- Japan Premiere
Special Programs < Special Focus on Hong Kong 2022 >
My Indian Boyfriend
Director: Sri KISHORE
2021｜Hong Kong｜121min｜Language: Cantonese, Hindi｜Subtitles: English, Japanese
|3/14 Mon||14:10||Cine Libre Umeda 4|
|3/20 Sun||16:00 *Sold Out||Umeda Burg 7: Theater7|
- Shirley CHAN (陳欣妍)
Justin CHEUNG (張建聲)
Lenna YEUNG (楊卓娜)
Kaki SHAM (岑珈其)
Pity pretty Jasmine (Shirley CHAN), a beautiful model and dance instructor caught between two ardent lovers who won’t take no for an answer. On the one hand there is Richard, a fellow Hong Konger who was a friend of her late father and who has stacks of cash and a controlling attitude. On the other hand, there is Krishna (Karan CHOLIA), a simple boy from a good Indian family, he has Bollywood-style heart-throb looks and an attitude to go with it. Okay, so it’s not really much of a dilemma for Jasmine but it isn’t an easy road to romance as she and Krishna have to overcome cultural differences to secure their love.
Bollywood meets Hong Kong in a contemporary love story featuring marvelous music, flashy dance numbers full of cool choreography, classy costumes, and beautiful locales, all of which add a theatrical sparkle to a melodramatic story that tackles serious social issues.
- Director's Message
I was already living in Hong Kong in 2012 while an idea sparkled in my mind—— “Being an Indian, why can’t I make a Chinese film as well?”
As more questions arose in my mind, I started to think about them more seriously:
— Would audiences in Hong Kong be interested to watch if I really make a Cantonese film?
— How should I make it very different from those traditional Cantonese films in Hong Kong ?
All these questions made me hesitate in so many ways. I was not very confident at first so I started researching for more information and also meeting different people for the last few years.
Then I found out that people here were more interested in films which showcased human values and sensibilities. So eventually, I decided to make a Cantonese film in Bollywood style with beautiful songs and dance sequences which showcased a romantic love story between a Chinese girl and an Indian boy.
As I am married to a Chinese woman and I also teach Indian dance to Chinese students, I have observed the Chinese style of living for many years. So, with the use of all these helpful information, experiences and real incidents, finally I prepared this love story baked with emotions and peppy feelings. This project has really brought me a huge amount of satisfaction in creativity and would certainly be a fruitful experience for Chinese and Indian cinema through the mixture of two different cultures in a single film.
This film, which is my first attempt to make a film in Hong Kong, is really a kind of big experiment as no other film director has ever tried mixing up Bollywood style together with a Hong Kong film.
I cannot predict how Hong Kong audiences will respond to this new film style and I sincerely hope that more people will watch to support us. This is so important to help bring out more talented filmmakers from ethnic group in Hong Kong.