The new My Life Before film is the first documentary to explore the lives of women filmmakers and actors in India, and it’s also the first to focus on the women behind the scenes.
Set in the same state of Maharashtra as the upcoming My Life, My Story Before, the film looks at the women who have helped propel the industry forward and how they became the women they are today.
The film is a combination of music, storytelling and artistry, with the goal of capturing women’s stories in a narrative.
The production was shot in three months and premiered in New York City’s Brooklyn Film Festival in September.
“It’s about the art of storytelling and about how to tell stories that resonate with audiences,” said Vidyasa Sharma, director of the film and co-writer of the screenplay.
“It’s a story about empowerment and love.”
Sharma also said the film will not be a one-man show, and that the producers and editors worked closely with other members of the community in Mumbai to craft the film’s story.
“The people of Mumbai, who were the first generation to witness and appreciate this industry and this kind of film, were the ones who brought this to the screen,” Sharma said.
Sharma said the idea for the film came from her friend and fellow filmmaker, Arvind Kejriwal.
“Arvind was in my studio for about two months, and he started sharing his stories and I started hearing the stories,” Sharma recalled.
“He said, ‘This is what we want to do, and we need people like you to tell this story.’
So I asked my friend, ‘What do you think of this?'”
The film will be released on October 31.