SVF is all set to present a touchingly poignant film inspired by a true Canadian story of a child cancer victim, which could well act as a cultural bridge between two nations. This film will also mark the debut of Jisshu Sengupta’s daughter- Sara Sengupta playing the title role of Uma.
Christened as Uma, the Bengali film is being directed by eminent filmmaker Srijit Mukherji with ace actors Jisshu Sengupta, Anjan Dutt, Anirban Bhattacharya and Rudranil Ghosh playing prominent characters. The film is at the post production stage and is expected to release in June this year.
The film has been adapted from the real-life story of Canadian boy Evan Leversage—known as ‘’The Boy who moved Christmas’’ after his hometown St. George staged a spectacular Christmas celebration—with lights, parade and artificial snow—two months before December 25 in 2015 to make sure that the seven-year-old boy suffering from an incurable brain tumour witnessed the last Christmas of his life. Leversage’s story had attracted the attention of people from different parts of the world, with Hollywood celebrities like Ellen DeGeneres and Ashton Kutcher pitching in.
SVF’s Uma—the change in the storyline made for artistic and cultural reasons—is a story about a young girl (raised in Austria) battling a terminal disease, a father struggling to make his daughter’s dream come true and a director with a past haunting him. Father Himadri makes an all-out effort to take Uma to Kolkata to fulfil her last desire to see Durga Puja before her life slips away, even if it means setting up a false Durga Puja, the most celebrated Bengali festival.
The film is all about searing emotions wracking the characters, including the father-daughter duo, something that will truly inspire the viewers while keeping them on the edge of their seats.
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