After facing a financial crisis midway, Shilpa Shetty’s comeback film is hitting all the right notes. The Desire – A Journey Of A Woman, direcoted by R Sarath, is making it’s presence felt at various international film festivals. Besides getting screened at the Boston International Film Festival and becoming an official selection at the 2011 New York City International Film festival, it has also grabbed the Best Narrative Feature Film award at the Geneva Film Festival (GFF).
That’s not all. A few days ago, Shilpa’s mother Sunanda Shetty, who has produced the film, was intimated that it won the award for Best Production by a Woman Producer as well as Best Background Score at the New Jersey Independent South Asian Cine Fest (NJISACF). And leading lady Shilpa too has been nominated for the Best Actress category.
“I’m absolutely delighted and overwhelmed as a debut producer to be informed by NJISACF Festival at New Jersey that my film is getting multiple awards,” says Sunanda, adding, “This will be my second award as a debut producer (the first being Best Narrative Feature film at GFF). As a mother and producer, I am proud of Shilpa’s performance in the film. It’s brilliant and I hope she bags the Best Actress Award too. So, I am keeping my fingers crossed.”
Originally, Sunanda wasn’t involved with the film at all. But she was so moved by the script that she decided to bail it out when the producers faced a crisis. Director Sarath was expected to complete the film in 2009, but it got stalled due to financial reasons. He kept requesting Shetty Sr to help out and take over the project. When she read the script, she found the film impressive and decided to take over. The film traces the lives of an accomplished Odissi dancer Goutami, played by Shilpa, and a talented Chinese artiste, Jai Leang, played by Chinese actor Xia Yu.