Sheer Qorma

Sheer Qorma

The film Sheer Qorma is a story of belonging and acceptance, identity and family, and how it comes together under one roof, as resilient women choose to embrace love that exists beyond their personal beliefs and social moralities in the hopes of a brighter future.

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Synopsis

Sheer Qorma is a gentle, heart-rending narrative of the longing for love and acceptance, felt by queer children in their parental homes that plays out throughdelicate story-telling, told through characters of courageous Muslim, queer women of color. With multiple themes of ethnicity and culture at play within the narrative, the story sensitively confronts the harsh reality of disrupted family dynamics through a sensitive, universal tale.

The film Sheer Qorma is a story of belonging and acceptance, identity and family, and how it comes together under one roof, as resilient women choose to embrace love that exists beyond their personal beliefs and social moralities in the hopes of a brighter future.

The film stars Shabana Azmi, Divya Dutta & Swara Bhasker in leading roles with the supporting cast of Kalyanee Mulay, Priya Malik & Jitin Gulati.

Duration: TBA

About Faraz Arif Ansari

Faraz Arif Ansari identifies as a Muslim, gay & non-binary independent, queer filmmaker. They started their film career as a co-writer with Mr. Amole Gupte (Writer & Creative Director of ‘Taare Zameen Par’ or ‘Stars on Earth’) Faraz was the Associate Director, Casting Director & Executive Producer on Fox Star’s ‘Stanley Ka Dabba’, released in May, 2011.

Faraz was the Associate Director & Casting Director on Dharma Productions ‘Gippi!’ He also worked as a Research Assistant & Associate Director on Deepa Bhatia’s internationally acclaimed documentary on farmers’ suicides called ‘Nero’s Guests’ Other than films & documentaries, Faraz has directed & choreography more than a 100 musicals for schools & colleges around India & the United States.

Faraz’s short film ‘Siberia’, premiered at the prestigious London Asian Film Festival, 2016 and has travelled over 30 international and national film festivals. It won the Best Actress Award at the Noida International Film Festival, The Top 10 Short Films at Colortape International Film Festival, Australia and recently, it was awarded with the Best Director (Jury’s Choice) at the prestigious Dada Saheb Phalke International Film Festival, New Delhi.

Faraz has directed & produced the first web-series for The Times of India, India’s leading newspaper. The web-series is called ‘Dulha Wanted’ or ‘Looking for Bridegroom’ ‘Sisak’, India’s First Silent LGBTQ Love Story, directed, written & produced by Faraz, is the first Indian film, LGBTQ or otherwise to have won 59 International Awards at some of the most prestigious film festivals across the world. A milestone for Indian cinema set by a silent queer film.

Faraz’s next release as a Director is a non-fiction series for Netflix titled, “The Big Day” that showcases the billion dollar market of the Indian wedding and what goes on in front and behind the scenes. Faraz is one of the three directors on this series that releases on 14th February, 2021.

‘Sheer Qorma’ is Faraz’s next film as a director & writer. With their journey as a filmmaker, Faraz hopes to mainstream queer stories that seldom find a place in mainstream cinema and media, especially stories about queer people of colour, by celebrating them.

When not working behind the camera, Faraz conducts cinema and theatre sessions for the underprivileged children and the Indian transgender community across Mumbai & Delhi.

Faraz also runs a charitable initiative called ‘Gift A Meal’ which works at the grassroots level and provides meals to the street children across Mumbai & Delhi.

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