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Texas Premiere

Shut Up Sona

India I 85 mins I Documentary I 2020 I Hindi, English,

& Oriya w/ English subtitles

A legal notice arrives one day at Sona’s doorstep, accusing her of Blasphemy. Her offense? Singing an 800-year-old song with devotional lyrics, while being dressed “obscenely”.


She's advised to back off, but Sona isn't compatible with that edict. A music icon and self styled trouble-maker, Sona finds inspiration in the mystics and poets of India from centuries past; those who questioned the social order and had their voices reinterpreted and their rebellion covered to suit the patriarchy.

The film, like Sona, is laced with sarcasm, wit, and a bit of wildness. SHUT UP SONA resonates with every woman’s search for space in a culture ridden with millennia of misogyny. This is a film about music, art, social change, and the clashing of the ancient and modern. It’s about our right to exist, with a voice.

FRI. APRIL 16 - 7:30PM CT

About the Artist


Deepti Gupta is a Filmmaker and Cinematographer living in Mumbai, India.She graduated in cinematography from Film and TV Institute of India in 1998 where she discovered her love for art house cinema and documentary.


She has shot over a dozen documentaries & features including LAXMI & ME (Nominee Silver Wolf IDFA 2007), HONEYMOON TRAVELS PVT. LTD, RANU, & THE FAKIR OF VENICE . She has also shot commercials for major brands in India and abroad.

Deepti is one of the founder members of IWCC, Indian Women Cinematographers Collective.
SHUT UP SONA, her first feature documentary as director, premiered at MAMI, Mumbai in October 2019 and received a Film Critics Guild Jury Special Mention for gender sensitivity. 




Thank you to our Community Partner for this screening: the Austin Film Society,the Austin Film Commission and The Asian Creatives of Greater Austin!

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Writer/Director:         DEEPTI GUPTA

Producer(s):                SONA MOHAPATRA

                                     RAM SAMPATH

                                     DEEPTI GUPTA


Executive Producer:  APOORVA BAKSHI

Cinematographer:     DEEPTI GUPTA

Editor:                         ARJUN GOURISARIA

Music:                          SONA MOHAPATRA

                                     RAM SAMPATH

Sound:                        BOLOY KUMAR DOLOI

                                    NIRAJ GERA

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