Award winning film maker and visual artist Natasha Mendocan's debut directorial film Ajeeb Aashiq addresses the hard reality of identity, class, creed coupled with glamour of the entertainment industry. A story of a transgender person who is put side by side with the unequal seems like a fiction, but is the truth which the film portrays.
The film is set for its debut screening in Mumbai and will be presented by TBA in association with G5A Film Society. It premiered at the International Film Festival, Rotterdam, where the film was nominated for the Bright Future award.
The film portrays the story of the lives of a Bollywood musician played by singer-song writer Suman Sridhar and a working class transgender man Khush essayed by Khush Mishra. Suman Sridhar known for her songs in the films Talash and Shaitan. Apart from playing the lead in the film she is also the co-producer and music director with some of the lyrics and rap verses written for the film. She has a strong background in gender studies and is a civil right activists besides arts.
The story starts off with transgender Khush wanting to transform his female body like a Bollywood muscleman. Suman is the musician whose work is being criticised in a conservative socio political scenario in India. The two cross path with each other in the metropolis city of Mumbai.
The makers are looking forward to filming this unusual film at the UK Premiere at the Tate Modern Museum in London this July. The occasion will also present Suman Sridhar's solo album, ' The Black Mamba' which pens on the conditions faced by the human race through globalization or patriarchy. The film was premiered at the International Film Festival in Rotterdam and was also nominated for the Bright Future Awards of 2016 and was selected to be a part of the Open Doors at the Locamo Film Festival in Switzerland in 2011.
Released as an independent cinema the filmmakers Mendonca says that the overall support for independent film making is not encouraged in India.