Richa Chadha and Ali Fazal’s debut production, “Girls will be Girls,” has made a groundbreaking achievement at the Sundance Film Festival 2024 by winning two major awards in the World Dramatic competition section. Written and directed by debutant Shuchi Talati, the film has garnered unanimous acclaim from influential international critics, solidifying Chadha and Fazal’s commitment to supporting meaningful cinema and backing Indian stories that appeal to a global audience.
“Girls will be Girls” emerged as the breakout film at the festival, impressing critics and audiences alike with its remarkable coming-of-age narrative. The film clinched the feted Audience award in the World Dramatic Entry category and the Special Jury Award for Lead Actress Preeti Panigrahi’s outstanding performance.
Produced through the collaborative efforts of Pushing Buttons Studios, Blink Digital, and Dolce Vita Films, “Girls will be Girls” has managed to win hearts and critics alike, standing out as the sole Indian narrative feature at the festival. The success of the film at Sundance marks Chadha and Fazal’s arrival as producers who champion diverse narratives that resonate globally.
Director Shuchi Talati expressed her gratitude, stating, “Directing ‘Girls will be Girls’ was a deeply personal and rewarding experience. The film’s success at Sundance is a testament to the collaborative efforts of a dedicated team. Richa has protected this story and film like a Lioness. It’s heartening to see our story resonate with audiences and critics alike, and I hope it sparks important conversations about coming-of-age experiences that we don’t often get to see on screen.”
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Richa Chadha and Ali Fazal shared their excitement, saying, “We embarked on this journey with ‘Girls will be Girls’ with courage, and the overwhelming response at Sundance has been the stuff of dreams! This experience reinforces our belief in the power of storytelling and the need to champion diverse narratives that resonate globally. This recognition motivates us to continue pushing boundaries and telling new stories.”
“Girls will be Girls” stands as a testament to the creative vision and collaborative spirit of its makers, leaving a lasting impact on the global cinematic landscape.