Director Avinash Kumar Singh’s debut feature film “Listen Amaya,” which he co-wrote with his wife Geeta Singh, is a sensitive take on mature romance that reunites the hit on-screen couple Farooque Shaikh and Deepti Naval after two decades.
The film won awards for best feature film and best director at the 2012 New Jersey Independent South Asian Cinefest, and Naval bagged the best actress award at the New York International Film Festival this May. The Hindi film will be screened with English subtitles at 6.30pm on June 21 at Mumbai’s National Centre for the Performing Arts, as part of its Fresh Pix series that seeks to build an audience for regional and indie cinema outside of the film festival circuit.
At the crux of “Listen Amaya,” is the unexpected resentment that Naval, a middle-aged widow who runs a library and café, faces from her daughter Amaya (Swara Bhaskar), a “free-spirited” writer, when she discovers her mother’s affair with a widower (Farooque Shaikh), who happens to be a photographer and a regular at their café.
Singh and his wife will be present to answer audience questions about the film after the screening.
June 21 at Little Theatre, NCPA, Mumbai. Free entry, admission on a first come, first served basis.