Tora's Husband, 2022
Tora's Husband - a loving father and a kind neighbour, struggles to keep his small-town business afloat while his relationships deteriorate, amidst loss and lockdowns.
The film had its World Premiere at Toronto International Film Festival 2022, in the prestigious Platform competition section, the Asian Premiere was at Busan International Film Festival 2022 and Indian Premiere at Kolkata International Film Festival 2022.
I felt as a filmmaker I have the means to tell the stories of these times. I wanted to tell the stories of common people whose lives and livelihood are directly or indirectly affected by the pandemic, yet they have to keep going.
In the midst of loss, lockdowns and life, we shot the film over two years in real locations and natural conditions. The cast and crew were dealing with constant feeling of fear and restlessness. Often it was impossible to focus with so many things happening around. But I just had to make this film, as this time will become history one day.
The story of my protagonist also reflects my personal experiences living and working during the pandemic. I lost my father during the initial days of shooting the film and this film in a way became cathartic in dealing with the grief. I dedicate this film to my father and all those who have lost their loved ones during the pandemic.