After its world premiere next month at the Toronto International Film Festival that is TIFF, The Hungry which is Britain-India co-production, will have its European premiere at the BFI London Film Festival (LFF) and its Asia premiere at the Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival in India in October.
The Hungry starring Naseeruddin Shah, Tisca Chopra, Arjun Gupta, Neeraj Kabi, Antonio Aakeel, Suraj Sharma and Sayani Gupta is a Cinestaan Film Company/film London co-production.
The movie follows Tulsi Joshi (Tisca) who is a widow and bride-to-be lady who arrives at her own wedding for seeking revenge of her brutally murdered first-born son. The movie explores violence between power and love which is based on William Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus. Basically the movie is about a horrifying fairy tale set in the elite circles of northern India.
The movie is written and directed by Bornila Chatterjee and is co-written and produced by Tanaji Dasgupta and Kurban Kassam. ‘The Hunger’ was born with a desire to build up a strong links between the Indian and Britain’s film industries.
The two companies involved were being supported by the British Council and this enabled a course of workshops at Shakespeare Lives festival with a goal to develop the movie in anticipation of the current UK/India year of culture.
Naseeruddin Shah said that it is a movie to watch out for “Bornila is extremely open and receptive to ideas from others, which can be rare with first-time directors. I would rate Bornila as among the best directors I’ve worked with, and you could sense that in her first film itself.”
Recalling her work experience in the movie Tisca said, “During the course of the film, I hardly slept for about 20 days, not because I didn’t have the time but because I was sweating and thinking – I could’ve done this, I could’ve done that. The writing has so many layers and levels that you keep peeling things off and there’s still more to do.”