‘Noblemen’ story is an adaptation of the Shakespeare play, ‘Merchant of Venice’ and directed by debutante director Vandana Kataria.The story is set in a posh boarding school and adolescent issues, coming of age and bullying in today’s world are the main themes of the film.
Kunal Kapoor plays the role of a drama teacher in the boarding school. Kapoor’s character has a mysterious past. As a teacher, he has radical ideas on bringing about change in education and schooling.
Noblemen is a spin on Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice, set in a posh all-boys boarding school in India. It is the story of 15-year-old Shay who is cast in the Founders’ Day production of Merchant of Venice. But Baadal; a senior to Shay, the son of a feigning Bollywood star, and the quintessential entitled millennial; believes the part should be his. Thus he recruits his best friend and Sports Captain; Arjun, to help him overthrow Shay from the part. Therein begins a series of events, that lead to the loss of innocence, and life itself.
‘Noblemen’ starring Kunal Kapoor, Ali Haji, Mohammad Ali Mir, Muskaan Jaferi and Shaan Grover, the film is shot completely in idyllic Mussorie.
The film is produced by Yoodlee Films who believe in the mantra of fearless filmmaking. Their last 2 films released this year were ‘Hamid’ directed by Aijaz Khan starring Rasika Duggal, Vikas Kumar, and Talha Arshad Reshi and others and their lasted release as a Netflix Original ‘Music Teacher’ directed by Sarthak Dasgupta starring Manav Kaul, Divya Dutta, Amrita Bagchi, and Neena Gupta.
DIRECTOR’S BIO- Vandana Kataria
A graduate from the Nation Institute of Design, Vandana Kataria was the Production Designer on ‘Detective Byomkesh Bakshy’ (2015), ‘Shanghai’ (2012), and ‘Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye’ (2008) for which she also won her first Filmfare award. She has directed multiple commercials, music videos, and corporate films in the past. She was the 2nd unit director on Gully Boy and directed the music video ‘Jungli Sher’ for rap sensation Divine.
More recently she has made her foray into writing and directing, and her first feature film as writer/ director ‘Noblemen’ produced by Saregama India under the banner of Yoodlee Films, awaits its commercial release end of this month. She is presently prepping for her next feature film with RSVP.
Actor -Ali Haji
Ali has been a part of over 100 TV commercials and his first film was Family (2006 film) as Amitabh Bachchan’s grandson. His next film: is a Hollywood feature titled Line of Descentpreviously known as The Field with Ronit Roy and other actors.
Ali also has his own theatre production known as Clean Slate Studios, under which he has written and directed two plays, the former being called Kaaya and the latter, a satire on the Indian parenting system called The Mad World of Rustom Irani.
Ali recently starred in the film Noblemen for which he won an award at the New York Film Festival also featuring Kunal Kapoor. The film deals with boarding school and bullying issues. Directed by Vandana Kataria and produced by Saregama.
His next upcoming film is called Super 30 starring Hrithik Roshan.
Actor- Kunal Kapoor
Kapoor trained for an acting career under Barry John and became a part of Motley, a theatre group run by acting legend Naseeruddin Shah. He began his career as an assistant director of Aks, which starred Manoj Bajpayee and in which Amitabh Bachchan played a major character.
Kapoor made his movie debut as the male lead opposite Tabu in Meenaxi: A Tale of Three Cities (2005) which was helmed by painter MF Hussain. His next film was the Aamir Khanstarrer Rang De Basanti (2006), for which he received a nomination in the Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award category. The film was successful both critically and commercially, and it was nominated in the Best Foreign Film category at the 2007 BAFTA Awards.
Yash Raj Films (YRF) studio subsequently signed Kapoor for a three-film contract. He appeared in films like Laaga Chunari Mein Daag (2007), Aaja Nachle (2007) and Bachna Ae Haseeno (2008). After this, Kapoor took a break for two years, and then appeared in national award winner Rahul Dholakia’s Lamhaa (2010) starring Sanjay Dutt. The film didn’t do well but Kapoor received accolades for his performance as a young Kashmiri politician. Critics hailed it as “One of the most powerful performances of the year”. That same year, Kapoor voiced the Indian God Rama in Mahayoddha Rama, an animation film made by Raizada Rohit Jaising Vaid In 2011, he appeared in the Shahrukh Khan starrer Don 2,where his performance was appreciated.
In 2012, Kapoor played the lead role in Sameer Sharma’s light-hearted comedy film Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana which he co-wrote. The film received positive reviews and was hailed by critics as being amongst the ten best films of the year. The New York Times reviewed it favourably and called Kapoor the Indian Matthew McConaughey. In 2014, he appeared in the off-beat comedy film Kaun Kitne Paani Mein.
Kapoor’s next films to release were the epic action trilingual film, Veeram, directed by National Award winner Jayaraj, Gauri Shinde’s next and Tigmanshu Dhulia’s war drama Raagdesh based on the Indian National Army trials. In 2017, he started filming for one of the most expensive Indian movies; GOLD. The film, based on the first Indian hockey team to win a Gold at the Olympics, saw him pairing up with Akshay Kumar for the first time. It was released on 15 August 2018.