Richa Chadha and Ali Fazal, the power couple of Bollywood, have left an indelible mark on the 2024 Sundance Film Festival with their inaugural production, ‘Girls Will Be Girls,’ securing two prestigious awards. The dynamic duo’s cinematic venture not only took home the Audience Award in the World Dramatic Entry category but also earned Preeti Panigrahi, the lead actor, the coveted Special Jury Award.
In a joint statement expressing their elation, Richa and Ali shared, “Embarking on this journey with Girls Will Be Girls was a courageous endeavor, and the overwhelming response at Sundance has been nothing short of a dream come true! This experience reinforces our belief in the power of storytelling and the imperative to champion diverse narratives with global resonance.”
The success of ‘Girls Will Be Girls’ is a testament to the collaborative efforts of the dedicated team, as affirmed by the film’s director, Shuchi Talati. Reflecting on the deeply personal and rewarding experience of directing the film, Shuchi stated, “Richa has protected this story and film like a Lioness. It’s heartening to see our story resonate with audiences and critics alike, sparking important conversations about coming-of-age experiences rarely depicted on screen.”
Pushing Buttons Studios, the production house founded by Richa and Ali, collaborated with Blink Digital and Dolce Vita Films to bring ‘Girls Will Be Girls’ to life. The film revolves around the transformative journey of a 15-year-old teenage girl, intertwining her rebellious awakening with her mother’s unrealized coming-of-age encounters. Notable performances by Malayalam film actors Kani Kusruti and Jitin Gulati, alongside debutants Preeti Panigrahi and Kesav Binoy Kiron, contribute to the film’s impactful narrative.
The accolades received at Sundance not only solidify Richa and Ali’s position as actors-turned-producers but also inspire them to continue pushing boundaries and advocating for diverse storytelling. The triumph of ‘Girls Will Be Girls’ serves as a beacon for the industry, urging the recognition of unconventional narratives that resonate with a global audience.