“5 Weddings” Rajkummar Rao & Nargis Fakhri Film Showcasing Indian Transgender Dancers Releasing This September!

Nargis Fakhri in 5 Weddings (Image: Screengrab)

Indian female director Namrata Singh Gujral’s latest project 5 Weddings will open theatrically on September 21, 2018. It is presented by Uniglobe Entertainment, Amaash Films, and Vision Films. Starring Rajkummar Rao, Nargis Fakhri, Bo Derek and Candy Clark, 5 Weddings highlights India’s transgender dancers.

(Update September 20, 2018: Global Theatrical Release of 5 Weddings date now October 26, 2018)

The September 21, 2018, theatrical opening of 5 Weddings begins in the USA with Los Angeles, CA, Chicago, IL, and Cambridge, MA, among others, and internationally (in 15 countries and multiple languages) including: Canada, Mexico, United Kingdom, Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Russia, Poland, India, Pakistan, Singapore, China, Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Nigeria, Ghana, Liberia and the Ivory Coast, with more locations to follow.

Gujral’s 5 Weddings is being described as “an enthralling narrative of cultural clashes, transgender tangles and lost love along the heartfelt journey of life, symbolized by the universal ups and downs of a wedding celebration.”

5 Weddings is a feature film with comedy, drama and romance that showcases the vibrant ceremonies at India’s weddings, with a very important subplot that features Hijras, a sect of transgender dancers who have been an integral part of Indian wedding tradition for centuries. Gujral, long ahead of the trans-casting debate that now features prominently in Hollywood, always knew she wanted to cast authentically for a community that has so often been swept aside and underserved in every culture —casting trans actors as trans characters in India.

The film’s talented global cast includes Rajkummar Rao (star of India’s official entry to Academy Awards 2018, Newton), Nargis Fakhri (Rockstar), Oscar nominee Candy Clark (American Graffiti) and Golden Globe nominee Bo Derek.

Check out the trailer!

Here’s the synopsis:

An American journalist travels to India to cover the colorful vibrancy of Indian weddings. Interweaved with the joy and fun of these traditional ceremonies; the film goes beyond the fluff – to explore the human component of Hijras: a sect of transgender dancers who have been an integral part of Indian weddings for centuries. Conflict arises when our heroine (Fakhri) decides to delve more into the life of a Hijra but her government designated liaison officer (Rao) is instructed to keep her story censored. As the coverage of Indian weddings unfolds, so does a colorful mosaic of lost loves, transgender tangles and culture clashes along the heartfelt journey of life, symbolized by the universal ups and downs of a wedding celebration.

Other Hollywood cast members include Broadway star Anneliese van der Pol (Beauty and The Beast, That’s So Raven), Mariana Paola Vicente (The Lucky Man, Miss Universe 2010), Robert Palmer Watkins (General Hospital), Dawn Richard (Danity Kane) and Rupak Ginn (Royal Pains).

From the Bollywood side, the cast also includes Suvinder Vicky (Chauthi Koot Un Certain Regard Cannes 2015), Shiwani Saini (Sarbjit), Saru Maini (Dangerous Husn) and Diljott (Teshan).

Are you looking forward to 5 Weddings? Let us know.

Author: Farid-ul-Haq

Farid has a Double Masters in Psychology and Biotechnology as well as an M.Phil in Molecular Genetics. He is the author of numerous books including Missing in Somerville, and The Game Master of Somerville. He gives us insight into comics, books, TV shows, anime/manga, video games, and movies.

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