Poverty, prostitution, pedophilia, corruption - India's darker side has always attracted filmmakers for a worthy subject but with
Saas, Bahu Aur Sensex
, director Shona Urvashi has attempted otherwise.
"I have seen so many films portraying the negative aspects in India, so I have tried to show the positive side of our country. My film shows who we are today and how the social, economic and political changes in our country have affected our lives. It is a heart-warming subject," Urvashi told IANS over phone from Mumbai.
Releasing Friday, the film is set against the backdrop of the share market, masala and kitty parties of modern day women living in Mumbai. It has a spicy dose of drama, comedy and emotion.
"Stock market and sensex affect everyone in the country. I wanted to bring this subject forward. For this, I met a lot of stockbrokers and interviewed them about what they thought of the Indian stock market," she said.
Saas, Bahu Aur Sensex is US-based film distribution company Warner Brothers' first Indian venture and boasts of an ensemble cast of 15 known artistes including big names like Farouque Shaikh, Kirron Kher and Lilette Dubey.
Actors Tanushree Dutta, Masumeh Makhija, Sudhanshu Pandey, Ankur Khanna and Sharon Prabhakar are also part of this film.
The narrative unfolds with Nitya Sen (Tanushree Dutta), a young woman who has to abandon her ambition of studying for MBA in the US due to her parents' divorce. Her mother Vinita Sen (Kirron Kher) moves to Mumbai after the separation.
Keen to start a new life for her daughter, Vinita adapts a new lifestyle - she starts going to kitty parties and also takes a plunge into the volatile world of stock markets with the help of a stockbroker, Firoz Sethna (Farouque Shaikh).
In the meantime, Nitya starts working at a call centre where she seeks solace in the company of Ritesh (Ankur Khanna) who is already dating Kirti (Masumeh Makhija).
Kirti, a middle class girl who doesn't mind spending a month's salary on expensive clothes and accessories, dreams of marrying billionaire Yash Modi (Sudhanshu Pandey). Nitya and Ritesh work in Yash's call centre.
Saas, Bahu Aur Sensex offers an insight into various situations and how people cope with the complexities that they face everyday. It is a heady mix of humour and drama.
"This is not a quintessential Bollywood film and has no central character. There are several tracks to it," the director said.
About Farouque Shaikh's comeback in the film, Urvashi says while writing the film, she had the actor in mind and he gave her a positive response after reading the script.