Unfreedom is the directorial debut of Raj Amit Kumar. It stars Victor Banerjee, Bhavani Lee and Preeti Gupta, Bhanu Uday and Adil Hussain. The film is a contemporary thriller based in a society torn apart by political, religious and sexual turmoil. Alternating between New York and New Delhi, the film combines two powerful stories about religious fundamentalism and intolerance. One story is about a Muslim terrorist Husain (Bhanu Uday), attempting to silence a liberal Muslim scholar Fareed (Victor Banerjee). The other story is about a young woman Leela (Preeti Gupta), who defies her devout father Devraj (Adil Hussain) and escapes an arranged marriage because she is secretly involved in a taboo lesbian romance with Sakhi (Bhavani Lee).
Unfreedom was banned by the Indian Censor Board owing to its explicit love making scenes, depiction of lesbian relationships, Islamophobia and religious fundamentalism. The film has been produced under the banner of Dark Frames and Raj Amit Kumar has co-written the screenplay with Damon J Taylor. The film’s technical team comprises of Oscar-winner Resul Pookutty (Slumdog Millionaire) who has done the sound design, award-winning cinematographer Hari Nair (Shutter, Kerala Café) and edited by Atanu Mukherjee, who debuted as a director with the acclaimed film, Rukh (2017).
‘I am glad that Unfreedom finds such a popular platform like Netflix after the ban in India and the efforts of censorship guardians in India to stop the film. It also exposes the hypocrisy and divide between reality and fantasy of censorship system in India. There is no way they can control and censor content in digital age, yet, they try their best to choke filmmakers like me who have something relevant to say that makes them feel threatened,’ shared director Raj Amit Kumar.