Delhi-6′, Dev-D’ in Venice Film Festival line upAug 1st, 2009 | By editor | Category: Most Popular
Venice (PTI): Rakyesh Omprakash Mehra’s ‘Delhi6′ and Anurag Kashyap’s ‘Dev D’ are among the four Indian movies that are a part of the line-up announced on Thursday for the 66th Venice Film Festival.
The films are not a part of the prestigious ‘Competition Category’ of the festival, the oldest in the world, but will play in two of the sidebars, ‘Midnight Movies’ and ‘Horizons’ in the ten day extravaganza that will begin on September 12.
Anurag Kashyap, who is a member of this year’s international jury will showcase two of his films, ‘Dev D’ and ‘Gulaal’ in the Midnight category along with Mehra’s ‘Delhi-6′. ‘The Man’s Woman and Other Stories’ by Amit Dutta will be part of ‘Horizons’ section.
“I am very happy, I am on the jury and two of my films are being showcased. So this is like triple whammy for me. I am really happy and proud,” Kashyap told PTI.
‘Dev D’, a modern romantic take-off on Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay’s classic novel, ‘Devdas’ was one of the first hits of 2009 and won critical as well as commercial sucess.
More recently in 2002, Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s ‘Devdas’ premiered at Cannes, implying the West’s strange obsession with this story of love, loss and defeatism, though Kashyap’s version is a far more cheerful, even rebellious look at the tragic hero.
Kashyap’s other film ‘Gulaal’, on the other hand is a brutal study of student politics ,caste rivalries and regional pride set in modern day Rajasthan. The film released in 2009, garnered critical acclaim as well as audience appreciation.
Also on the ‘Midnight Movies’ section, ‘Delhi-6′ shot in the lanes and by-lanes of the old city tries to grapple with a host of issues that still bother India: untouchability, superstition, communal rift, middle class dreams and urban malaise.
Prominent names which are a part of the ‘Competition Category’ announced on Thursday are Michael Moore’s ‘Capitalism: A Love Story’, designer Tom Ford’s directorial debut ‘The Single Man’ starring Colin Firth and Julianne Moore and Cormac McCarthy’s ‘The Road’.
Oscar winner Ang Lee is to chair this year’s Venice jury, which will decide on the eight main prizes,including the Golden Lion for Best Film, the Coppa Volpi for Best Actor and Actress, the Silver Lion for Best Director and the Special Jury Prize.