Principal photography has started on Island City, written and directed by Indian filmmaker Ruchika Oberoi, which participated in NFDC Screenwriters’ Lab in 2012.

NFDC is fully financing the Hindi-language project, which stars Vinay Pathak (Bheja Fry), Tannishtha Chatterjee (Brick Lane) and Amruta Subhash (Masala).

Scheduled for completion in mid-2014, the film ties together three absurd stories in a modern-day Indian city.

The first story revolves around a diligent office worker who wins the office ‘Fun Committee’ award. The second is about the domineering head of a family who suddenly falls into a coma and how his family slowly replaces him in their psyche with the seductive hero of a popular soap opera. The third is about a girl who falls in love with a man who writes her love letters.

“The first two stories are black comedies while the third one falls into the tragicomedy genre,” said Oberoi.