After receiving critical acclaim and overwhelming audience reactions at its World Premiere in Sydney at the Mardi Gras Film Festival on February 25th, Sridhar Rangayan’s feature film Evening Shadows will screen in Bengauluru, his hometown. The film will screen on March 1st at 2.30pm at the state-run Bengaluru International Film Festival, being held at PVR Cinemas, Orion Mall, Rajajinagar. It is playing in the Indian Cinema competition section.
“We are really excited at it premiering in Bengaluru because almost the entire film is shot in and around Mysore; so it is truly homecoming”, said Rangayan, “The story is set in Srirangapatna and shot at picturesque locations of Talkad, Karighatta, Balmuri, etc. The film has the backdrop of the culture and tradition of a Tamilian family in Karnataka and a family drama is woven around it”.
Evening Shadows is a film about a mother and son bond that is put to test when the son tells his mother that he is gay. Being from a small town conservative patriarchal family, the mother’s love for her son is put to test. The film has received a UA certificate.
“Being associated with this film right from its natal stage, I am proud as well as humbled to see how audiences have reacted to and embraced it at its World Premiere in Sydney recently. Hopefully Evening Shadows will strike a chord with audiences at the Bangalore International Film Festival because there is nothing more eternal and endearing than the love and bond a child shares with the mother”, said Saagar Gupta, who is the producer and creative producer of the film, and also written the dialogues and song.
‘There could be no better Indian Premier for Evening Shadows than a mainstream international film festival on home soil. And there cannot be a greater honour than to be put into the Competition Catagory at the festival. Our film richly deserves the attention it is getting, purely on the basis of merit. I look forward to being there and representing it, with other members of our team. I hope we come back a winner!’, said Mona Ambegaonkar who plays Vasudha the mother.
Veteran actor Ananth Mahadevan who plays the dogmatic father Damodar in the film said, “Excited that the film’s first Indian competition selection is at the BIFF. More so because the film is set there and pertains to people, tradition and progressive trends. This is personal cinema that reaches out and touches you.” Devansh Doshi, who plays the son Kartik, said, “We have put our heart and soul into the film and I hope it manages to strike a chord with each and every person in the audience.”
“I’m curious is to see what impact this film makes on the audience, as the aim of this film is not just to be appreciated as a nice film, but to actually change and enlighten the thought process of the audience in a very pure and honest way”, said Arpit Chaudhary who plays the love interest in the film. The director along with the lead actors are attending the film festival and hope the screening will not only attract the film festival audience but also the local LGBTQ community and their families.
EVENING SHADOWS Screenings
Mardigras Film Festival, Sydney – February 25, 2018
Bengaluru International Film Festival – March 1, 2018
Roze Filmdagen, Amsterdam – March 10, 2018
Outfest Fusion, Los Angeles – March 10, 2018