After its successful premiere at the 36th Tokyo International Film Festival, where it garnered significant acclaim, 'Sumo Didi' continued to make waves at the 35th Palm Springs International Film Festival.
Drawing inspiration from the life of India's sole female sumo wrestler, Hetal Dave, the film unfolds the extraordinary narrative, skillfully portrayed by Shriyam Bhagnani.
Earning a coveted spot in the prestigious 'Best of Fest' list, 'Sumo Didi' secured its place among the top 30 films globally at the Palm Springs International Film Festival. This recognition comes with an exclusive special screening, underscoring the film's universal appeal.
A noteworthy aspect of 'Sumo Didi' is its distinction as one of the rare Indian films shot in Japan. The narrative revolves around an underdog who triumphs against formidable challenges, touching upon themes such as the objectification of women and addressing the prevalent issue of 'fat shaming' faced by women worldwide. These poignant themes have resonated strongly with audiences.
What sets 'Sumo Didi' apart is its global recognition, achieved solely on the merit of exceptional performances rather than relying on big star power. The film's success reaffirms that a genuinely crafted and well-told story can stand out and find its audience.
Amit Chandraa, the producer at Ma+Th, expresses gratitude for the rewarding journey with 'Sumo Didi': "The audience's love for the film is both humbling and inspiring. The film transcends sports and gender, delivering a powerful narrative of breaking barriers. Hetal Dave's extraordinary journey, coupled with universal themes of perseverance and ambition, strikes a chord with viewers worldwide."
Presented by Jio Studios and produced by Jyoti Deshpande, the National Award-winning FreshLime Films, and MA&TH Entertainment, 'Sumo Didi' boasts world-class production qualities. Directed by Jayant Rohatgi and written by Nikhil Sachan, the film reaffirms that a compelling story knows no boundaries, celebrating the triumph of the human spirit.
(With Agency Inputs)