It was supposed to be Mallika Shehrawat’s international debut. The director had a world famous surname – Lynch. But by the time the film got released, the director, Jennifer Lynch claimed that she didn’t make Hisss. She was nowhere in sight too. During the release, it was Mallika and her good friend Govind Menon (director of Khawish, Kis Kiski Kismat, Bachke Rehna Re Baba) who handled everything. So what really happened? Did she quit or was she forced to? And if so, why and how?
A new documentary, Despite The Gods, seems to have all the answers. Penny Vozniak’s making-of documentary will premiere at HotDocs in Toronto.
Here’s the description from the official release..
Upscale Font Jennifer Lynch, daughter of cult film auteur David Lynch, made her auspicious directorial debut in 1993 with Boxing Helena at the Sundance Film Festival. A box office disaster, the film was viciously mauled by critics and became the focus of multiple lawsuits. Fifteen years later, a recovering addict and hard-working single mother, Lynch returns to the director’s chair with an ambitious project that will test her skills and the entire crew’s sanity.
Despite the Gods brings us behind the scenes on the set of Lynch’s Bollywood/Hollywood action film about a man-eating snake goddess. Out of her depth shooting on location with an Indian crew and two top Bollywood stars, Lynch turns her production into a vehicle for her own self-actualization, paying no regard to timeline, budget or reality. As the story in front of the camera derails, the story behind the camera explodes.
And the trailer. Do watch.