Swara Bhasker's 'Sheer Qorma' heading to Indian Film Festival Stuttgart
(Sourced from PTI)
Filmmaker Faraz Arif Ansari's Sheer Qorma, a love story between two queer women, is set to be screened at the Indian Film Festival Stuttgart. The 18th edition of the film gala, scheduled to be held from July 21 to July 25, will be held in a virtual format in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Sheer Qorma, which stars Swara Bhasker, Divya Dutta, and Shabana Azmi, is nominated for the best film and German Star of India award at the festival. Swara took to Twitter and wrote that she was honored with the film's selection and nomination.
HUGE! #SheerQorma will have its German Premiere at the prestigious #IFFStuttgart ! ✨ Also nominated for the Best Film Award German Star of India Award 🌈✨ Grateful to the entire team at Indisches Filmfestival Stuttgart! #IFFStuttgart A film by @futterwackening #LoveWins pic.twitter.com/fy2dcAYRYi— Swara Bhasker (@ReallySwara) June 22, 2021
The film is billed as a heart-rending narrative of longing for love and acceptance, felt by "queer children in their parental homes that plays out through delicate story-telling, told through characters of courageous queer women of color." The line-up for Indian Film Festival Stuttgart also includes actor Shefali Shah's maiden directorial project, a short film titled Someday, and Malayalam film The Great Indian Kitchen.
The film revolves around Sitara (Swara Bhasker) and Saira (Divya Dutta), who have been in a relationship for 10 years. They decide to return to India from Toronto as they long for their family's approval. However, Sitara's mother (Shabana Azmi), a conservative, homophobic woman, strongly disapproves of their relationship, which she insists is "against nature." The movie unravels their struggles for Sitara's mother's acceptance.