Bonaparte Films' debut production, The Effects of Lying, has been acquired by ITVX and is set to premiere on 6th July. This refreshing South Asian representation, a comedic drama with a heart directed by Isher Sahota (Grace, Mcdonald & Dodds) and produced by Jon Tarcy (Life in Black), follows the story of Naveen (Ace Bhatti), a dutiful husband and loving father, whose life spirals into chaos over a series of shocking events in just one day. Decades of buried secrets are exposed, and Naveen is forced to confront some hard truths.
The cast includes Ace Bhatti (Bohemian Rhapsody, Line of Duty), Laila Rouass (Holby City, Spooks), Lauren Patel (Everybody’s Talking About Jamie), Navin Chowdhry (The End of the F***ing World, Our Girl), Shaheen Khan (Bend it Like Beckham), and Mark Williams (Harry Potter). The script is written by James Hey (Doctors).
Naveen has always been a devoted family man who has sacrificed everything for his loved ones. But when he discovers his daughter Simran (Patel) secretly binge eating and his dissatisfied wife Sangeeta (Rouass) in bed with his brother (Chowdry), his life is turned upside down, and a cascade of lies and truths is revealed. Naveen must confront the relationships that make up his identity, take responsibility for his own life, and discover what truly brings him happiness.
Ace Bhatti says about his character: “Naveen is a man who tries to do right by his family. He’s trying so hard to keep his fractious family together, but within 24 hours he learns three very deep, very dark secrets that break his life apart. By lunchtime, his whole life is shattered…and he has to learn very quickly how to deal with that on an emotional level.”
Laila Rouass speaks about Sangeeta, “Sangeeta finds herself trapped and disappointed that her life has taken the route it has. We find her at a real crossroads and I think a lot of women can relate to someone like her - a reflection of the opportunities you didn’t take. This film meant a lot to us and the opportunity to do something where everyone’s united in the reason they’re doing it. For me, that’s where the magic lies in this movie.”
Bonaparte Films' Jon Tarcy and Isher Sahota said, “We’re thrilled to partner with ITVX on this exciting journey. “The Effects of Lying” is a relatable, hilarious and heart-warming film, so we are delighted the show has found its home on ITVX. This was a completely independent project shot in just 12 days. Our mission was to bring a new moment in representation to UK screens, so to be supported by a major platform in this competitive climate is a dream come true.”
A Bonaparte Films production, 'The Effects of Lying' will launch on ITVX on July 6th, during South Asian Heritage Month.