Rumana Molla, an Indian origin, Belgian actor is all set to make her directorial debut with “Minimum” – an Indian immigrant drama set in Belgium. The shoot is scheduled to go on floors this June. The film stars, Saba Azad of “Rocket Boys” fame, Geetanjali Kulkarni, and Namit Das of “A Suitable Boy” fame, with Rumana playing one of the major roles.
As per Variety, “Minimum” will follow newly-wed immigrant Fauzia, whose mother-in-law Ruxana keeps her captive. She finds out that everything she had been told about her husband Ali was a lie and loses hope until a French tutor, Laurie, is hired to teach her the basics. A friendship is forged, secrets are revealed and Fauzia learns to demand more than the bare minimum.
The film will be produced by Shiladitya Bora (Platoon One Films) and Radhika Lavu (Ellanar Films).
The director, Rumana Molla told Variety, “I’ve always felt inclined towards writing and it was just a matter of finding the right story that stood the test of time. The inspiration for “Minimum” came from my own observations. I have seen a lot of transactional marriages of different kinds. Especially abroad, there are a lot of people who get married but don’t reveal the entire truth about themselves. But more than that, the uniqueness of the film will lie in its treatment of such situations – exploring our cultural differences with warmth, affection, and humor.”
Molla was selected for the Berlinale talent program earlier this year and “Minimum” also features the talents of previous program participants Bora, cinematographer Pooja Gupte (“Rukh”), and Serbian line producer Marija Stojnic.
With new South Asian artists and talents coming to the fore, we are excited to see this one. The cast is promising and with the awards and accolades that Rumana Molla has already received, “Minimum” is surely a movie to watch out for!