Michael Winterbottom's adaptation of Thomas Hardy's novel Tess of the d'Urbervilles, Trishna stars Frieda Pinto and Riz Ahmed in the lead. The trailer is quite bold and shows an array of lovemaking scenes between the two.
Trishna revolves around the tragic relationship between the son of a property developer and the daughter of an auto rickshaw owner.
It was premiered at Tribeca Film Festival (2012), Toronto International Film Festival (2011) and 42nd International Film Festival of India (2011).
The film was shot in Jaipur and Mumbai. Michael had earlier come to India to film The Mighty Heart (2007), starring Angelina Jolie and Irrfan Khan.
After adapting Jude the Obscure (Jude, 1996) and The Mayor Of Casterbridge (The Claim, 2000) for the big screen, Michael had turned his attention to another Thomas Hardy classic, Tess Of The D'Urbervilles. He transported Tess, renamed Trishna, from 19th century England to contemporary rural Rajasthan. The peasant girl is wooed by a wealthy Anglo-Indian property developer, Jay Singh, and whisked away to the bright lights of cosmopoliton Mumbai. Here he reveals himself to be a sadist and the relationship turns volatile and sordid.
Describing Trishna as her biggest challenge to date, Freida admits that it was an experience to return to India and shoot a film despite the dust and heat. She told Hindustan Times: "We shot for six weeks and except for one day off for a publicity photo shoot, I was on the set every day. I'm virtually the hero of the film," she reminisces, adding, "Growing up, I was an avid Thomas Hardy fan and it was a high to relive a character from my literature class."
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.
A movie still from Trishna.