A Monsoon Date
India. 2018. 20 min
A Monsoon Date is about an eventful, rainy evening when a young woman is on her way to see a young man she is dating. Along the way, she experiences bittersweet moments with a series of strangers, even as a storm brew inside her. Today, she has decided to reveal to the young man a heart-breaking truth about her past. This truth, she knows, is not possible for anybody to understand. And yet, she hopes that he would. With her heart pounding like the torrential rain around her, she holds on to this unreasonable hope.
After receiving a B.A. degree in English Literature in Mumbai, Tanuja Chandra completed studies toward a Master of Fine Arts degree in Film Direction and Writing in Temple University, USA. She returned to India and directed the television shows, Mirch Masala and Zameen Aasmaan. After this, she co-wrote the screenplay and dialogue for Mahesh Bhatt’s films, Zakhm and Tamanna, both of which won National awards, and co wrote Yash Chopra’s Dil Toh Pagal Hai. She began independent film direction in 1998 with Dushman (Kajol, Sanjay Dutt) and directed Sangharsh (Akshay Kumar, Preity Zinta), Sur (Lucky Ali), Zindaggi Rocks (Sushmita Sen) and the English language, Hope and A Little Sugar, along with a couple of T.V. features. Several of her films received awards in different categories and her English film received recognition in international film festivals.
In 2017, her film, Qarib Qarib Singlle released – a romcom starring Irrfan Khan and Parvathy and was well received, it is presently showing on Netflix. The same year, a collection of short stories by her, called Bijnis Woman was published by Penguin Random House. A short film, Silvat, starring Kartik Aaryan streamed on Zee5 in 2018 and she directed a short film for Eros Now with Konkona Sen Sharma, named A Monsoon Date, which was selected for several film festivals.