the colour of darkness

Release 19th of May Australian and New Zealand Cinemas & 13th of October in Indian Cinemas BUY TICKETS WATCH TRAILER

About the film

The Colour of Darkness is an astute contemporary drama that considers the effects of rigid racial prejudice. A young Australian journalist is sent to investigate the attack of an Indian student: setting in motion a chain of events with significant personal and societal consequences. Inspired by the frenzied media coverage that followed the 2010 Indian student attacks in Melbourne, director Girish Makwana has crafted a detailed and immersive narrative that explores the real ramifications of deep-rooted discrimination. WATCH TRAILERBUY TICKETS

Release dates

  • 19May

    The Colour Of Darkness

    • May 19th, 2017

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Key Features

Symphony composed soundtrack
Translated in 3 languages English, Hindi, Gujurati
$3M Budget


Film actors


Sahil Saluja

Sahil Saluja is an Indian actor who has been training at the Melbourne Actors Lab under Peter Kalos since 2013. Additionally, he has been trained at Second City School of Improv in Chicago. In 2015, he had the opportunity to play the lead actor in ‘The Colour of Darkness’, an independent feature directed and written by Girish Makwana. He plays a phD student who hails from the lowest caste in India. The film focuses on the discrimination that exists in the Indian society and has been beautifully shot in India, Australia and New Zealand. Sahil is a stand-up comic and performed at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival in 2015. He is currently in India as part of the NCPA (National Centre of Performing Arts) Repertory Theatre Company which is currently in the process of building its first performance scheduled for September 2016.

Vidya Makan

Vidya hails from the sunshine a state of Queensland, where she grew up fostering her great love for art and music. She is extremely excited to be making her screen debut in ‘The Colour of Darkness’, having made her professional stage debut earlier this year playing the role of ‘Little Inez’ in the Australian Tour of ‘Hairspray: The Arena Spectacular’. Vidya holds a Bachelor of Music (Musical Theatre) from the Queensland Conservatorium, where she had the opportunity of playing a variety of lead roles in shows including Oklahoma!, Hair, Godspell and A Chorus Line. Vidya would like to thank her amazing sister/bud and family for their incredible and ongoing support and belief in her. Finally, Vidya’s work is non-existent without her team mates, and would like to thank the amazing team working on The Colour of Darkness for their love and commitment on this wonderful and important project.

‘Director Girish Makwana has crafted a detailed and immersive narrative that explores the real ramifications of deep-rooted discrimination’

~ Indian Film Festival Melbourne, IFFM


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