Teaser of Abhay Verma and Meera Chopra’s Safed is here
The film is a love story between a transgender (Chaandi) and a widow (Kaali)
The makers of Abhay Verma and Meera Chopra-starrer Safed unveiled the teaser of the social drama on Thursday. It showcases the victims of social oppression, and how the lead duo find solace, and redemption in each other, melting away their lonely existence.
Abhay, who is known for his work in The Family Man and Uljhe Hue is seen as 'Chaandi', while Meera Chopra, who has appeared in Telugu, Tamil and Hindi films, and is known for projects like Bangaram, Lee, Vaana, 1920 London and Section 375 among others, is portraying the character of ‘Kaali'.
The film is a love story between a transgender (Chaandi) and a widow (Kaali).
The teaser opens with a message 'Insaan Hun, Gaali Nahi… Kaali-Chaandi' (I am a person not a swear word, Kaali-Chandi) along with a voiceover which says "Safed rang pehannne se vidhwa ho jate hain (Wearing white makes you a widow)", to which another voice replies "vidhwa hokar safed ho jate hain"(Being a widow makes you white).
It shows the face of Abhay's character smeared with blood, and a few Bengali women performing 'Ululudhvani'.
The teaser states that the movie is based on a true story. We then get a glimpse of a few widows sitting in a room. Meera's character is seen sitting in a corner of the room wearing a white saree, and holding a red duppatta in her hand.
The film marks the debut of Sandeep Singh as a director. The first look of the film was unveiled by music maestro AR Rahman in Cannes 2022.
Talking about the teaser launch, Sandeep said: "My aim, through this film, is to give voice to the people who come from diverse backgrounds of society, struggling for space among the conformist audience. Society has always looked down upon them. But at the end of the day aren't we all humans?"
Presenter Anand Pandit said: "It's a matter of pride for me to present Safed as the subject of the film is totally off the beaten track. The way Sandeep Singh has captured the essence and purity of love among two absolutely contradictory genders, against the rustic background of Banaras, is interesting. The film moves you to the core."
Abhay said he was 'scared' and 'hesitant' to play a transgender in his first film.
"Keeping in mind the commercials and web series that I have done as a model and actor with a chocolate boy image, I was scared to do this role. Playing a transgender, Chaandi in my very first film, I was hesitant," he said.
On the other hand, Meera was “overwhelmed” when she read the script, adding that she was “unsure” as it was Sandeep's first film as a director.
"After the first day of our shoot, I knew I was in safe hands. He brought out a widow's plight successfully. I feel absolutely honoured being chosen for this role," said Meera.
The film also stars Barkha Bisht, Jameel Khan and Chhaya Kadam in pivotal roles.