Taking their brief movie to the NYC South Asian Film Festival, director Faraz Arif Ansari and Divya Dutta represented Sheer Qorma in the US. The movie stars Swara Bhasker and Shabana Azmi together with Divya Dutta and narrates the story of a pair battling the stigma round the LGBTQA+ neighborhood whereas attempting to reside a standard life. Shabana Azmi stars as Divya’s mom in the movie who refuses to simply accept her daughter’s selections and treats her relationship as a struggling for her ‘sins’.
Touching upon an essential and related topic, Faraz and Divya have additionally borne the fruit of their laborious work as they had been awarded Best of Fest: Best Director and Best of Fest: Best Actress at NYCSAFF 2021 respectively. Speaking about the win, Divya stated, “Supremely elated to sweep the NYCSAFF & get so much love for our film and us. Grateful to win Best Actress and Best Director for my dearest Faraz. Double whammy.”
Faraz Arif Ansari too shared their pleasure about the massive victory and stated, “It always feels so special to be rewarded and recognised for my passion for being a storyteller and championing love. To win Best Director NYCSAFF is truly an honour. I dedicate this award to my Mom who continues to be the inspiration for all the I create.”