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Festival run continues for Richa Chadha and Ali Fazal's 'Girls Will Be Girls'

Updated on: 15 February,2024 06:40 AM IST  |  Mumbai
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Richa-Ali’s Girls Will Be Girls selected for South By Southwest Film Festival

Festival run continues for Richa Chadha and Ali Fazal's 'Girls Will Be Girls'

Ali Fazal and Richa Chadha

Richa Chadha and Ali Fazal are literally pushing buttons. The couple, who turned producers with Pushing Buttons Studios, is thrilled to announce that their maiden venture, Girls Will Be Girls, has been chosen for the prestigious South By Southwest (SXSW) Film Festival. The Shuchi Talati directorial venture, which earned acclaim and won a couple of awards at the Sundance Film Festival, will be screened in the Festival Favourites section of SXSW. Said to be one of the largest and most renowned film festivals globally, it will be held in Austin, Texas, from March 8 to 17.

Girls Will Be Girls revolves around a 16-year-old girl navigating the challenges of adolescence within the confines of a boarding school. The cast includes Kani Kusruti, Jitin Gulati, Preeti Panigrahi, and Kesav Binoy Kiron in pivotal roles. The film has been lauded as one of the most compelling coming-of-age stories to emerge from India in years. 

A still from Girls Will Be Girls A still from Girls Will Be Girls 

Excited by the development, Chadha says, “We are elated and honoured to have our debut production, Girls Will Be Girls, selected for the prestigious SXSW Film Festival. This journey from concept to screen has been immensely rewarding, and the film’s recognition at Sundance only fuelled our excitement. Collaborating with an exceptional team led by director Talati, we aimed to deliver a coming-of-age story that resonates universally.” Equally thrilled and looking forward to the response to their film next month, Fazal adds, “The selection in the Festival Favourites section at SXSW validates our collective efforts and affirms the film’s impact. We extend our heartfelt gratitude to the audience, critics, and the festivals for embracing Girls Will Be Girls with such warmth.” 

Helmed by Talati, the film clinched two significant awards at Sundance­—Audience Choice Award for Best Film and a Special Jury Award for the outstanding performance by lead actor Panigrahi. The film also made it to the list best films at Sundance 2024 curated by international publications.

Chadha and Fazal, known for their talent on screen, have successfully translated their creative vision into the production realm. Co-producing the film in collaboration with Blink Digital and Dolce Vita Films, the duo has added another feather to their cap with the film’s selection at SXSW.

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