The Dance of the Devil

Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla will unveil Beyond the Light, a fashion film that features Shantanu Maheshwari as the devil, on July 16.

Shantanu Maheshwari as the devil, in Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla Couture

Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla’s La Filmi Compania is all set to release its second production, a scintillating film that melds delicious fashion with a spiritual message that celebrates the triumph of Good over Evil, come July 16. ‘Beyond the Light’ is a rich, mystical tale that travels between Heaven and Earth and is a multi-layered feast for the eyes and the spirit, a lesson that allows the human spirit to overcome darkness and embrace the divine within ourselves and in each other. The devil, essayed by actor-dancer Shantanu Maheshwari clad in mysterious black, begins his crafty seduction through a hypnotic dance.

Shantanu Maheshwari is the Prince of Darkness in this mesmerizing net jacket with bold geometric gold borders in zardozi hand-embroidery. Paired with a flamboyant, eight-layered, flared skirt in black mulmul, highlighted with gold lace, zardozi embroidery borders and tassels create spectacular volume and a highly dramatic effect.


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