After wowing both film aficionados and critics alike at the 68th Cannes International Film Festival, Neeraj Ghaywan’s award-winning debut feature, ‘Masaan’ is now gearing up for its India premiere.
The film starring powerhouse performers Richa Chadha and Sanjay Mishra and newcomers Vicky Kaushal and Shweta Tripathi will be the opening film at the 6th Jagran Film Festival to be held in New Delhi from July 1 at Siri Fort Auditorium.
‘Masaan’ created history at Cannes recently by becoming the first Indian film to win two awards when it clinched the acclaimed FIPRESCI and the Promising Future awards in the Un Certain Regard Section.
Sharing his joy ahead of the festival premiere, debutant director Neeraj Ghaywan, who helmed the project says, “Presenting ‘MASAAN’ in my homeland is extremely special for me. It is a film deeply rooted in our heartlands, our small cities and small towns. At the Jagran Film Festival, I take immense pride in presenting a film which we all have made with utmost honesty and a lot of heart.”
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Brimming with happiness at his film being chosen to open the 6th Jagran Film Festival, producer Manish Mundra of Drishyam Films says, “It was an overwhelming moment for team ‘Masaan’ when after 26 long years, an Indian film won two awards at Cannes Film Festival. We had great faith in the storyline of ‘Masaan’ but truth be told, the reaction we received at Cannes including the 5-minute standing ovation after the screening left us speechless. If the film can connect with the foreign audience, I am confident that this heart-wrenching story will emotionally resonate in the minds of our Indian audience as well. I am grateful that through Jagran Film Festival, ‘Masaan’ will finally open out to the Indian audience.”
The movie which has been jointly produced by Manish Mundra (Drishyam Films), Vikas Bahl, Vikramaditya Motwane & Anurag Kashyap (Phantom Films), Melita Toscan du Plantier & Marie-Jeanne Pascal, (Macassar Productions) and Guneet Monga & Shaan Vyas (Sikhya Entertainment) will release in theaters across India on July 24, 2015.
The Phantom Films producer Vikramaditya Motwane says “It’s a proud moment for us to premiere ‘Masaan’ in India immediately after Cannes. It’s a film that has it’s heart and soul firmly set in India and we cannot wait for the nation to see it.”
‘Masaan’ has also managed to impress celebrated French actress Marion Cottilard.
Apart from this, according to a report published in BollywoodHungama.com, Richa was invited to the prestigious talk show – Le Grand Journal which is a French nightly news and talk show.
The show has interviewed only A-listers like Beyonce, One Direction, Madonna, Katy Perry, Brad Pitt and Robert Pattinson to name a few.
Excited about receiving this honour, Richa said, “I am so happy I could represent my country and my people. We discussed a lot of things apart from cinemas. They knew so much about India right from terrorism to the Nirbhaya case. They even spoke about the dowry system and the other harsh binding women have in our society. I couldn’t defend after a point but I did try to change their perception. If my talks are going to make a difference even if it is as small as highlighting grave issues it will be an achievement in itself.”