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Published on September 23, 2016 with No Comments

First time Canadian director makes her feature film debut with social issue, but global resonance 

Canadian director Brinda Murlidhar is presenting her first film Knot Not! to Canadian audiences.   A compelling family drama, Knot Not! is filled with intriguing characters and being set in an Indian backdrop, the film in English has been produced entirely in the Greater Toronto Area with Canadian talent.

Knot Not! explores a deep social issue with a global resonance. Full of heart-warming, thought provoking and fun inducing moments, it holds a mirror to the society while keeping in mind the entertainment value for its audience.

“The idea for Knot Not! stemmed from Gunny”, says writer-director Brinda Muralidhar. “He had developed a brilliant quirky concept. I wrote the story and script and there began our work on a short film – around 20 to 30 minutes – with 7 characters.”

Knot Not! is a coming of age story of Mohan and his family.  Mohan (Dilip Krishnamurthy) a young man from South India arrives in Canada for higher studies.  Soon he makes friends with Patricia Smith (Jessica Siegner) a pleasant, independent Canadian girl.  All is well until Mohan’s parents Srinivas and Padma arrive in Canada.

Srinivas wants Mohan to marry Lakshmi (Suniti Santosh) daughter of his Indo-Canadian friend, the light-hearted Bhaskar (Nat Pennathur).  Lakshmi is a delightful girl who cherishes great family values.   Mohan likes her, but before he embarks on his new journey, he has a major task to complete; he is yet to figure out what he wants!

Will Patricia and Lakshmi help him? Will he figure out who is standing in his way? Is it his father who pays all his bills and tells him what to do?  Or is it his mother who is his best friend? Will Mohan find out where his true happiness is? Will the family Knot remain strong or Not? The story takes a number of twists and turns and has a plethora of out of the box moments with rib tickling situational comedy, all the while exploring deep complexities with relatable, true to life experiences.    In that…Knot Not! is not about happy endings, it is about stopping the bad beginnings.

“What started as a short film eventually became a full-length feature film. Well, things changed”, says Muralidhar. “The more we interacted with the team, the more we felt we had a great story to tell, a deeper issue to explore, and there evolved a full feature length film. It was a huge decision, but we – the cast and crew – thought we should give it a shot.”

The first time director hopes the audience will cherish the movie for a long time.

“As a story teller my main motto is to entertain the audience”, says Muralidhar.   “My film has a great concept, a layered storyline, believable characters, relatable situations. Knot Not! is filled with out-of-the box moments, memorable dialogues and pleasing visuals.  It showcases our inherent Indian values intermixed with Canadian values in a balanced narrative.”

“Knot Not! is a story that needs to be told over and over again as long as marriages do happen wherever in the world! Its global resonance, relevance, quirky yet relatable characters, packaged in a tastefully funny way will make the film worthwhile and meaningful to the audience.”

Knot Not! written, directed and edited by Brinda Muralidhar with cinematography by Gunny Muralidhar and original music composed by Vinayak Hegde and Deepak Sant is set to premiere October 13 at Cineplex Brampton. For more details, visit www.knotnotmovie.com.


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