Sonata is the psychological exploration of three unmarried women facing a mid-life crisis Aruna Chaturvedi, a banker Dolon Sen, a professor and Subhadra Parekh, a journalist. It is a film about these three friends, their bonding and their gaze in a male dominated society
Director of the film Aparna Sen says, “I have attempted to explore the various aspects of being feminine and to make the story relevant I introduced two characters (a maid, thereby cutting across class borders, and a transgender woman) apart from the single women protagonists. This was a major decision because these characters don’t exist in the original play.”
That is not the only change Sen has incorporated in the film, she has changed the climax to include a tragedy culminating in an event of global magnitude, confronted with which there is a shift in the personal anxieties and their everyday joys and sorrows pale into insignificance, but also strengthens the bond of friendship.
A HK Studios Film Sonata 103 minute film is based on Mahesh Elkunchwar’s play by the same name. Adapted and directed by Aparna Sen and starring three remarkable actresses Aparna Sen, Shabana Azmi and Lilette Dubey, the music is rendered by Neel Dutt.