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Proud that Mukkabaaz will open MAMI this year, says filmmaker Anurag Kashyap

The Raman Raghav 2.0 helmer says the best part about film festivals is that it gives boost to movies which really need attention.

Edited by: India TV Entertainment Desk, New Delhi [Updated:15 Sep 2017, 9:41 AM IST]
Anurag Kashyap
Anurag Kashyap

Filmmaker Anurag Kashyap is on cloud nine as his latest film Mukkabaaz will be the opening movie at the Jio MAMI 19th Mumbai Film Festival. The director called it a moment of pride and stated that it will be a great platform for the film to be showcased. The story of Mukkabaaz revolves around a boxer from Uttar Pradesh, who falls in love with a Brahmin girl. 

"Smriti Kiran (creative director MAMI) had heard about Mukkabaaz'. She saw the film and two days later told me she wants the film for MAMI. I said I don't qualify for India Gold or anything, where will you show it? Will you have a secret screening? 

"Then they said they want to make it as an opening film... For me it's a moment of pride. I was very happy because my films have never played at MAMI. To premiere at MAMI, I had to let go the Asian premiere at Busan. It's a choice I made," Kashyap told reporters here. 

The festival, organized by the Mumbai Academy of Moving Image in association with Star, is scheduled to be held from October 12-18. The opening ceremony will be held at the iconic Liberty cinema. 

The Raman Raghav 2.0 helmer says the best part about film festivals is that it gives boost to movies which really need attention. 

"Festivals give visibility to films which at times they really need. Haramkhor and Peddlers got visibility through festivals... The divide of indie cinema vs commercial cinema is all over the world. A lot of Sundance festival films go straight to digital. All of them don't get a release but they draw attention," the director says. 

"I've benefited a lot from them (film festivals). It really helps. Sometimes films struggle for a theatrical release in India because you are coming with a different mindset. But once at MAMI, the film gets so much traction that you come in the eyes of distributors and presenters," Kashyap adds. 

Kiran Rao, Chairperson, MAMI, says the upcoming 19th edition of the festival will showcase over 220 films from 49 countries in 51 languages. 

In the competition section- India Gold, movies like Ashwatthama, Juze, Machines, Ralang Road, Sexy Durga, Village Rockstars among others will be screened. 

In the International Competition section films like Apostasy, Bad Lucky Goat, I am not a Witch, More (Daha), Most Beautiful Island, Quest, Oh Lucy! among others will be played. 

In the 'Out of Competition' section, India Story, titles like Ask The Sexpert by director Vaishali Sinha, A Very Old Man With Enormous Wings, Bhasmasur, Nimmo among others will be screened. 

The World Cinema section will screen movies like Loveless, Nothingwood, "November" among others. John Madden, director of Oscar winning "Shakespeare in Love", will head the international jury which includes actor-filmmaker Konkona Sen Sharma, Hong Kong-American actor Celina Jade, cinematographer Alexis Zabe and Argentine film director Santiago Mitre. 

The much awaited MAMI event, Movie Mela.

(With PTI Inputs)

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