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’SIYA’ role of lifetime: Pooja Pandey


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New Delhi: The makers of cinematic gems like ‘Masaan’ and ‘Newton’ are all set to release another important work of storytelling, ‘SIYA’.

Produced by Drishyam Films, the film takes audiences through a tale of a small-town girl who despite all hurdles, decides to take down oppressive patriarchy and fight for justice.

‘SIYA’ marks producer Manish Mundra’s directorial debut and though the hard-hitting film starring Pooja Pandey and Vineet Kumar Singh is based out in one of the northern states in India, much like most of Drishyam’s films, it speaks to a global audience.

While the teaser of ‘SIYA’ had created much intrigue with audiences, the trailer is gripping from start to finish as we can’t help but relate and empathize with the protagonist’s plight. Raw and as real as it gets, ‘SIYA’ is an uncompromising look at the harsh reality women around the world continue to face.

A plight for justice, a fight for what’s right, the trailer takes audiences through the journey of the protagonist who navigates a man’s world. The trailer of the film also gives audiences glimpses of the stellar performances in store as Pooja Pandey and Vineet Kumar Singh truly push the envelope as performers.

Director Manish Mundra said, “It is a labour of lot of effort and hardwork that we all have put together in making this film. The issue itself is sensitive and needs to be dealt with lots of empathy and emotions. I hope when the film releases the audience bestow their love to it and hopefully like it too.”

Vineet said, “As an actor, I’m always on the lookout for new and challenging roles and Siya is one of them. It’s always special because while I’ve worked with Manish on three films before, this is our first as director-actor and I’m happy to be part of his directorial debut.”

Pooja shared, “This is a role of a lifetime. It challenged every aspect of me as an artist. Victims have endured so much and I had to ensure that the character reflected the rollercoaster of emotions that goes through a woman’s mind when something this terrible happens to her. I hope I’ve done justice to the character and I still get goosebumps thinking about the woman who had to deal with something as heinous as this and sometimes I feel I haven’t come out of this character.”

Produced by Drishyam Films, ‘SIYA’ will release on September 16.

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