Verve Signs Indian Filmmaker Bornila Chatterjee (Exclusive)

Karl Colonnier

Her revenge thriller ‘The Hungry,’ based on Shakespeare's 'Titus Andronicus,' premiered at Toronto this month.

Verve has signed writer-director Bornila Chatterjee, The Hollywood Reporter has exclusively learned.

The filmmaker’s sophomore feature The Hungry, which creatively sets Shakespeare’s violent revenge tragedy Titus Andronicus in an Indian wedding, premiered at Toronto earlier this month. A co-production between Film London and India’s Cinestaan, it stars Life of Pi’s Suraj Sharma alongside Naseeruddin Shah, Tisca Chopra, Neeraj Kabi and Sayani Gupta. Amazon Prime Video India will exclusively stream the film following its theatrical release as part of the company’s long-term partnership with Cinestaan.

“There are really interesting and important perspectives that are just getting bulldozed by mainstream India,” Chatterjee said in a statement. “I want to give a voice to those untold, alternative and perhaps uncomfortable stories.”

Chatterjee earned her BFA in film and television from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and was named a fellow of the Sundance Institute/Mumbai Mantra Screenwriters Lab in 2014. Her debut feature, Let’s Be Out, The Sun Is Shining, won the Audience Award at the 2012 New York Indian Film Festival.

Watch the trailer for The Hungry below. 

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