Taaha Shah on Indian Traditional Marriage Setup in Draupadi Unleashed [Exclusive Interview]

Taaha Shah
Taaha Shah in Draupadi Unleashed

Seeking your own love and decisions is problematic for a young Indian woman in the 1930s. These Indian traditional cultural values often divide a woman’s sense of duty versus following her heart.

In Draupadi Unleashed, the film explores the coming of age story of a young woman living in a patriarchal society of the 1930s.

The film stars Salena Qureshi, Dominic Rains, Azita Ghanizada, Anna George, Taaha Shah, Saad Siddiqui, Pooja, Batra, Anil Kuma, Melanie Chandra, and Cas Anvar. Tony Stopperan and Nisha Sabharwal directed the film from a script adapted by Stopperan from Sabharwal’s novel.

Here’s the official synopsis:

Set in the 1930’s India, Draupadi Unleashed centers on a sixteen-year-old Indira who finds herself torn between true love, her duty to follow through with an arranged marriage, and the powerful allure of a mysterious guru. Through her heartbreaking journey to self-discovery, long-held secrets are brought to light and Indira discovers the strength within herself to break free.

In a story that mixes magical realism and gorgeous surroundings with the harsh realities of a patriarchal society, this beautifully told the tale of a young woman at a crossroads in her life offers a rare look at aristocratic Indian society in the early part of the 20th Century—one that will resonate with audiences today.

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LRM Online’s Gig Patta exclusively sat down with actor Taaha Shah Badusha about his role in Draupadi Unleashed. We talked about the 1930’s period piece, Indian traditions, and customs.

Taaha launched his acting career in Bollywood. He signed on his debut film as the lead with Yash Raj’s Luv Ka The End with Shraddha Kapoor. In 2013, he followed up playing a teenage heartthrob in Kara Johar’s Gippi and then in a film Barkhaa as Jatin.

Draupadi Unleashed plays in select theatres on Friday, September 25.

Check out the exclusive interview with Taaha Shah and let us know what you think.

Source: LRM Online Exclusive, Draupadi Unleashed

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