September 29, 2022

New Delhi, Sep 8: Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury-directed investigative drama thriller ‘LOST’ has been officially selected as the opening night premiere film at the Chicago South Asian Film Festival.

The Chicago South Asian Film Festival is the largest annual South Asian event that appreciates great storytelling.

Starring Yami Gautam, ‘LOST’ is an emotional social thriller that represents a higher quest, a search for lost values of empathy and integrity. Inspired by true events, it is a story of a bright young woman crime reporter in her relentless search for the truth behind the sudden disappearance of a young theatre activist. When asked about the film’s selection as the opening night premiere film, the cast expressed their heartwarming feelings and their eagerness for its release.

Expressing his excitement about the film’s inclusion at the fest and its subsequent release, Aniruddha said in a statement: “I truly feel very proud for the film’s world premiere at such a renowned film festival. It calls for a celebration. The shoot of LOST has been an incredible journey. I have been eager for the release of our hard-worked venture. The film is a realistic highlight of media in a social context and I am sure that it will give the audience a compelling watch. I am curious about its release and see the responses it shall get. I hope they will welcome it with open hearts.”

Sharing a significant role in the film’s making, CBO of Zee Studios, Shariq said, “It’s a proud moment for all of us as LOST gets selected to be the opening film at the festival. Tony and the writers have crafted a unique story, a story of humanity under the guise of a thriller, and we are excited to showcase it to the audiences.”

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Shareen Mantri Kedia, Producer – Namah Pictures shared, “CSAFF is a wonderful platform to showacse ‘Lost’ and we are excited for the film’s world premiere before an international audience. We have always believed in bringing forth compelling narratives and are keenly looking forward to the film’s release in India after its opening premiere before the Chicago audience.”

Yami plays the role of a crime reporter. When asked about her excitement about the film’s premiere at the fest and its awaited release, Yami commented, “I can’t be happier and more proud of the film’s selection for the opening night at CSAFF. I feel like its one that the people will connect to and will be the one that you cannot miss, especially in the current age and time.

“I have loved playing this role because it was such a special experience, it allowed me to explore so many layers of emotions as an actor and the entire team has worked really hard on it. I genuinely cannot wait for the film’s release, especially to see the reactions of the audience to it,” she added.

Along with Yami, the film will feature Pankaj Kapur, Rahul Khanna, and an ensemble of younger talent, including Neil Bhoopalam, Pia Bajpiee, and Tushar Pandey, in pivotal roles.

The story is written by Shyamal Sengupta and Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury, the screenplay is written by Shyamal Sengupta, and the dialogues’ are by Ritesh Shah, respectively. Avik Mukhopadhaye is the Director of Photography. The music is composed by Shantanu Moitra and the lyrics are penned by Swanand Kirkire.

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The film is produced by Zee Studios, Shareen Mantri Kedia, Kishor Arora, Sam Fernandes, and Indrani Mukherjee.