‘The Brittle Thread’ to premiere at Kerala International Film Festival

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Indian filmmaker Ritesh Sharma’s feature debut “The Brittle Thread (Jhini Bini Chadariya)” is set to have its Indian premiere at the 26th Kerala International Film Festival, the makers said on Monday.

The trilingual drama – Hindi, English and Hebrew – will be screened in competition in the Indian Cinema Now section during the film’s gala, which will be held in Thiruvanathapuram from March 18 to 25.

Set in Sharma’s hometown of Varanasi, “The Brittle Thread” follows the story of street dancer Rani (Megha Mathur) and hand weaver Shahdab (Muzaffar Khan), who both struggle with the hardships of life in the bustling city of Uttar Pradesh.

The film’s synopsis reads: “Rani, a headstrong and feisty street dancer, works hard to care for her daughter while reclusive weaver Shahdab discovers a new world in her friendship with an Israeli tourist. Exploring the dimensions of life. love and hate in the ancient city of Varanasi, their cultural and political identities come to the fore. Will the luminous fabric of our diversity soon turn into an iron curtain, dividing those who seem to belong to those who don’t?”

Sharma, known for his 2010 documentary film “The Holy Wives” about caste-based sexual exploitation and human trafficking in India, also wrote “The Brittle Thread”.

Other films in the Indian Cinema Now section include: “Shoebox”, “Life is Suffering Death is Salvation”, “The Mist”, “Deep6”, “Boomba Ride” and “Bagh (The Tiger)”.

“The Brittle Thread” also stars Sivan Spector, Utkarsh Srivastava, Roopa Chaurasiya, Nishant Kumar. Shweta Nagar and Syed Iqbal Ahmed.

It is produced by Visvesh Singh Sehrawat and co-produced by Sampat Singh Rathore and Abhinav Pareek.

The film had its world premiere at the 34th Tokyo International Film Festival late last year.

Darcy J. Skinner