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A film school graduate from Sheffield Hallam University is all set to release his debut feature documentary film online.

Debutant documentary filmmaker Haresh Sood will release his first feature film ‘My Niece’s Big Fat Delhi Wedding’ in 2021 inspired by the hit film ‘Monsoon Wedding’. The film showcases the Delhi high life of the Kohli family who live in its suburb called Gurugram. Filmed over a 10-day period, the documentary demonstrates all the ‘C’ words of an Indian wedding - the ‘charisma’, the ‘chaos’, the ‘crying’, the ‘colour’, and its ceremonies such as ‘choora’ and ‘caleeray’, and above all the comedy!

Haresh Sood who graduates with a distinction in his MA in filmmaking in summer 2021, opens a window into the rich high end of Delhi life to the rest of the world. The documentary trails Haresh’s niece, Nitasha Kohli-Arora, whose wedding was one of Delhi’s finest and most lavish.

Haryana’s Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar attended to give his blessings upon the invitation of Harvind Kohli, Nitasha’s father and Vice President of the Bharatiya Janata Party in Gurugram.

Haresh Sood, is a practising barrister and also has a journalism and acting background. He has worked on various projects and received awards including Tomorrow’s Lawyer Award 2001. He is a former judge of the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Awards for Unsung Heroes 2004.

Haresh says, “Having qualified and worked in several disciplines, film was one world I always had a passion to explore. Going to film school over the last two years has been the most amazing and incredible experience. I have to say a special thanks to my course director, film producer Colin Pons and filmmaker tutor Saskia Wilson who encouraged me to pursue my dream.

I also want to acknowledge Mira Nair, the filmmaker of ‘Monsoon Wedding’, a masterpiece film which inspired me to go on this journey. The idea for the story came to me when I went to India in 2017. In 2018 I decided to do an MA in filmmaking to bring my vision into a reality.”

The film seeks to raise awareness of the Little Princesses Trust, a charity which provides real hair wigs, free of charge, to children and young people who have lost their own hair through cancer treatment and other conditions. Haresh is a regular donator of his hair to this charity.