About the film :
Directed by Tabrez Noorani, “Love Sonia”, inspired by true events, is a shocking story of a young Indian village girl who gets entrapped in the global sex trade while trying to save her sister.
Debutante Mrunal Thakur is in the title role, with another newcomer, Riya Sisodiya, as her sister.
Womark, who co-produced “Life of Pi” with director Ang Lee and Gil Netter, says “sexual slavery, among other social malaises, emerges from the lack of gender balance in the society”.
After a long time, audience will get to see an unique cast from Bollywood as well as Hollywood in one film.
A poverty-ridden farmer (Adil Hussain) struggles hard to fight poverty and desperation. Despite the poor circumstances, his daughters — Sonia (Mrunal Thakur) and Preeti choose to be happy.
But their happiness is short lived, when their frustrated father decides to sell off Preeti to a local landlord (Anupam Kher) for money. Naïve, shattered and hopeful, Sonia sets off to look for her missing sister without anticipating the ugly repercussions. Her search drags her to Mumbai’s dark underbelly and entraps her in the horrific world of flesh trade and prostitution.
Love Sonia is not an easy watch. It narates a disturbing account that makes your stomach churn. You begin to cringe as the horror unfold layer by layer right before your eyes.
Disturbing, gritty and Dark, Noorani’s honest execution almost suffocates you and also gives you closer look at reality, which is hard to believe. There are scenes in which the girls are transported like objects in containers are pretty shocking.
The film scores well on an awareness level and will give you a good amount of shock value, but the story isn’t very emotionally compelling. The bond between the sisters isn’t established well for you to feel for their separation.
The first half is tight and riveting but the second half the film becomes deliberate and predictable nature, especially the bits in Hong Kong and Los Angeles don’t deliver the same emotional layer. The film fails to unfold organically and loses its grip on your attention. Situations look convinient and hurried towards the end.
Cameos by American actors Demi Moore and Mark Duplass add no value to the film
The USP of ‘Love Sonia’ is its Spectacular Cast -Debutante actress Mrunal Thakur essays the lead character Sonia with sheer conviction.
Richa Chadha in a significant role leaves her mark as an actor once again and Rajkumar Rao shines in his cameo. Freida Pinto is a revelation.
Manoj Bajpai is simply brilliant.
Special mention goes to our very own Anupam Kher and Sai Tamhankar for their significant contribution.
Overall, Love Sonia is a powerful film sans the emotions…. worth a watch.