After its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival and its Asian premiere at the Busan International Film Festival, director and actress Nandita Das Zwigato’s upcoming film is set to premiere on India at the 27th International Film Festival of Kerala. The festival started in Trivandrum today and will continue till December 16. The film stars Kapil Sharma and Shahana Goswani was selected as the opening film in the Kaleidoscope section of the festival. Screenings are on December 10th and 13th.
Written and directed by Nandita, the film features Kapil as a food delivery rider who struggles with the world of ratings and algorithms. Shahana plays his wife, a housewife, who starts working to support his income. It is the story of the relentless struggle of life but not without shared moments of joy. Set in Bhubaneswar, Odisha, the film captures the lives of invisible common people who are hidden in plain sight.
Kapil started his film career with Kis Kisko Pyaar Karoon (2015) and then followed it up with Firangi (2017). High on the humor quotient, these commercial potboilers saw him in his element. Zwigato, however, will see him in a brand new avatar. In a recent interview with Rediff, he said that even if the indie film does not perform well, he would not have any loss.
“I told my wife recently, if this movie doesn’t work, I won’t lose anything. But if it succeeds and becomes a success, then I will get a lot out of it. People will say, “Kapil ne bahut accha kaam kiya ha” (Kapil has done a good job). It is important that more and more people watch the film. Comedy shows are my bread and butter. But because of that, I was motivated to look for something else to do… Someone asked me, weren’t you scared? I said why should I be afraid? Woh dukaan to apni chal hee rahi hai (My shop is running smoothly). I’m just adding to it.”
Talking about the film earlier, Nandita had said, “It’s a story about new urban India that is not just about the gig economy, but also about everything we normalize around us. I have found the perfect production partner in Sameer Nair (producer) to narrate this simple yet complex slice of life film.”
Zwigato is presented by Applause Entertainment and Nandita Das Initiatives.
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