Udayavni Special

Richa Chadha, Ali Fazal announce first production ‘Girls Will Be Girls’

PTI, Mar 4, 2021, 10:38 AM IST

Mumbai: Actor-couple Richa Chadha and Ali Fazal’s first project as producers will be the coming-of-age story “Girls Will Be Girls”.

The two actors, who have worked together on “Fukrey” series, will produce the project through their newly-launched banner Pushing Buttons Studios.

Debutante filmmaker Shuchi Talati will direct the movie from her own script.

Set in an elite boarding school in a small Himalayan hill town, the story is about 16-year-old Mira, whose sexy, rebellious coming-of-age is hijacked by her mother who never got to come-of-age.

Mother and daughter grow up together through the course of the script and their fraught but ultimately loving relationship is the beating heart of the film.

“Girls Will Be Girls” is the only Indian script invited to the prestigious Berlinale Script Station 2021, a lab that selects 10 projects from around the world every year, according to the makers.

It is also the only Indian project at the Jerusalem Script Lab this year where it will be presented formally at the Jerusalem Film Festival in July, they added.

Lauding Talati, Chadha said the cinematic world the filmmaker has created in “Girls Will Be Girls” is “relatable, often cruel but never hopeless or nihilistic”.

“It”s honest awkwardness will make you chuckle, not weep. It’s full of relatable, lived-in episodes that one finds oddly satisfying – like popping a zit. The mother in our story routinely dodges the self-sacrificing stereotype of the typical Indian mom – she’s complicated, grey, and not a martyr,” the 34-year-old actor said in a statement.

“The dynamic between mother and daughter is so under-explored in Indian and world cinema that the possibilities of ”Girls Will Be Girls” presents are very exciting,” she added.

Fazal, also 34, said the film is close to their hearts as it marks their production debut.

“I am also excited that our studio will enter the market with such a progressive, female-led story. We hope to be able to tell thought-provoking and universal stories with humour and love,” he added.

Talati is an up-and-coming filmmaker, who is based in the US. She recently won the New York State Council of the Arts Grant for the script of “Girls Will Be Girls”. She has also been selected for Berlinale Talents.

The movie will co-produced by Sanjay Gulati of Crawling Angel Films and Claire Chassagne of French banner Dolce Vita Film.

Chadha and Talati have been longtime collaborators as they previously co-directed a documentary about adults living with autism and Down”s syndrome when they were students at Mumbai”s Sophia College.

“In my opinion, Shuchi is an amazing voice and I”ve been following her evolution for years, knowing that one day an incandescent film would be born from her brain. She is definitely a filmmaker to watch out for,” Chadha said.

Udayavani is now on Telegram. Click here to join our channel and stay updated with the latest news.

Top News

Modi for utilising industry’s full potential to meet oxygen demand

B’luru pvt hospitals body to challenge order on 80% beds for COVID-19

India closer to building world’s biggest nuclear plant: EDF

States must jointly negotiate uniform Covid-19 vaccine price with manufacturers, says Chidambaram

BSY urges PM to supply 1,471 tonnes of oxygen and two lakh doses of Remdesivir

IAF airlifts empty oxygen containers to filling stations across India

Rahul raises questions on govt’s priorities after bids invited for central vista project

Related Articles More

Maker of ‘Shashank’ denies in HC film based on Sushant Singh Rajput

”Nomadland” wins top honors at Independent Spirit Awards, Riz Ahmed best actor

Father attended Kumbh but can’t say he caught the virus there: Shravan Rathod’s son

”Bandish Bandits” actor Amit Mistry dies after cardiac arrest

Composer Shravan Rathod, of Nadeem-Shravan duo, dies of COVID-19


UV Exclusive | Increase in covid but why hiring of ventilator operator

Udayavani 23-April-2021 News Bulletin

D.K. district administration will be able to deal with the situation adequately for the next 15 days: Dr. Rajendra K.V

Mangaluru: 1 arrested in Surathkal animal cruelty case

Saligrama town Panchayat Dumping Yard protest

Latest Additions

COVID-19: 28,447 fresh cases in Kerala, active cases 1.78L

Modi for utilising industry’s full potential to meet oxygen demand

Modi tempers attack on Mamata as he winds up Bengal campaign, says state needs peace for development

B’luru pvt hospitals body to challenge order on 80% beds for COVID-19

Airlift oxygen, give adequate vaccines, allow Remdesivir imports: Thackeray tells PM

Thanks for visiting Udayavani

You seem to have an Ad Blocker on.
To continue reading, please turn it off or whitelist Udayavani.