"You're not a virgin?"
"You mean, you're still a virgin?"
A young woman (or for that matter, a man) could be asked both these questions in the space of ten minutes, by different people.
Parents, of course, 'believe' that their kids have 'never done it' - as if its a sin. For friends and peers, having lost it is some kind of status issue.
Now comes an interesting film 'The Virgins' that tackles this in a tongue-in-cheek and funny way. Starring Divyendu Sharma (Pyar ka Panchnama), Pia Bajpai and Akshay Oberoi (Laal Rang), this film is written and directed by Sandeep A. Varma (who recently directed the much acclaimed biopic 'Manjunath'). For Sandeep, it was a complete departure from the serious tone of Manjunath, and he chose the short film format for this.
Says Sandeep : "In India, the short film format is considered a compromised version of a feature film but it is far from that. It's just a different format, and lends itself beautifully to certain stories. I've always found it ridiculous and very funny that a young person's virginity status seems to be everyone's business. So when the opportunity came to tell a story, I wrote this in two days. I feel it's turned out incredibly funny and yet with a point."
After creating the right kind of noise; the industry extends their support to "The Virgins" a film by Vinay Mishra and Priti Ali. The teaser of the film was released few days back and it is already creating a buzz amongst the target audience. Hence, the makers of the film hosted a special screening for the film. Kalki Koechlin, Imran Khan, Sudhir Mishra are few of the names who attended the special screening of "The Virgins"
Talking about it the Director says, "Kalki is someone whose work I have admired and Vinay (Humaramovie) knows her very well, he has done a web series with her. All of these people - Imran and Kalki were very excited about the concept of the film and were keen to support it, when we told them about it."
A tongue-in-cheek view at the (non) issue of virginity, the film is of 17 minutes duration and even has a song in it, sung by Neha Basin and Swanand Kirkire. It has already been picked up by a top radio channel which has come in as a co presenter.
With the teaser creating a buzz and bollywood supporting the film we are sure the film is gonna go places. The Virgins is produced by Preety Ali and Vinay Mishra and expected to release on 30th June. Catch it here...