‘Knot Not!’ premiere draws full house

knot-not-still3By A Staff Reporter

Even if shot at least partially from a South Asian — or even South Indian — perspective, Knot Not! is essentially a thought-provoking film with a message for a global audience.

At the same time it manages to be thoroughly entertaining, replete with comedy, drama, fun and its serious moments, in equal measure.

First-time director Brinda Muralidhar seems to have pulled off a winner on her maiden silver screen attempt — and this film could even prove to be the sleeper hit of 2016, judging by the initial audience response.

The film staged its premiere last week in Brampton. Initial screenings are now scheduled globally, including the important U.S. market, in coming weeks. The initial buzz it has created can only stand it in good measure as audiences elsewhere get to see this film in their own home markets.

This thoroughly entertaining film is, at heart, about family abuse, and about the undue control wielded by the Dad in all patriarchal societies. But its social message notwithstanding, Knot Not! manages to be a fun, must-see film for cine-goers all across the world.

Hundreds of cinema buffs descended on Brampton’s Cineplex Orion Gate Cinemas last week to catch a glimpse of the stars walking the red carpet and watch the world premiere of the Canadian film Knot Not!

0-kn1-01-brinda-muralidhar-directorDirected by Indo-Canadian director Brinda Muralidhar, the movie, that explores a deep social issue with a global resonance, drew a full house, with the cast and crew in attendance.

The screening began with a red carpet celebrity walk and a Q&A session attended by a prominent audience mix. It was followed by a brief introduction of the director followed by the world premiere screening.

A brief Q&A took place after the screening, after which the audience got the opportunity to wine and dine with the stars at the after-party.

A coming of age story of Mohan (Dilip Krishnamurthy) and his family, the film is about a young man from South India who arrives in Canada for higher studies. Soon he makes friends with Patricia Smith (Jessica Siegner) a pleasant, independent Canadian girl.

All is well until Mohan’s parents Srinivas and Padma arrive in Canada. Srinivas, who is a bully, wants Mohan to marry Lakshmi (Suniti Santosh), daughter of his Indo-Canadian friend, the light-hearted Bhaskar (Nat Pennathur).

Lakshmi is a delightful girl who cherishes great family values. Mohan likes her, but before he embarks on his new journey, he has a major task to complete — he is yet to figure out what he wants!

Knot Not! is a story that needs to be told over and over again as long as marriages happen wherever in the world, says Brinda Muralidhar, who gives the credit of her first feature to her husband Gunny Muralidhar, also the producer and cinematographer of the film.

“Knot Not! holds a mirror to society and is for every relationship that springs out of two people coming together,” she said at the premiere. “There is imbalance in every relationship, be it husband and wife, or friends and relatives.”

The movie, shot in English, has been produced in Canada, with Canadian talent, and the shooting taking place mostly in parts of the Greater Toronto Area. Focused towards young adults as well as mature audience who enjoy content driven films, the film is filled with moments that are thought-provoking while fun inducing — even, at times, evoking anger, at the duplicity inherent in many societies across the world.

“Whenever you see any imbalance in any relationship, especially in a couple, even good friends turn a blind eye saying it’s not our business,” said the first time film director. “Believe me, there is a lot of abuse out there.

“Where there is a victim, there is a bully. And it is our duty to stop that abuse; we have to start somewhere to intervene to stop the bullying.”

The film is about stopping the bad beginnings, said Muralidhar.

“The central subject of Knot Not! is something that has distressed me for a long time,” she added. “I have witnessed similar stories in my own circles. While there are many families that are flourishing happily, in a myriad of ways many families are crumbling.

“Knot Not! has one such theme that has allowed me to explore two important aspects: ‘Why so?’ And ‘Now what?’

“I believe good films offer a great opportunity to hold mirror to the society, to ask questions and to offer at least one solution from the point of view of the writer,” says Brinda, who believes it was very important to tell this story.

Knot Not! written, directed and edited by Brinda Muralidhar with cinematography by Gunny Muralidhar and original music composed by Vinayak Hegde and Deepak Sant, screened at Cineplex Orion Gate cinemas Thursday, October 13, 2016 in Brampton.

For more details, visit www.knotnotmovie.com

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