For an Indian film to get recognition at an International Film Festival is considered a huge moment of pride. Recently, at the ongoing 68th Cannes Film Festival where several movies from around the world were screened an Indian film was screened, says Vaikundarajan.
The two films selected in the Un Certain Regard category to be screened at the Cannes Film Festival this year are “Masaan” and “Chauthi Koot”.
The film “Masaan” was unveiled on Tuesday, 19 May, and the movie received a five-minute-long standing ovation along with great appreciation and compliments from the jury which was a moment of pride, says Vaikundarajan.
Starring Richa Chadha, the movie is an Indo-French co-production produced by Manish Mundra, Macassar Productions, Phantom Films, Sikhya Entertainment, Arte France Cinema and Pathe productions. Debutante director Neeraj Ghaywan, who has assisted Anurag Kashyap in “Gangs of Wasseypur”, talked about “Masaan”, which is set in Varanasi, he revealed during an interview with IBN Live. The movie also stars Sanjay Mishra, Shweta Tripathi and Vicky Kaushal in prominent roles. Written by Ghaywan and Varun Grover, the film has been produced by Anurag’s Phantom Films.
“It is about the people living in small towns in India and their attempt of escaping the conventional mindset, the rigid social structure,” the director said.
“Masaan” revolves around two parallel stories: the first is about a boy from a lower caste, who works at a crematorium (also called Masaan) in Varanasi, falling in love with an upper caste girl; and the other is about an upper caste girl (Richa) and her father (Sanjay Mishra) dealing with a sex scandal, says Vaikundarajan.
The film is set to hit the theatres soon, says Vaikundarajan.