After tying the knot last month, actors Richa Chadha and Ali Fazal’s maiden production has commenced shoot for their first production, ‘Girls Will Be Girls’. Directed by debutante Shuchi Talati, the shoot has begun in Uttarakhand.
The story of the film is set in a boarding school and follows a 16 year old Mira, whose rebellious coming of age is hijacked by her mother who never got to come of age.
Malayalam actress Kani Kusruti has been roped into play the lead role for the film. For those who don’t know, Kani Kusruti has won the prestigious Kerala State award, Filmfare award, the Rome Prisma Award and the BRICS international awards in the past. The film will also mark the debut and launch of two new young actors, Preeti Panigrahi and Kesav Binoy Kiron who will be essaying the lead roles alongside Kani.
Talking about the film Shuchi Talati, said, “I am overwhelmed by the process naturally and am very excited to make my first film. I feel confident about the script since I received validation due to the numerous grants our project has received. I hope I can live up to expectations. I am working with a fantastic set of actors and a great crew, so I feel grateful.”
Adding to her thoughts, actress and producer Richa Chadha, said, “I am grateful for these humble beginnings as I always wanted to get behind good quality indies. Shuchi and I have been friends since college and I am happy to be a part of her journey. I am confident she will make a good feature which has huge international prospects.”
Ali Fazal added by saying,” We started this creators lab with the intent of backing new talent. ‘Girls Will Be Girls’ is the apt first film step for us in that respect. ”
Earlier this year, the film won the Arte Kino prize and the VFF Talent Highlights Award at the Berlinale Co-Production Market. Pushing Buttons Studio had also conducted a free lighting workshop called UnderCurrent for women who wish to become gaffers in the industry in June 2022.