Actor Salony Luthra has wowed audiences across North America with her bold and raw portrayal in the short dramatic thriller ‘Forbidden’.

‘Forbidden’ is based on the true story of a girl named Jasleen who was born and raised in New York and a doctor by profession who became a victim of honour killing. Salony plays the young medical graduate Jasleen in the film.

Salony Luthra
Salony Luthra

In order to bring out the rawness and authenticity to her character, Salony had to look and feel the part for which she was put through intense training by the director of her film ‘Forbidden’. She underwent intense physical training from action and stunt director Robbie P Smith who has trained Hollywood stars Brad Pitt and Al Pacino in the past. The stunt director who helped Salony with her action rehearsals has also worked on Hollywood films like ‘John Wick’ (2014), ‘Run All Night’ (2015), ‘Okja’ (2017) and acclaimed shows ‘Daredevil’ and ‘Quantico’.

Salony Luthra with Robbie P Smith
Salony Luthra with Robbie P Smith

Says Salony, “The character I play in the film is based on the real life love story of a very courageous girl named Jasleen, born and raised in New York City who paid the price to follow her heart. There are scenes in the film which has a lot of action. I trained in New York under the supervision of Robbie Smith who is one of the biggest action and stunt director in Hollywood. What stood out for me is the protocol and the detail with which each action is directed and planned. I was specifically trained to handle the gun. The importance that is given for each stunt to look impactful with a lot of security measures was actually a very unique experience for me. It has been a lovely and challenging experience as this helped me test my agility and physical strength as an actor.”

Salony Luthra
Salony Luthra

‘Forbidden’ went on to premiere at many international film festivals including the Julien Dubuque International Film Festival 2018, New York Indian Film Festival 2018 and International Film Festival of South Asia (IFFSA) film festival in Toronto.

Starring Gulshan Grover, Salony Luthra, Gopal Divan and Dhanish Karthik, ‘Forbidden’ is a short dramatic thriller that follows a Sikh woman named Jasleen, who is running away with her Muslim lover, Fahwaz. Jasleen’s culture and religious conscious parents want her to marry within the Sikh community, and are shocked when she suddenly disappears. After Jasleen and Fahwaz elope, they think they have found happiness—but Jasleen’s family tracks the couple down and commit horrific acts in defense of their family honour.

Written, directed and produced by Vibha Gulati and presented by Ruhaniyat Films in association with Everclear Films and Women’s Voices Now, ‘Forbidden’ which exposes the ugly truth of honour killings in the western world.

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