After a grand premiere at Westgate, Nairobi on November 29th
2018, Subira film premiered in Mombasa at Cinemax Nyali on
December 7th , 2018.
Being a coastal film, the fans were
very excited to meet the cast and crew of Subira who had
flown down to Mombasa for the event.
The fans flocked in big numbers to
the cinema to catch their favorite stars.
Amongst the people present for the
premiere was Zinat Mohammed – the girl who played the
role of little Subira who flew down for the premiere
from Lamu, Sippy Chadha, Brenda Wairimu, Tirath Padam,
Nice Githinji, Roselidah Taabu, Tony Kamau, Susan Ngao,
Audrey Bera, Casting Agent – Ken Ambani , Mombasa
Assistant High Commissioner – Mr. Shyam Sunder Dewani
and his wife Shobhna Dewani, MD of Coastweek – Mr. &
Mrs. Shiraz Alibhai, Englishpoint Marina – Mr & Mrs Amyn
Kanji, Bhavin Motors – Mr. & Mrs Bipin Rathod, Friends
of Fort Jesus, CEO of Raia Tv – Ann Hamberger, to name a
The film was very well received
with positive feedback from the Coastarians.
Mombasa was indeed very warm to
The cast and crew of the Kenyan film Subira were
present for the premiere and release at Nyali Cinemax on
Friday, December 7th at 8 p.m. as well as excited to
meet the Coastarians and get their feedback on the film.
At the Kalasha Awards hosted in Nairobi on November
24th, Subira scooped some of the most coveted awards of
the night including Best Film, Best Director, Best
Actress, Best Editor and Best Lighting Award. Seen above
are the actor Tirath Padam [left] and actress Brenda
Wairimu [right] with director Ravneet Sippy Chadha at
Nyali Cinemax for the premiere of the film.
Q & A with the
film’s director Sippy Chadha:
1.) When did you start writing
Subira? How has your journey been so far?
The project of writing Subira started eight
years ago. The reason I started writing this story is because I
felt trapped by my own emotions.
Growing up as a girl, in a traditional
family in India, my entire life was laid out in front of me. I
must behave a certain way, look a certain way, marry into a
certain family, have children, in that order. There wasn’t any
significance given to my unique sense of self. In fact, self
-expression was not allowed. Girls must obey to be considered
The ultimate goal of a woman was to aspire
to keep a good home. Yet, I felt a murmuring in my heart that
said, I was meant for greater things.As I came of age, I started
to get offers of marriage, as is our custom. This was my deepest
fear. I saw marriage as a trap. I had seen many of my cousins go
through marriage, giving up their dreams and becoming totally
domesticated. When it was my turn to get married, I did go
through an arranged marriage and came to Kenya in a matter of
In this journey, I found the courage to
confront my demons and take on my greatest fears. I can say in
my deepest fears I found my largest freedom.
2.) Do you enjoy being a Director or
I enjoy writing. It’s almost like healing
and meditative for me. On the other hand, directing comes most
easily and naturally because I have the scene running in my head
when I am penning it down during the writing process.
3.) What has given you the most
satisfaction in this journey so far?
Filming Subira has been my dream, having
the whole world see my point of view has been very satisfying.
My dream is to continue telling authentic stories with global
resonance. I strongly believe that my work as a filmmaker is to
expand consciousness such that we may break through our own
limitations and live from a sense of aliveness.
4.) How was it to win the Kalasha
award for the Best Director and Best Feature Film of 2018?
It was a fantastic feeling, surreal.
Something that can’t be put into words. When I went up to
collect my award for the Best Director I couldn’t talk for a few
seconds. I just stood there in front of the entire film
fraternity, chief guest and all the media while tears came
pouring down. It has been a journey, indeed.
I constantly have women coming up to me and
telling me that I have broken the glass ceiling and that they
would love to have just a part in my next feature to feel
uplifted as women. I didn’t realize that I am inspiring so many
people through my own journey.
5.) Do you have any plans to take
Subira to other African countries?
Subira has been invited to showcase in
Tanzania and Uganda. Kaaya films further plans to distribute the
film throughout Africa including Nigeria, Ghana, Egypt and South
Africa. We also plan to take it to China, Europe, Australia, New
Zealand and USA as there has been an interest.