Mona Darling (International Premiere)
Directed by Shashi Sudigala
A contemporary who-dunnit, with a splash of supernatural, set in a college campus somewhere in India (a la Indian Institute Of Technology) where a few mysterious deaths occur and the only common link between the victims is that, seconds before their deaths, they all accepted a ‘facebook friend request’ from a certain profile page of Mona_Darling. The person behind the said page, Mona happens to be missing. Her friend, and a fellow student, Sarah recruits the help of a classmate, Wiki – a borderline sociopathic genius. This odd-couple of amateur sleuths carry on their investigation as the story leads them into unexpected corners and terrifying revelations.
It’s a pacy thriller, confined to limited locations on one single campus, populated by fresh, sexy, young characters. More importantly it captures the present zeitgeist of young India and its obsession with social networking
Shashi Sudigala has a Masters in Business Administration, MBA from Pennsylvania State University, PA but veered towards film making at the turn of the century. In 2000-2001 he graduated from New York Film Academy post which he spent a considerable amount of time as Nagesh Kukunoor’s Chief Assistant Director on film’s like “Teen Deewarien”, “Hyderabad Blues” & the award winning “Iqbal”, Produced by Subhash Ghai’s Mukta Arts. He went on to make his feature film debut as a director with independent sports drama “Cycle Kick” produced under the same banner. He has also assisted Mahesh Dattani on his celebrated film “Morning Raga” & has written-Directed the Telegu Short “Hello, Goodbye”. Is an integral part of First Ray FIlms headed by Anshuman Jha, where together they intend to produce high concept medium budget features in India.