Filmmaker Lakshmi Devy questions convenient patriarchal norms with her latest film, “When the Music Changes”

Filmmaker Lakshmi Devy questions convenient patriarchal norms with her latest film, “When the Music Changes”


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Drenched into the world of cinema, Lakshmi Devy, an Indian-American filmmaker, Director, and actress is raising eyebrows with her potent and gut-wrenching latest film ‘When the Music Changes’. The film has successfully laid its footprints in many International film festivals so far.
The film highlights and raises some pertinent questions into our understanding of atrocities against women and has garnered rage views from all over the world. 
Hailing from New York, Lakshmi Devy is a perfect blend of both Indian and American cultures and has spent most of her life in the Southwest part of Kerala. She has also worked in renowned Tamil and Malayalam films before and is not new to the film industry. Also, she has directed a short film by the name “Daro Mat” which has garnered more than 3 million views on YouTube. ‘When the Music Changes’ is her feature film debut as a director. FiDi Talkies, her production house based out of New York, has produced the film. Hollywood actor and director John Turturro has joined Lakshmi as the executive producer for this venture.
Talking about the success of the film, John Turturro says, “I must say I was very impressed. And disturbing, in a good way. To pull it off is an accomplishment, especially wearing so many different hats as director, writer, and actor. It’s a worthy and important subject matter which takes all shapes and forms in so many different cultures. I thought the visual elements were strong and the storytelling too.”.A lot of other Hollywood directors and Producers appreciated her for the groundbreaking efforts and courage to highlight such an important social evil pertaining from the past few decades. 
Talking about her idea behind making such a rebellious film, she says, I ventured into it because it was the need of the hour. We read about a new rape case almost every couple of days. The cases will range from victims of the age of 1 month to over 65yrs. The fact that our patriarchal society believes that they can snatch a woman’s honour and pride away by sexual intimidation and assault is appalling. This has to change and it has to change now. The audience is mostly shaken after watching the film. I do find that they empathize with the situations presented. I am hoping that empathy becomes a catalyst for a change in our society’s attitude towards women”. 
The journey from being a professional doctor to becoming a scriptwriter and Director has been really inspiring and motivating. Currently, she is looking forward to acting and to be a part of major films across the world. She also focuses on building a good meaningful body of work and to collaborate and associate with the most renowned filmmakers and technicians across the globe.
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