Raima Sen, Konkona Sen Sharma and Shahana Goswami will be seen in Mirch which the director claims as India’s first film in the erotic genre.
National Award winning filmmaker Vinay Shukla’s upcoming film Mirch promises to live up to its hot title with a lineup of spice girls Raima Sen, Shahana Goswami, Mahie Gill and Konkona Sen Sharma in its cast. “Mirch is India’s first film in the erotic genre”, claims the director. “Yet the beauty lies in the fact that it is not a titillating film. Aparna Sen has described the film as sophisticated, Kundan Shah says it’s erotically stunning while Naseeruddin Shah has gone ahead to say it’s an unashamedly lusty film”.
With an array of interesting characters including Shreyas Talpade, Boman Irani, Arunonday Singh, Rajpal Yadav, Tisca Chopra and Ila Arun, Mirch has four different stories and a fifth one connecting them all. The stories celebrate womanhood under the garb of adultery. “There are multiple narratives running in the film but all are interconnected to seem like an organic whole”, explains Vinay Shukla. “On watching the film, senior filmmaker Saeed Akhtar Mirza said Mirch breaks new grounds in the art of storytelling”.
Shukla says that it wasn’t really difficult to blend the serious issue of gender equality with the comic flavour of the film. “Though Mirch is a sex-comedy it doesn’t deal with the theme of adultery like slapsticks. There is a lot of wit and intelligence in the humour.”
Mirch is also about a struggling filmmaker Maanav who is unwilling to compromise on the script he has written. Shukla who has been a screenwriter in the industry for several years expresses candidly, “Somewhere the struggle of Maanav comes from my struggle as a writer in the industry. In fact at a deeper layer the film is about the creative freedom that an artist needs in this mercantile world which forms the core issue of the film”.
Mirch has made rounds to several film festivals across the globe. It was the opening night film at the New Jersey South Asian Women’s Film Festival and the closing film at the I View Film Festival. Also it was played at MAMI recently. “The response that we got was overwhelming”, says Shukla. Ask him if he expects another National Award after Godmother and the filmmaker says, “It was thrilling to receive a National Award for Godmother but I did not make the film with the intention of winning one. Of course if an award comes my way, I will accept it humbly”.
Vinay Shukla promises to come up with his next film soon unlike the eight-year gap since his last directorial venture Koi Mere Dil Se Pooche. “That was a disaster at the box-office and also a bad film. However I hope to start make my next film without much gap this time”, says the director on a parting note.