By Kanika Katyal:
Director Neeraj Ghaywan’s Varanasi based-drama, Masaan, which won the FIPRESCI Prize and the Un Certain Regard Promising Future prize at the Cannes Film Festival, is set to amaze the Indian audiences on the 24th of July, just two months after its Cannes premiere.
Having received wide critical acclaim at international film festivals, the movie will be released with the same fanfare in India. “Masaan will negate the notion that festival films are arty and don’t find a release. We are releasing it in about 300 screens,” says Producer Manish Mundra of Drishyam Films.
Explaining the meaning and relevance of the title Masaan, Varun Grover, the co-writer and lyricist of the movie said, “Masaan is a slang word in Benares for shamshaan (cremation ground). Vicky Kaushal’s character is from the Dom community and he works at the cremation ground in Benares. Besides this, the film reflects upon the philosophy of the cycle of life and death in many ways.”
Set in the backdrop of Ganges, Masaan, is a heartfelt tale about two very different narratives of people, tied together in their struggle against social pressures of morality and class and gender equality in contemporary India.
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