Hollywood actor Demi Moore will be seen in an Indian film for the first time. She plays a reformist who helps rescue victims of human trafficking in Tabrez Noorani’s Love Sonia.
It wasn’t difficult for Tabrez to get Demi Moore on board. “Demi has been involved in campaigns against human trafficking. She loved the script,” Tabrez says. The movie also features Freida Pinto and Richa Chadha.
Another American actor Mark Duplas, plays a wealthy man in the film who encounters the protagonist Sonia (Riya Sisodia) in LA. “He was a delight to work with. Both Demi and Mark shot in LA. We are done with the shooting. We have started editing.”
The producer says he couldn’t have asked for a better break as a director. “I waited 12 years to make this film. The subject is close to my heart. This is the film I’ve always wanted to direct.” But something or the other always stopped him. “In 2007, I was going to start the project when Slumdog Millionaire came up. When I started working on it again, I was asked to be line producer for Life Of Pi, then Eat Pray Love happened,” he says.
Finally Tabrez’s directorial dream has been fulfilled. “To have a producer like David Womark back me in a film about sex trafficking in Hindi, is amazing,” he says.
The ecstatic first-time director says, “To have a producer of David Womark’s stature back me in my directorial debut, and that too in a film about sex trafficking in Hindi, is an amazing break for me.”
Tabrez feels not much justice has been done to the theme of human trafficking in cinema. “The only significant film I’ve seen on human trafficking is Lukas Moodysson’s Lilia Forever.Otherwise Indian films on the theme like Nagesh Kukunoor’s Laxmi and Pradeep Sarkar’s Mardaani do not have the bandwidth to make a broad impact.”
Though Tabrez has serious creative reservations about a commercial Hollywood film like Taken but he is pleased by the reach of the film. “The message of human trafficking went far in Taken. I’d want my film to have the same reach,” Tabrez is joyous about getting all the actors he wanted.
Says Tabrez, “Freida Pinto, Richa Chadha and two new absolutely fabulous actresses Mrunal Thakur and Riya Sisodia…they’ve all surrendered to my script from the moment they came on board. No money was discussed.And I can’t begin to describe Manoj Bajpai’s level of commitment to the project.”
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