Vaani Kapoor launches trailer of Maali at Indian Film Festival of Melbourne

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Maali explores deforestation and mental health. Photo: Surabhi Deshpande

After showcasing the teaser of her forthcoming film Maali, the impressive trailer of this Pragya Kapoor film was launched by Vaani Kapoor at the prestigious Indian Film Festival of Melbourne recently.

The trailer not only garnered a thunderous response from the audience but also left everyone speechless with its thought-provoking message about deforestation and mental health.

Maali is a journey of a 16-year-old girl, Tulsi, from the calm mountains to the concrete jungle and her struggle when she witnesses the life of the city; greed, loneliness and depression. In the film, young Maali’s journey from the serene mountains to the concrete jungle examines the effects of deforestation on our wellbeing and mental health.

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Vaani says, “It has been an immense pleasure working with Pragya. Her films have always had an important message. Having worked with her on Chandigarh Kare Aashiqui, which also had a social message, Maali too highlights alarming issues that we are facing around us, which need to be addressed and given more attention. The trailer of Maali looks incredible and we should all support and watch such meaningful content.”

Producer Pragya Kapoor adds, “It’s been an honor for us to showcase our film at the prestigious Indian Film Festival of Melbourne. We have received tremendous support from the industry for this little film of ours. Also, a huge thank you to my dear friend Vaani Kapoor for being gracious as always and launching our trailer to the world.”

Director Shiv C. Shetty is making his directorial debut after working in the corporate sector for 13 years. He is now following his passion, and said, “It’s my first film and it has been a beautiful journey working with Pragya, who is so deeply connected with nature.”

Apart from donning a producer’s hat and being known for delivering content-driven hits like Kedarnath (2018) and Chandigarh Kare Aashiqui (2021), Pragya Kapoor has been involved in some exemplary work in the field of environment conservation. Founder of Ek Saath -The Earth Foundation, Pragya remains in a constant pursuit to make the world a better place through her philanthropy efforts and eco-friendly initiatives.

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