”There were a lot of naysayers who told me not to make a film on Down Syndrome,” says Ahaan director Nikhil Pherwani

05 . Mar . 2021
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We have all been through some of the toughest times of this generation, maybe even those of the upcoming generations, when the entire world was put through a wringer last year. And while the pandemic situation is still ongoing, there is a ray of hope that has come with this year. Through the beauty of entertainment, new content and new stories, we have kept our minds fresh these last few months.

And in the middle of this chaos, comes a film with a vast heart.

Directed by Nikhil Pherwani, Ahaan is about an affectionate young man with Down Syndrome.

The trailer of the film was released digitally today and it has been raking in lots of positivity. In this first glimpse, we see how Ahaan, despite his challenges, is full of zest and life, which he spreads to everyone around him, especially in his friendship with a middle-aged man who suffers from OCD.

The novelty of the storyline has been enticing the audience and we can surely say that the titular actor, Abuli Mamaji as Ahaan is going to shine on the big screen soon.

Talking about this experience, the director of the film, Nikhil Pherwani says, “When I started making this movie, there were a lot of naysayers who told me not to make a film on Down Syndrome.

“This is not just another disabled story, it is about human relationships, friendship surrounding this amazing human being who happens to have Down Syndrome. There were so much light and joy in this story that I just had to translate it on the big screen.

“When I first met Abuli, his life force and confidence was what made me explore the idea of casting him in the leading role. After several workshops and test shoots, I knew he was right for the part and the journey began. I hope the audience connects with our emotion that we have poured in the film and appreciates it.”

Along with the central character of Ahaan played by Abuli Mamaji, the film also stars Arif Zakaria, Niharika Singh, Rajit Kapur and Plabita Borthakur. A Will Finds Way Films production, this slice-of-life film is all set to release in theatres on 19th March 2021.