After winning the hearts of the audience and critics alike, and trending on Netflix for over a month, Once Again starring Shefali Shah and Neeraj Kabi is now gearing up for a limited theatrical release in Metro Cities through Vkaao, a joint venture of PVR and Book-My-Show for movies on demand.
The theatrical release of Once Again kickstarts with a special screening in Mumbai on 8th December in Juhu PVR followed by Q & A with the starcast.
Witten and Directed by Kanwal Sethi, Once Again is an unusual and mature love story of Tara, a widowed mother who runs a small restaurant and one of her customers, a popular film actor Amar to whom she delivers his daily meals. Tara has never seen him – except on the big screen.
Apart from the lead stars, Shefali Shah and Neeraj Kabi, the film features a stellar cast which includes Rasika Dugal, Bhagwan Tiwari, Bidita Bag and Priyanshu Painyuli.
The music composer, Talvin Singh, who has been at the helm of fusion music, and has collaborated with the likes of Madonna, has created an enchanting and melodious soundtrack for the film.
Talking about the film’s theatrical release by Vkaao, Writer-director of Once Again Kanwal Sethi, says, “Once Again is a lyrical ode to the fundamental and basic human emotions including love. Besides focusing on aspects such as loneliness in the urban cities, it depicts a story that resonates with everyone. This has reflected through the responses received by the film so far. I am extremely happy about the film’s release through Vkaao and positive that theatrical audiences will also identify and relate with the film.”
Shefali Shah, the lead actor of Once Again who was extremely delighted with the theatrical release of the film said, “The film has many nuances which are so delicate that they’re meant to be seen on a big screen to soak in all the flavours. So … go watch Once Again on the big screen.”
Sanjay Gulati, the producer and presenter of the film said, “I am extremely
delighted that the film is getting released theatrically through Vkaoo. Till now, Once Again has received overwhelmingly positive responses and I am confident that it will garner similar responses with its theatrical release. Now experience the mesmerizing love story of Amar and Tara on the big screen.”
The Indo-German film is produced by Crawling Angel Films, Jar Pictures, Neufilm in collaboration with ZDF/ARTE and is presented by Sanjay Gulati and Neeraj Pandey. ZDF/ARTE are the powerful channels behind films like Lunchbox, Masaan and Qissa.
The film won Facebook Award for the best Work-in-Progress Lab project at the Film Bazaar in Goa.
About the film:
Tara is a widowed mother who runs a small restaurant. One of her customers is popular film actor Amar, she delivers his daily meals. Tara has never seen him – except on the big screen. A chance phone conversation becomes a ritual. They spend hours on the phone, unable to muster the courage to meet. Aware of the reality of an impossible relationship and afraid to transcend the boundaries both have drawn around themselves they live within their safe bubbles. Until one day, when Amar sets out to meet Tara… What follows is a poetic journey of the two lonely hearts in Mumbai, a city of 15 million souls.
About the director:
Kanwal Sethi was born in Amritsar, India. After finishing school, he founded a theatre group and began to stage at various independent theatres. He shifted to Germany and studied Political science and Economics in Dresden. Followed by his own stage productions and parallel to this he started work on his own film projects. His short films and documentaries were screened at various international film festivals as well as the Museum of Modern Art New York. JUNCTION POINT was his debut feature film and premiered at Max ÖphulsPreis and MAMI.
About the Producers
Since we successfully started producing films 10 years ago, we are constantly confronted with the phenomenon of a separation of art and commerce. Arthouse and mainstream seem to be often incompatible in the industry. The aim of Neufilm is to connect these two poles and make the author film accessible to a broader audience.
Crawling Angel Films:
Crawling Angel Films is a film production company based in India that aims to tell the world unique stories through films, which have the quality to capture human emotions through their strong narratives. The dedicated team of Crawling Angel Films is all set out to dissolve the boundaries between the various nations of the globe by getting them well versed with one universal language – the language of Cinema. They have produced award-winning films such as, LAJWANTI (Berlin International Film Festival 2014), ASHWATTHAMA (Busan International Film Festival 2017), MEHSAMPUR and THE SHEPHERDESS AND THE SEVEN SONGS (co-production lab in Film Bazaar and Hong Kong International Film Festival) is currently under the process of shooting.