Love Sonia is a 2018 Indian drama film directed by Tabrez Noorani and produced by David Womark. The film features newcomer Mrunal Thakur as the title character along with Riya Sisodiya, Freida Pinto, Demi Moore, Manoj Bajpayee, Richa Chadda, Anupam Kher, Adil Hussain, Rajkummar Rao, and Sai Tamhankar. Love Sonia had its world premiere at the London Indian Film Festival on 21 June 2018. The film was released in India on 14 September 2018.
|Directed by||Tabrez Noorani|
|Produced by||David Womark|
|Written by||Ted Caplan|
|Music by||Niels Bye Nielsen & A. R. Rahman|
|Edited by||Martin Singer|
|Distributed by||Zee Studios|
|Budget||₹9 crore (US$1.3 million)|
|Box office||₹22 crore (US$3.1 million)|
The film is the harrowing account of two sisters robbed of their innocence when one is sold by her debt-ridden father, and the other follows after her in the hope of rescuing her but becomes trapped in the sex trade herself. While on troublesome and challenging journey that takes us through the red light areas of Mumbai, the latent innocence in the younger sister and the grit to rescue her sister and eventually herself stays intact.
- Mrunal Thakur as Sonia
- Freida Pinto as Rashmi
- Sai Tamhankar as Anjali
- Mark Duplass as an American expatriate
- Manoj Bajpayee as Faizal
- Rajkummar Rao as Manish
- Richa Chadda as Madhuri
- Riya Sisodiya as Preeti
- Anupam Kher as Dada Thakur
- Adil Hussain as Shiva
- Demi Moore as Selma
- Sunny Pawar as Bang Bang
Tabrez Noorani was inspired to make Love Sonia after he was introduced to the severity of human trafficking in Los Angeles in 2003, when some girls were found in a shipping container from China. One of them was a young Indian girl. The incident inspired Noorani to work with non-governmental organizations focused on trafficking in Los Angeles. He has also participated in several brothel raids. Noorani and Womark met on Ang Lee's Life of Pi and have been working on the project for three years. This film basically revolves around a scenario that depicts the human trafficking of girls for heinous practices that are portrayed in the red-light areas of Mumbai depicting the sorrow of prostitutes on a large scale.
Mrunal Thakur was cast in the title role after a year long search of over 2,500 girls.
Awards and nominationsEdit
|Award||Date of ceremony[a]||Category||Recipient(s)||Result||Ref.|
|Golden Globe Awards||6 January 2019||Best Foreign Language Film||Love Sonia||Submitted|||
|Indian Film Festival of Melbourne||10 Aug 2018 – 22 Aug 2018||Best Indie Film||Won|||
|Best Director||Tabrez Noorani||Nominated|
|Best Supporting Performance||Richa Chadda||Won|
|London Indian Film Festival||21 Jun 2018 – 29 Jun 2018||Best Newcomer Award||Mrunal Thakur||Won|||
|Outstanding Achievement Award||Richa Chadda||Won|
- Date is linked to the article about the awards held that year, wherever possible.
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