Neena Gupta, Kalki Koechlin in international film Goldfish
Directed by Pushan Kripalani, Goldfish will mark the first international project of actors Neena Gupta and Kalki Koechlin
Actors Neena Gupta and Kalki Koechlin will co-star in their first international project, Goldfish.
Set in London, the Pushan Kripalani directorial deals with memory, music, mental health, and identity. It starts when Anamika (Kalki) returns home to her estranged mother Sadhana (Neena Gupta) because she is suffering from the onset of dementia. Anamika returns to a neighbourhood she barely remembers, to a woman who sometimes doesn't remember her. It is about how they explore these complex emotions.
Talking about the film, Neena says, "It is a very different experience to work with Pushan Kripalani. I'm saying so because I did a very beautiful film with him which he directed called The Threshold. When he came to me with this film, I was very excited. Number one because it is a very challenging role and it's a beautiful script."
She adds, "I love the way Pushan works, there is a lot of freedom which the actors get. It is a very different experience from the other films. He's a very special person in my life and I'm very excited to be a part of Goldfish. In fact, I'm very nervous because it is a very challenging role."
Kalki is equally excited about the project. "I've been wanting to work with Pushan, the director since I saw his first film Threshold. And Neenaji, of course, is an amazing actor. I love her and I am looking forward to working with her. Also, the writer of the script Arghya is someone I have worked closely with for theatre productions; he's done a lot of light design for the productions I have worked on. It is really quite a nice, happy union of different people from my walks of life and I'm very excited to start this project. The script is so fantastic," Kalki shares.
Written, directed, and with cinematography by Kripalani, the film will be entirely shot in the UK early next year.
Pushan Kripalani says, "Neena and Kalki are both actors of immense sensitivity and skill. For this nuanced and difficult film, you need people who have a keen understanding of the human condition. They are the perfect cast for this piece."
"To make a film in the midst of a global pandemic is a hard task, but the background of isolation, restriction, and hard times bring into sharp focus the themes of diaspora and identity that the film seeks to explore. I can't wait to get started," the filmmaker adds.