The movie will have its world premiere in Australia on the 25 February, as part of Sydney Mardi Gras. A European premiere takes place at the Roze Fildagen film festival in Amsterdam on 10 March.
Director of Evening Shadows says he and his team are ‘thrilled’ by the decision
Evening Shadows centers on a young man in Southern India coming out to his mother. It has received a U/A rating from the CBFC film board in Mumbai.
Regarding its release in India, Rangayan says, ‘We are speaking to distributors right now, but the financial commitments needed for a theatrical release pose a huge challenge for an independent crowdfunded film. However there is a good healthy buzz about the film and we are sure that will interest the distributors. We are really keen for the film to get a satellite distribution and this U/A certification can make it a possibility.’
‘It opens new doors for us. It offers the film a chance to reach out to a larger mainstream audience through a theatrical release and a satellite release. Our main aim when we made the film was not only to reach out to the LGBTQ community, but also mainly to parents and families in small towns. This U/A certification is a boon for the film.’
Ananth Narayan Mahadevan as father, Mona Ambegaonkar as mother, Arpit Chaudhary as Aman, Devansh Doshi as Kartik.
Rangayan says the censor board members who watched Evening Shadows felt it depicted the dilemmas of the mother with empathy. They also said the film doesn’t resort to using gay stereotypes.
At the moment, it has not secured a theatrical release in India but Rangayan hopes its film rating will help its chances. ‘We are trying and hoping for a mainstream theatrical release in India because that is the best way for the film to reach mass audiences, he told GSN,
Earlier films that Ranggayan has worked on – The Pink Mirror and Breaking Free – were released via Netflix.
The film features a same-sex romance, but no sex scene.
‘The dramatic plotline didn’t have any space for sex scene. We wanted to talk about love between two men in the film and its acceptance, but yes it is clearly mentioned that the two men are in a sexual relationship.’
‘Our approach to the issues in the film has been gentle and sensitive. We want to start conversations, not be counter-reactive. A lot of hope is pinned on this film by the LGBTQ community and we hope we can make their dreams come true.’
You can watch a trailer for the film below.