Salony Luthra Forbidden

Indian actress Salony Luthra’s “Forbidden” was premiered at the New York Indian Film Festival 2018. The film highlights the evil practice of honor killing in the western world. (photo provided)

MUMBAI—“Forbidden,” inspired by a true-life story, has stunned the American audiences as it premiered at the New York Indian Film Festival 2018. Actor Salony Luthra’s dramatic thriller is set to be an eye-opener across international film circuits, with the film highlighting the evil practice of honor killing in the western world. Luthra plays the main character.

“Forbidden” is based on the true story of a girl named Jasleen, who was born and raised in New York and was a doctor by profession. She lost her life at the young age of 25. “Jasleen is a true-life love story of a very courageous girl born and raised in New York City, who paid the price to follow her heart. The issue of honor killing is not just a third-world problem, as they call it, but it is present everywhere, across borders, religions and sections of the society,” said Luthra.

Added the actress, “With this film, I only hope and pray that I have been able to do justice to this courageous girl’s life story and to many other girls who have been victims of honor killing. The mission of this film is to end violence against women living outside of their native countries. In addition, it is to ignite a social change that will compel the legal system to take action against criminals who commit heinous crimes against women in the name of family honor.”

According to findings by the Women’s Advocacy Group, 20,000 women and girls are killed every year due to honor killing. Reports submitted to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights show that the brutal practice is there in at least 26 countries. Of them, nine are western countries with large immigrant communities including the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and Germany.

The film is touted to be a shocker for the U.S. Legal and Human Rights Department since none are aware about the brutal death of Jasleen. With this film, the makers are hoping to bring to light the death of this young girl and the fact that she has been missing for years with none of the authorities taking any action.

“Forbidden” is Luthra’s second film to be screened at the New York Indian Film Festival. She has had “Kajal” also being premiered in the festival circuit. In both, she plays central strong female characters.

Apart from Luthra, “Forbidden” stars Gulshan Grover, Gopal Divan and Dhanish Karthik.

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