Filmmaker Anurag Kashyap expressed that he consciously chose JIO MAMI over Busan Film Festival for his movie Mukkabaaz.
Ananad L Rai produced and Anurag Kashyap directed Mukkabaaz, had been selected by The Mumbai Film Festival as its opening night film. The film is based on a boxer hailing from the state of Uttar Pradesh and Anurag shares an interesting choice he had to make.
“MAMI members asked me for my film, Mukkabaaz and I was like where are you going to show it? I don’t qualify for India Gold; I just don’t qualify for anything, where are you going to my film? Much later, I think when all member saw the film, they decided to make it an opening film”
“I told them that I have to permission from my producer Anand L Rai’s permission because in India, being a film within mainstream it also deals with conflicts with lot of other things but once everyone was on board, they announced the film”
“It was a moment of pride for me and I was very happy because my film never played at MAMI and because of that I lost big Asian premiere at Busan and for me, that was the choice I made which is a very big thing,” said Anurag during the opening press conference of Jio MAMI.
MAMI Chairperson Kiran Rao and director Anupama Chopra held a press conference in Mumbai to announce the films and events which would be a part of the upcoming MAMI festival. The event was graced by Siddharth Roy Kapoor, Rohan Sippy, Anurag Kashyap and other members.
The 19th Mumbai film festival will screen 232 films from 49 countries in 51 languages. The film festival will start on 12th and ends of 18th October.