Ajeeb Aashiq | Strange Love
Curated by: TBA Collective

TBA in association with G5A Film Society presents



75 minutes | DCP | India | 2016 | Hindi and English with English subtitles

DATE: 18th June 2017

TIME: 6-8 PM


The film is suitable for audience above 18 years of age because of its mature content.

The screening is free and open to all, but please RSVP your attendance to collectivetba@gmail.com


The director of the film, Natasha Mendonca and Suman Sridhar who is the lead actor, co-producer and music director of the film will be present for a post screening discussion.


About the film:

Ajeeb Aashiq/Strange Love is a tale of unrequited love, betrayal, and friendship. A stylish working class transgender man, Khush crosses paths with Bollywood singer Suman in a contemporary portrait of Mumbai. The cinema-verite style film chronicles Khush’s journey of becoming a man and Suman’s critique of hetero-patriarchy through her creative voice. The intimate gaze of the film paints a compelling portrait of a city hanging in the balance, skewed  by poverty and class divide on the one hand, united on the other hand by the character’s longing and pursuit of a utopia.


About TBA:

TBA (To Be Announced) is a Bombay based collective that is attempting curation of independent /experimental films, video and visual arts by pairing the work with a specific venue in the city. With each screening we move across the city in an effort to engage different audiences in different spaces - both formal and informal.


More information about the film:

Ajeeb Aashiq/Strange Love is award-winning filmmaker and visual artist Natasha Mendonca’s groundbreaking debut feature film. The world premiere took place at the 45th International Film Festival, Rotterdam, February 2016 and was nominated for the Bright Future Award. The cast of the film includes Mumbai-based Khush Mishra and singer-songwriter Suman Sridhar in a lead role with her original music alongside actor Jim Sarbh.

Supported By: The Hubert Bals digital production fund 2011, ‘Open Doors’ at the Locarno Film Festival 2011

Select Screenings: Tate Modern – U.K. Premiere 2017, Video Brazil 2017, ?Bangalore Queer Film Festival – India Premiere 2017, India Foundation for the Arts 2017, Locarno Film Festival, Open Doors Switzerland Premiere 2017, International Film Festival Rotterdam 2016 – World Premiere, Queer Lisboa 2016 – Portugal Premiere – Nominated for the Queer Art Award,  X’posed Queer Film Festival Berlin 2016, Pink Screens, Brussels 2016


About the Filmmaker:

Natasha Mendonca is an award-winning interdisciplinary artist and filmmaker from Bombay, India. S/he holds a Masters in Film and Video from the California Institute of the Arts.

Her work has shown at the Museum of Modern Art PS1, (USA), Centre Pompidou (France), Tate Modern (U.K), Instituto Tomie Ohtake (Brazil), Los Angeles County Museum, (USA), Kochi-Muziris Biennale, India Art Fair, NGBK (Germany), Locarno Film Festival among others. S/he was also on the Teddy Jury, Berlin International Film Festival in 2004 and was part of the Berlinale Talents 2017. Her previous ?film Jan Villa, won four awards including ?the Tiger award at The International Film Festival Rotterdam 2011.

In 2003, s/he co-founded Larzish - India’s first international film and video film festival on sexuality and gender based in Bombay, India.



The Black Box

  • We request you to bring warm clothes as it gets chilly inside the Black Box as temperatures need to be controlled at optimum levels as per technical requirements
  • Food, beverages and water are strictly prohibited inside the Black Box. Please do not carry them in your bags either
  • Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis
  • Please do come at least 15 minutes prior to the show and enjoy a good cup of coffee at PORT
  • No Late Entries will be allowed
  • Latecomers can only be allowed in at intermission or at an appropriate pause in the program and as per the instructions of the organizers