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Shah Rukh Khan’s lesser known mini series-turned-film Ahamaq will be screened at the upcoming 18th edition of the Mumbai Film Festival. Directed by filmmaker Mani Kaul, the film was first released as a four part TV mini-series on Doordarshan in 1991. Later in the year 1992, the film was screened at the New York Film Festival. However, Ahamaq was never commercially released.
Ahamaq, which was based on Fyodor Dostoevsky’s novel The Idiot, will be screened under the new programme of the film festival, called, ‘The New Medium’. The segment will be curated by artist Shaina Anand. The unedited mini-series will be presented back to back as a four-hour film. To discuss the film and how it was to work with Kaul, key members of the original cast and crew including actor Meeta Vasisht and cinematographer Piyush Shah among others will also be present.
The film will be accompanied by a live score performed by the Vitaly Tkachuk Quartet from Ukraine. “We are truly excited to present this new section – my personal favourite section – which showcases some of the more bold and seminal experiments in filmmaking. I hope film lovers will take this opportunity to experience works like the newly restored ‘Man with a Movie Camera’ accompanied by live music, and Lav Diaz’ ‘Evolution of a Filipino Family’, among others,” said Kiran Rao, Festival Chairperson, Jio MAMI 18th Mumbai Film Festival. The section will feature the best in innovative film-making by scouring the living history of cinema – from its inception to the contemporary moment.
— Shah Rukh Khan (@iamsrk) October 12, 2016
Among the 14 titles that will screen throughout the festival, some of them include Uday Shankar’s Kalpana (1948) restored by the World Cinema Foundation and an iconic work of expanded cinema – the two-screen Light Music (1975) by Lis Rhodes that will be installed inside the cinema hall. These films will be screened throughout the festival, between October 20 to 27.