Frieda Pinto’s forthcoming film Trishna, directed by Michael Winterbottom, will open in Indian cinema halls at the end of July, but for adults only. Producer Sunil Bohra says, “We don’t want a U/A certificate. Contrary to popular opinion, I feel that the Censor Board has become progressive. They will be viewing the film this week and we are applying for an ‘A’ certificate like Aamir Khan did for Delhi Belly (2011).”
This British drama is an adaptation of Thomas Hardy’s novel, Tess of the d'Urbervilles. Ask Sunil if the intimate encounters between Frieda and co-star Riz Ahmed will pose a problem in India, and he says, “It’s a love story with a sad ending, so it shouldn’t be a problem. Michael has made hard-hitting and realistic films like The Road to Guantanamo (2006) and A Mighty Heart (2007). He brings that sensibility to Trishna.”
The film that opened at IFFI Goa last year starts off as a tale of romance, but fast turns into a lustful affair in which Riz’s character exploits Trishna (Freida) in the name of love. The film’s sequences have references to the Kamasutra.
The producer says that he and Winterbottom are going to particularly target South India because of Freida’s popularity there. He adds, “Freida, Riz and Winterbottom will be in India for a week-long promotional campaign. Besides Mumbai, Delhi and other North Indian states, we will travel to Hyderabad, Chennai, Coimbatore and some other cities to promote the film.”
Shot in Hindi and English, Trishna is slated to release on 650 screens across the country. The film has cameos by Anurag Kashyap, Kalki Koechlin and singer-composer Amit Trivedi.
It will release internationally on July 6.