Watching 'Evening Shadows' made me a better human being: Shabana Azmi

Right behind the heels of Sec 377 verdict, Hindi feature film ‘Evening Shadows’ making a splash

Watching 'Evening Shadows' made me a better human being: Shabana Azmi

Eminent actor Shabana Azmi had tears in her eyes after watching the feature film 'Evening Shadows' at Lonavala International Film Festival 2018, and said, "Today after watching 'Evening Shadows' I really feel that it has made me a better human being".

"I feel that all families, especially in our country, should see this film. I hope that a big studio or a big producer will embrace this film and presents it. I strongly feel that this film will run, it will be successful at the box office. I have full trust that this film will be a hit."

Shabana Azmi who was one of the lead actors of the pathbreaking film Fire by Deepa Mehta said that 'Evening Shadows' has been made with great sensitivity, with absolute honesty, and tenderness.

“Having Shabana Azmi ji watching our film ‘Evening Shadows’ was an honour in itself. Her deep appreciation for the film was truly encouraging. It means a lot to get a pat from the veteran member of the fraternity. Hope the film will soon make its journey to theatres and reach to masses”, said Saagar Gupta, producer, creative director, dialogue writer and lyricist of the film.

Sridhar Rangayan, director of the film said, “Shabana Azmi ji loving our film is a big high. She appreciated the honest story-telling and brilliant performances of all the actors. But her assurance that she will help in taking this film towards mainstream distribution is a big thrust forward for the film. Our fingers are firmly glued”.

The film ‘Evening Shadows’ will have its first theatrical screening (non-festival) on Sept 13th at Cinestudio Theater in Connecticut, USA. “This is the first step in distribution for the film and we hope there will be many more successes”, said Rangayan who is gearing up to travel to Hong Kong along with lead actor Devansh Doshi for the film’s premiere at the Hong Kong Gay & Lesbian Film Festival on September 20 and 21. Rangayan will also participate in a roundtable discussion about LGBTQ cinema in Asian Countries.

'Evening Shadows' was screened as the Opening Film at the Lonavala International Film Festival on September 7, 2018, and had an encore screening on September 8, 2018. The festival held at Triose Plaza attracted houseful audiences for the film - from media personalities to students to general audiences.

'Evening Shadows' has already won three awards and has been an Official Selection at 35 international film festivals. It is scheduled to have its Chicago Premiere on September 22, 2018, at the prestigious Chicago South Asian Film Festival and the screening is supported by the local South Asian LGBTQ group Trikone.