Richa Chadha, who is currently shooting in Bangalore for the Shakeela Khan biopic in which she will be seen playing the 90s South Indian icon, is geared up for the release of her critically acclaimed film, Love Sonia. Directed by Tabrez Noorani, who has produced Academy Award winning movies like Slumdog Millionaire, Zero Dark Thirty and Life of Pi, the story of Love Sonia follows a young girl who gets sucked into the ugly world of sex trafficking and the global flesh trade. Starring Mrunal Thakur in the lead, the film also brings Manoj Bajpayee, Freida Pinto, Rajkummar Rao, Adil Hussain, Anupam Kher and Saiee Tamhankar playing pivotal characters in the quest of Sonia and is slated for release on 14th September, although it has premiered at several International Film Festivals and has also won awards for tackling such a sensitive issue so beautifully.
As the film depicts how a young girl is brought into the flesh trade from a small town, Richa wants to hold screenings of the film in small towns across the country to create awareness on sex trafficking and how to prevent the heinous crime from being committed. The Fukrey actress, who recently won the award for Best Supporting Actress at the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne and the award for Outstanding Performance at the London Indian Film Festival earlier this year, believes that in order to eradicate the awful practice of flesh trade, it is extremely important to educate the masses at the grass root level.
On the topic, Richa said, “Cinema still lacks access to a vast audience and Love Sonia and its theme matters. It’s time girls should be aware from a young age of a dark reality that exists. An education is a must for girls from their high school and colleges. I thus upon release, plan on showing the film to girls in smaller towns and conducting screenings to help create a wider awareness and begin a conversation.”
The talented actress will soon be seen on the web reprising her role of Zarina Malik in Amazon Prime’s original web series, Inside Edge 2.