https://t.co/D54nDPS7Jo#TabrezNoorani @LoveSoniaMovie @amarbutala #DavidWomark @samraajtalkies @zeestudios_ @SuperYapper
— Karan Johar (@karanjohar) August 23, 2018
A film that I am incredibly proud of!! #lovesonia @BajpayeeManoj @RichaChadha @RajkummarRao @mrunal0801 @BecauseImFreida @SaieTamhankar @_AdilHussain @samraajtalkies #14sept #tabreznoorani pic.twitter.com/Hhi6ByCJxa
— Amar Butala (@amarbutala) August 17, 2018
Baldev: The evil that appears virtuous is dangerous.:) #LoveSonia #TabrezNoorani @mrunal0801 @RichaChadha @BajpayeeManoj @RajkummarRao @BecauseImFreida @_AdilHussain @SaieTamhankar #DavidWomark @amarbutala @ThakareShalini @SuperYapper @samraajtalkies @ZeeStudios_ pic.twitter.com/ppFzMpLTbc
— Anupam Kher (@AnupamPKher) August 22, 2018
— Anil Kapoor (@AnilKapoor) August 23, 2018
— Hrithik Roshan (@iHrithik) August 23, 2018
— Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) August 24, 2018
The film is produced by David Womark and has won the best Indie Film Award at Indian Film Festival of Melbourne 2018.
The film is set to release on 14 September in India. It is a must watch!