By Sarah TewariThe film, directed by Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, follows the exploits of a young, black Indian woman who becomes embroiled in the anti-colonial movement.
The film is based on the true story of Anjali Singh, who escaped a racist lynching in the early 1960s and eventually made her way to the United States.
The filmmaker, Rahul Kumar, says he has been working on the film for several years and hopes to have it released in cinemas in early 2018.
Kumar says that he had a hard time securing the film’s release because he was worried that a similar situation would occur with the film “Sri Lankan Girl” starring Rishi Kapoor, a black Indian actor.
“The response was so positive, I was so excited and I knew that I had to work very hard,” he says.
“But I had a great experience, it was a very rewarding experience and I really felt proud of myself.
I felt proud that I have been able to do what I have done.”
Kumar also feels that “Kahania” is part of the larger cultural dialogue that India is grappling with today.
“I feel it is important for people to learn the truth and the truth is very important,” he explains.
“In a democracy, the people should have their voice heard.
It’s not just about the voice of the actor but the voice as well.”
Indian cinema is slowly becoming more diverse, with the likes of Amitabh Bachchan and Priyanka Chopra making waves in the industry.
While India is still a nation of Hindus, the country has witnessed a surge in film production in recent years, with films such as “Mumbai Story” and “Vishwaam” gaining huge popularity.
Kampal says that the film has a unique perspective on the colonial era in India, and that he is excited about the future of Indian cinema.
“It’s not a film that tells stories about the past or the present but it’s about the present.
It has to tell the present and not about the distant past,” he said.