In early 2000s Dhaka, Krishna Mehra, played by a terrific, melancholic Tabu (The Namesake, Maqbool, Andhadhun), is an Indian intelligence operative laden with guilt, secrets and a repressed identity as a queer woman. When her lover Heena Rehman, also an operative, beguilingly portrayed by Azmeri Haque Badhon (Rehana), is killed in an attempt to assassinate the Bangladeshi Defense Minister, Mehra and her unit realize there is a mole in the agency. This sets off a thrilling cat-and-mouse game across three countries and two continents, involving a fellow agent and his ingenuous wife. But really, like the best espionage thrillers, it’s a story of being the queen of your heart versus always having an ace up your sleeve.
Venerated Indian filmmaker and composer Vishal Bhardwaj directs a fierce female-driven ensemble, in the screen adaptation of ‘Escape to Nowhere’, Amar Bhushan’s novel based on real events. Eschewing depictions of women as the femme fatale or the saccharine manipulator, Bhardwaj ensures that these complex ladies subvert the stereotypes they habited earlier in their lives. The slippery and shifting world of Khufiya houses spies galore, even as they remain far from the homes–and loving–they need.
Red carpet and reception start at 6:30 PM, screening starts at 8:00 PM followed by a Q&A