Ajeeb Aashiq // Strange Love
(Natasha Mendonca, 2016, 70 min, India, in Hindi w/ English subtitles, Color, DCP)
-- Introduced by Sylvia Herbold (AMI)!
Ajeeb Aashiq // Strange Love is award-winning filmmaker and visual artist Natasha Mendonca’s groundbreaking debut feature film. The world premiere took place at the 45th International Film Festival, Rotterdam, February 2016 and was nominated for the Bright Future Award.
The cast of the film includes Mumbai-based Khush Mishra and singer-songwriter Suman Sridhar in a lead role with her original music alongside theatre actor Jim Sarbh.
Ajeeb Aashiq // Strange Love is a tale of unrequited love, betrayal, and friendship. A stylish working class transgender man, Khush crosses paths with Bollywood singer Suman in a contemporary portrait of Mumbai. The cinema-verite style film chronicles Khush’s journey of becoming a man and Suman’s critique of hetero-patriarchy through her creative voice. The intimate gaze of the film paints a compelling portrait of a city hanging in the balance, skewed by poverty and class divide on the one hand, united on the other hand by the characters’ longing and pursuit of a utopia.
-- “The search for identity, happiness and love, Natasha Mendonca’s contemporary portrait of male-female relationships and alternative lifestyles in India is unique, strange, original and particularly provocative. A real discovery!” – Pink Screens (Brussels)
Cost: Free and open to the public
Sponsor: The Program in the Arts of the Moving Image (AMI).