With the trailer doing the rounds and after garnering incredible reviews at the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne, Rajkummar Rao and Nargis Fakhri-starrer 5 Weddings is all set for its world wide theatrical release next month.
It is interesting to see how in a country like ours where there is a continual lack of acceptance and opportunity for the transgender community, director Namrita Gujral takes up their cause in the film, making it one of the first films inclusive of mainstream Indian actors.
Sources tell us that initially both Rajkummar and Nargis loved the script, but about two weeks before the shoot began, Nargis who plays an Indo-American journalist in the film, started to get cold feet and was apprehensive about including the transgender community. Apparently she even started to recieve threat calls to back out from the film. Rajkummar on the other hand, held the fort and insisted that the show must go on as the film comprises a great script that takes up the cause of the transgender community.
“Once we decided to introduce the hijra angle, it took up pretty much the entire film — The abuse of Hijras, within Indian communities at large.
About two weeks prior to the shoot, I got a call from Nargis from India. She was hysterical and cried, she begged me to take the hijra angle out. She had been threatened, I am not sure by who, but she said if she did it, she would be in danger. I then also got a call from her manager in London and I said I can’t stop the picture, we were shooting in two weeks. So Nargis asked if we could water down the Hijra angle.”
She adds 5 Weddings’is an enthralling narrative of cultural clashes, transgender tangles and lost love along the heartfelt journey of life, symbolised by the universal ups and downs of a wedding celebration.
Presented by Amaash Films and Uniglobe Entertainment, the film is slated to release on September 21.