Singer Sona Mohapatra has turned producer for a documentary film that traces her journey as a rock star and her music of protest. Titled “Shut Up Sona“, the film will be screened at the Jio Mami 21st Mumbai Film Festival with Star on October 21.
“Our film premieres at MAMI and is an official selection of the festival. A brave choice by them since this is an incendiary film which takes on the structural misogyny of the very industry and society I belong to. To start the journey at home, Mumbai, India where I seek relevance and impact as an artist was a considered choice. I am over the moon for the world premiere on the 21st of October. We travel the world post this!” said Sona.
Directed by Deepti Gupta, “Shut Up Sona” is a 90-minute film that points a finger at today’s India, at odds with the modern Indian woman. The film showcases Sona’s journey as a rock star, performer, her music of protest, #MeToo and more. Sona had lashed out against singer Kailash Kher and composer Anu Malik with allegations of sexual harassment recently when the #MeToo movement gained prominence in India.
Talking about the film, Sona shared: “Three years ago, I decided to document my metaphorical strangulation as a female artist on film and reached out to my best friend Deepti Gupta to set out on this journey to make Shut Up Sona. Most doors were shutting on me as a musician and I had to find a way to express myself as an artist.”
Sona Mohapatra’s popular songs include “Ambarsariya” (“Fukrey”), “Rangabati” (Coke Studio), “Jiya lage na” (“Talaash”) and “Bedardi raja” (“Delhi Belly”).