India, 28 June 2012: An independent filmmaker, Shailja Gupta launches her maiden film ‘Walkaway’ for viewers in India this week.
The Indian American movie is primarily in English. Positioned as a light-comedy drama, the film mocks the clutches of social obligations on young Indian professionals settled in New York City. The story softly weaves through the lives of four couples from diverse backgrounds, as they face the non-envious dilemmas of living in an international contemporary society, away from home, while still being expected to fulfill archaic and age old Indian tradition and how they deal with it. Set against this backdrop the movie gives us a glimpse of the tangled web we weave when dealing with the affairs of the heart. The relationships and the sometimes typical and sometimes unique individual reactions of the characters in the movie, as they deal with the varied situations, strike a chord with the viewers.
New York’s best South Asian acting talent – Manu Narayan, Samrat Chakrabarty, Manish Dayal, Saniv Jhaveri, Deepti Gupta, Carrie Anne James, Pallavi Sharda, and Ami Sheth have been casted in the soft romantic movie. The film has already received positive reviews from international press.
Over the last two years she has donned many hats – from conception and fund raising, through production and post-production, to marketing and release. “I have grown so much as a professional with this movie. While the two year journey has not been easy, the whole hearted support of the industry has been very encouraging. My unique method of launching this movie in the country might just inspire more independent film makers; who get tired running after the distributors, to release their movies online as a more viable option to showcase their art.” commented Shailja Gupta.
Adding to this she said, “Shah Rukh Khan has been a major factor that has helped me realize my dream into reality.” Reciprocating on hercomment the
King Khan said, “It’s a lovely movie and is straight from the heart. I would love for all of you to watch it and enjoy it as much as I have enjoyed viewing it.”
The movie has eight songs across languages as they track the cross cultural stories in English, French, Hindi, Marwari and Tamil. Bollywood’s mega music directors and leading international artists like Vishal & Shekhar, Ram Sampath, Sagar Desai, Manu Narayan, Kurush Mistry and Samrat Chakrabarti have contributed to the foot tapping music of the movie. Academy Award winner (sound mixing for Slumdog Millionaire) Resul Pookutty has provided the sound mixing for Walkaway. Renowned actor Shah Rukh Khan’s production house Red Chillies Entertainment assisted in the post production, editing and VFX.
The movie is available for viewing today on http://www.walkawaymovie.com or facebook.com/walkawaymovie via a unique, first of its kind, in-video paywall at a cost of INR 150 only. Once paid you can view the movie anytime within 24 hours of the payment. One can also download the songs from all Android Market Place and Itunes.