Sonu Jain, the director of FOR REAL must be ecstatic as her debut film FOR REAL is also first Indian film in a long time which is being featured in the competition category at North Korea's Pyongyang International Film Festival. As a matter of fact FOR REAL is a film that has made big waves at all the major international film festivals across the globe earning awards and the awards that it has garnered include Best Screenplay and Best Producer for Sonu Jain at the Asian Festival of First Films, Singapore, and Best Actor for Shriharsh Sharma and Best Actress Award for Zoya Hassan.
Coming in the wake up of WE ARE FAMILY which reverberates with the same theme, FOR REAL, is the story of a trial and tribulation of a child whose parents have suddenly stopped loving each other and are trying to get away from each other. In such a situation the travails of a child are never understood, and therefore the perspective from the viewpoint of the child is refreshing.
It indeed has become an urban reality, and while the parents move on with their lives the child or children are left wondering how they have suddenly to grow up leaving their childhood at the altar of the differences between their parents. For Sonu Jain, a child left to fend for himself or herself is the most brutal form of child abuses that he or she can be subjected to. In such situations as it happens children dwell into the realm of fantasy, as they have grown with the stories of stars and moon, and in FOR REAL the child imagines that she has reached the Orion star and is playing there with her mother. It indeed is an interesting journey in the realm of fantasy and should enthrall children and the parents in the same manner. FOR REAL has been extensively shot in New York and in New Delhi.
Sonu Jain being a student of Delhi University, would indeed bring about a refreshing look to Delhi, and the film being released just before the initiation of the Common Wealth Games, could provide a window to a Delhi that is unknown to most of the citizens of the national capital. Besides, FOR REAL has won accolades for her from the likes of Meera Nair, Sudhir Mishra as also Vishal Bhardwaj and it is some credential that one can flaunt about when one is beginning the cinematic career.