Kolkata: Srijit Mukherji’s Uma is embarking on a prestigious journey. The film is an official selection at many film festivals around the world. It has been confirmed as an official selection at theNew York Indian Film Festival (NYIFF) 2018, London Indian Film Festival (LIFF) 2018 and the India Film Festival of Alberta (IFFA) 2018.
The film also marks the debut of Jishhu Sengupta’s elder daughter, Sara. Mukherjee said he is “humbled” by the response the film has been receiving at festivals abroad. “I am happy to learn that the story of ‘Uma’ is receiving positive response from film fraternities across the world,” he said.
The New York film fest is scheduled between May 7 and 12 and the London-based event in June. The film has been selected in the “feature category” of the two fests. ‘Uma’ has been inspired by the story of Canadian boy Evan Leversage, who died of cancer in 2015.
The film is about a young girl who is fighting a terminal disease, a father who is struggling to make his daughter’s dreams come true, and a director, who is haunted by his past. “Uma, enacted by Sara Sengupta, is a girl who has been brought up in Austria. Her father Himadri, played by Jisshu, takes her to Kolkata and sets up a Durga Puja, much ahead of time, to fulfill her wishes,” Mukherji said.
The real-life chemistry between Jishhu Sengupta and his daughter Sara is reflected beautifully in the film, Mukherjee said. Uma is set for release on June 8, this year.