Filmmaker Tabrez Noorani's Love Sonia has been honoured by the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne 2018 with two awards, winning the Best Indie Film and the Best Supporting Performance Award to actress Richa Chadha. The film was also the opening film at the festival. Actress Freida Pinto, too, won the diversity award at the festival.
Director Tabrez Noorani shared, “Love Sonia is an important film, not only for me but also for the inspiring cast and crew that gave this movie their all. To have this recognized by the IFFM means a lot.”
Actress Mrunal Thakur said, “I am extremely happy to know that a film like Love Sonia is getting appreciations and winning awards, I always wanted my film to be such where it leaves an impact on audiences hearts and they take home a message. I really appreciate the team’s effort and glad that Tabrez’s efforts are being recognized as it's his dream project.”
Filmmaker Rajkumar Hirani expressed, “The most disturbing film I have ever seen in life and I am saying it in a good way. It requires tremendous courage and empathy to do this, a big salute to the entire team of Love Sonia.”
Vicky Kaushal shared, “Stunned, shocked and so moved after watching Love Sonia. Every moment, every performance is as real as it can get. Kudos to Director Tabrez Noorani for his brilliant research and direction and to each and every actor in the film for their performance.”
The film which is a hard-hitting story of a 17-year-old girl who risks her life to rescue her sister from the sex trade is shot in India, Hong Kong, and Los Angeles.
The film has a strong ensemble cast including Freida Pinto, Manoj Bajpayee, Rajkummar Rao, Richa Chadha, Anupam Kher, Adil Hussain, Sai Tamhankar, Sunny Parwar, Demi Moore, Mark Duplass, Noorani is introducing Mrunal Thakur as the lead character, as well as Riya Sisodiya.
Love Sonia is scheduled to release in India in September.