The film has an ensemble cast comprising Manoj Bajpayee, Richa Chadha, Rajkummar Rao, Sai Tamhankar, Adil Hussain, Demi Moore, Freida Pinto and newcomer Mrunal Thakur. Film critic Taran Adarsh announced the release date on Twitter, writing, “Release date finalised… Manoj Bajpayee, Richa Chadha, Rajkummar Rao, Sai Tamhankar, Adil Hussain, Demi Moore, Mark Duplass with Freida Pinto and Mrunal Thakur… #LoveSonia to release on 14 Sept 2018… Directed by Tabrez Noorani.”
The movie has been screened at various international film galas, including the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne (IFFM). Along with being the opening film at the festival, it was also honoured with the Best Indie Film award. Love Sonia is a hard-hitting story of a 17-year-old girl who risks her life to rescue her sister from the sex trade. The movie is shot in India, Hong Kong and Los Angeles.
Tabrez Noorani was inspired to make Love Sonia after he was introduced to 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. Producer David Womark said: “I am deeply thankful for the accolades Love Sonia has got so far in London and Melbourne. Tabrez has made a powerful film and I am glad we are now releasing in India”.
- B-Town celebs at the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne