March 7, 2024, 7:00 P.M.

The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108, George Lucas Building, USC School of Cinematic Arts Complex, 900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

Women In Showbiz Everywhere (WISE) and Outside the Box [Office],
invite you and a guest to attend


A Lady with a Film Showcase by WISE:


Directed by Kiran Rao
Screenplay by Sneha Desai
Produced by Aamir Khan, Kiran Rao & Jyoti Deshpande
Starring Nitanshi Goel, Pratibha Ranta, Sparsh Shrivastav,
Ravi Kishan, and Chhaya Kadam

Followed by a Live Zoom Q&A with Kiran Rao

7:00 P.M. on Thursday, March 7th, 2024

The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108
900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007



About Laapataa Ladies

Set in 2001, somewhere in rural India, LAAPATAA LADIES is about the delightful adventures of two young brides who get accidentally swapped on a train. In the ensuing chaos they each encounter a host of colourful characters, resulting in hilarious and unexpected consequences. The young lost ladies must take it upon themselves to venture on an endearing journey: one of immense discovery about themselves and womanhood; and the heartwarming and heartbreaking nature of life itself.

Provided courtesy of Jio Studios. Running time: 122 minutes.

About the Director

Kiran Rao is a Mumbai-based film director and producer with Kindling Pictures. She started her career working on films such as Lagaan and Monsoon Wedding, and went on to produce Peepli Live, Delhi Belly, Dangal and Secret Superstar, among others. Her first feature as director was Dhobi Ghat (Mumbai Diaries) which was produced by Aamir Khan Productions. It premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2010 and had a worldwide theatrical release in 2011.

Laapataa Ladies (Lost Ladies) is her second feature. She is also a co-founder of Paani Foundation, a nonprofit company that is working towards water security, and sustainable and profitable agriculture in Maharashtra.

Director's Note

When I heard the story of LOST LADIES in 2018, several years after making my first film DHOBI GHAT, it was somewhat serendipitous. I was, in my own way, a bit lost. While working as a producer on other directors' films I had written many stories of my own, but none of the screenplays was developing quite the way I wanted. And then one day Aamir told me about 2 BRIDES (as Lost Ladies was then called), a story about two young brides who accidentally get swapped on a train. The screenplay of 2 Brides by Biplab Goswami had won a prize at a screenwriting competition which had Aamir as one of the judges.

I loved the story, so when Aamir asked me if I'd be interested to direct it, I felt I had found my way out of a labyrinth.

Getting or being lost is one of the oldest and most powerful story archetypes. Like all voyage/return stories, there are usually some metaphysical dragons to vanquish, but there is also the promise of adventure, discovery and growth by the journey's end. The story of a woman getting lost in India would conventionally - even realistically perhaps - be a dark one. But Biplab chose to subvert these expectations with his refreshingly optimistic perspective on what being lost can mean to two young women bound by tradition. Sneha Desai's screenplay then brought the world alive with humour and heart and delightful characters. We had our share of dragons along the way - like Covid 19 which wreaked havoc through the writing and the shooting processes - but we had more than our share of rewards too. Working with a team of sparkling acting and technical talent, it has indeed been a voyage to remember for all of us involved. And now ready to premiere, I am so thrilled that the TIFF will be our first stop in Lost Ladies' journey to the big screen.


Producer's Note

In 2018, Anjum Rajabali, Juhi Chaturvedi, Raju Hirani and I were part of the jury of 'Cinestaan India Story Tellers Contest', a contest designed to encourage new writers to participate and start a journey of their own. It was here that I came across a script that really excited me, called '2 Brides', by Biplab Goswami. I fell in love with the script on first reading and I instantly thought of Kiran. I felt she is just the right director for this material. Her deep understanding of characters, nuanced narrative style, and her honesty towards storytelling, would all help bring out the best in this layered material. Incidentally, she was also looking for a script to direct, for many years now, and I was glad to have come across something that I felt would excite her. She loved it. In fact, the moment she got her hands on it, she ran so fast with it, that I can't believe it's time for the audience to watch it. I am so happy with Kiran for making such a beautiful film. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the entire cast and crew, for having worked with such love on the film, and for coming up with such a gem. And now, I can't wait for audiences all across to watch the film.
Love, a.


About WISE (Women In Showbiz Everywhere)

WISE (Women in Showbiz Everywhere) is committed to empowering all women, women identifying folks, and non-binary artists and storytellers in the media and visual arts. Our dedicated mission revolves around fostering an inclusive environment, nurturing emerging talent, and encouraging creativity to flourish. Through a myriad of initiatives such as insightful panels, immersive labs, captivating podcasts, year-round showcases, pioneering fellowships, and exclusive events, our aim is to amplify their voices. We are devoted to ensuring their significant contributions are not only acknowledged but celebrated, shaping a future where every woman in showbiz thrives.

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*WISE stands as a distinguished 501(c)(3) organization headquartered in Los Angeles. It was founded by acclaimed filmmaker Vineesha Arora-Sarin and is powered by a dedicated team of diverse industry professionals who are deeply passionate about their mission.*

About Outside the Box [Office]

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Check-In & Reservations

This screening is free of charge and open to the public. A reservation confirmation will automatically be sent to your e-mail account upon successfully making an RSVP through this website. Doors will open at 6:30 P.M.

All SCA screenings are OVERBOOKED to ensure seating capacity in the theater, therefore seating is not guaranteed based on RSVPs. The RSVP list will be checked in on a first-come, first-served basis until the theater is full. Once the theater has reached capacity, we will no longer be able to admit guests, regardless of RSVP status.

Accessibility Needs

The School of Cinematic Arts is able to accommodate most accessibility requests, including closed captioning. To ensure that requests can be handled properly, please contact Alex Ago, SCA Director of Programming, with your accessibility needs:


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Contact Information

Name: Alessandro Ago