New York: Filmmaker Tanuja Chandra is upbeat about her first ever English film Hope and a Little Sugar making it to the South Asian International Film Festival in New York. With her desi venture, Shiney Ahuja-Sushmita Sen starrer Zindagi Rocks getting a dud response back home, the director’s hoping to win some accolades from the western audience.
"Hope and a Little Sugar is more about emotions. It’s about the world being given to easy hatred," Chandra said adding that the film is a Muslim-Sikh love story set against the backdrop of 9/11 blasts in Manhattan. "So many years after 9/11 happened, looking back at the tragedy seems more relevant now than it perhaps would had been earlier," she added.
Starring Mahima Chaudhuri, Anupam Kher and Amit Sial in the lead, Chandra is upbeat about the film for it being a truly international flick.
"Hindi movies, especially Bollywood films, are of a specific sensibility that is geared towards atypical Indian audience. As a director, it was really interesting and a great experiment to speak to an audience that were not just Indians," she said.
Even as Hope and a Little Sugar entered the film festival circuit before its commercial release, Tanuja missed a first-hand account of the box office results of Zindagi Rocks, her latest film back home.
"Half my heart is there, but I couldn't miss showcasing my first English film. There was no way I could have missed this," she said.
Yet another crossover film with atypical Indo-western setting, Hope and a Little Sugar is perhaps an attempt by Chandra to ride the bandwagon of desi filmmakers trying hard to win over the international audiences abroad.