‘Once Again’ Trailer: Shefali Shah, Neeraj Kabi Spin Their Magic

It’s all about Old-World romance. 

Indian Cinema
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Shefali Shah and Neeraj Kabi&nbsp; in a still from <i>Once Again</i>.

Once Again, an Indo-German love story, will have Shefali Shah and Neeraj Kabi exploring old-world romance in an unusual narrative.

Written and directed by Kanwal Sethi, Once Again is a mature love story of Tara, a widowed mother who runs a small restaurant and one of her customers, popular film actor Amar, to whom she delivers his daily meals. The story is set in Mumbai, and also stars Rasika Dugal, Bhagwan Tiwari, Bidita Bag and Priyanshu Painyuli in significant roles.

Neeraj, seen in Sacred Games as well as in films like Talvar, Byomkesh Bakshi, Ship Of Theseus and Hichki, is excited about playing a romantic hero on celluloid for the first time.

I have always wanted to perform a love story on celluloid. I am so happy I finally did. 
Neeraj Kabi, Actor

He has described the experience of working with Shefali as "incredible", and said they were both deeply engaged with the characters they were playing and kept exploring various ways of soaking themselves in more complex sensations of love and romance.

"I was fortunate to have Shefali performing because she had this quality of just throwing herself into the scenes and consume everything around her," Neeraj said, adding that the film's director lent a sensitivity to the film.

For Shefali, it was interesting to explore the characters -- "strangers from different worlds and from different lives -- He from a world of cameras and light, She from a world of smoke and spice".

It’s an old-world romance not much said, not in words, not in gestures and yet volumes of passion, craving, respect and companionship passes between their silent looks. The fact that it doesn’t cross a line of expression and it leaves one hankering for more.
Shefali Shah, Actor

"That's the chemistry Tara and Amar share. It's subtle and yet volatile," added the Dil Dhadakne Do actress.

Sethi said the movie is an attempt to capture the feeling of loneliness and its different facets in modern urban India.

The Indo-German film is produced by Crawling Angel Films, Jar Pictures, Neufilm in collaboration with ZDF/ARTE and is presented by Sanjay Gulati and Neeraj Pandey.

The film won the Facebook Award for the best Work-in-Progress Lab project at the Film Bazaar in Goa.

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