Shubham Yogi’s ‘Kacchey Limbu’ Premieres at Toronto Fest
TORONTO, (IANS) – Debutant director Shubham Yogi’s feature film ‘Kacchey Limbu’ premiered to a rousing welcome at the ongoing Toronto International Festival here.
Centered on street cricket in India, ‘Kacchey Limbu’ is the story of India’s aspirational youth displaying the courage to break into new professions against their parent’s wishes. It is about sibling rivalry and breaking gender barriers. And it is about Indian ‘jugaad bazi’ (makeshift arrangements).
All this happens amid the raucous mohalla life in India.
Produced by Jyoti Deshpande, Pranjal Khandhdiya and Neha Anand, the film’s story plays out in the so-called underarm premier league matches staged in the parks of Mumbai.
“My movie is about claiming your space under the sun. In my film, they find the courage to have their say,” said director Yogi at the premiere of the movie. He said that he chose the medium of sport “because (underarm) cricket is a way of life in Mumbai.”
Radhika Madan, who was the first choice for the lead role, said: “I found the script relatable because lots of girls in India don’t have the luxury to dream. But by the end of the movie, they have the confidence to have dreams and realize them.”
The actress said that she and the director went to an underarm cricket tournament to pick up their playing style.
Rajat Barmecha said that he was all set for a backpacking trip when he got the message that he had been picked for the role of Akash in the movie.
About the release of the film, the director said that he and his cast were just soaking up the moment in Toronto and would think about the release later.