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Hardly any films that celebrate Female Bonding, says Filmmaker Aparna Sen

Filmmaker Aparna Sen's forthcoming directorial venture "Sonata" stars powerhouse performers Shabana Azmi and Lillete Dubey and celebrates female bonding

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Kolkata, March 19, 2017: Filmmaker Aparna Sen, whose forthcoming directorial venture “Sonata” starring powerhouse performers Shabana Azmi and Lillete Dubey celebrates female bonding, says there are hardly any films on the topic.

“Basically, it is about female bonding. We see many films on male bonding, but hardly on female bonding. It really is a celebration of friendship. She (Lillete) is totally laidback. Both are team persons. It becomes important,” Sen said at the trailer launch of the independent movie.

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“Sonata” is adapted from the eponymous play by playwright Mahesh Elkunchwar. The film is slated for a mid-April release.

“Sonata” is the psychological exploration of three unmarried women facing a mid-life crisis. Aparna also stars in the film.

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The 103-minute English drama revolves around three friends — Aruna Chaturvedi, a professor essayed by Aparna, Dolon Sen, a banker portrayed by Shabana, and Subhadra Parekh, a journalist played by Lillete.

Does it have any feminist elements?

“It’s very much there. It’s not underlined but it’s there… People have to know how to see it,” she said.

The “Mr. and Mrs. Iyer” maker revealed she had to coach Shabana (who plays a Bengali character) in pronouncing Bengali words.

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“I had to teach Shabana how to say Bangla words and Shabana had to brief me on how to say certain words,” Aparna added. (IANS)

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Training in Film Production a Must, Says Shabana Azmi

The actress spoke on the importance of film production while interacting with the media when she hosted a painting competition to celebrate the 100th birth anniversary of renowned poet and her father Kaifi Azmi on Saturday.

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Shabana Azmi on importance of film production training

Veteran actress-activist Shabana Azmi feels that Indian film institutes must teach film production to their students.

Asked if Indian film institutes don’t put emphasis on film production as compared to acting and direction, she said: “It is absolutely right thing. I always say this thing because out of our country, there are lots of institutions where production is taught.

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Shabana on need of institutions training students in film production

“In India, for production, you just need to have money and it doesn’t require any kind of experience. I feel film institute’s should understand this thing that production also needs training.”

The actress spoke on the importance of film production while interacting with the media when she hosted a painting competition to celebrate the 100th birth anniversary of renowned poet and her father Kaifi Azmi on Saturday here.

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She added that government subsidised film institutions must include training of film production in their courses.

“I think government subsidised institutions like Film Television Institute of India (FTII) or Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute must incorporate production training in their course.” (Bollywood Country)