“I am really moved by Chauthi Koot” said Sonam Kapoor, who got emotional and couldn’t hold back her tears after watching Gurvinder Singh’s highly acclaimed Punjabi film, Chauthi Koot at the special screening hosted by filmmaker Anand Gandhi.
B-Town celebs and film enthusiasts including Sonam Kapoor, Rahul Bose, Nandita Das, Vicky Kaushal, Shweta Tripathi, Naveen Kasturia, Navdeep Singh, Sudhir Mishra, Neeraj Kabi, Anand Patwardhan attended the screening held on August 1 at Lightbox Preview theatre, Mumbai.
The producer Kartikeya Narayan Singh, was also present at the screening along with Gurvinder Singh, the director of National Award Winning Punjabi film.
The film distributed by The Film Cafe with support from Drishyam Films and Tridev Films will hit theatres across India on August 5 with English subtitles.
See what Bollywood celebrities says about it:
Sonam Kapoor who got emotional after watching the film and couldn’t hold back her tears says, “I was really moved by Chauthi Koot. It is an exquisite film and very very special. I hope a lot of people get to see the film. I loved the film. its very hard to choose what I liked the most about the film as it is beautifully painted, its like seeing a canvas and not understanding what it is that moved you. It is about extreme emotions, it is about silence, it is about pain, it is about love, it is about loyalty, it is about angst.”
Nandita Das – “Very pure, very moving, very real, seldom do they make such films. Completely a different feeling.”
Rahul Bose – “It is a very difficult question, to understand how you liked the film. It is very ruminative, measured, un-interfering attitude towards film making. I have enormous respect towards people who do as they believe. He is not looking over his shoulder at anybody. He is making the film as he believes. And I find that compelling. You might not like a film, but when you find it compelling, that’s when you know that the person has done it truly. It is a very true film. I do not want to extract a part for entertainment and name it my favourite. I like the whole film – that moment, that world, that texture. It is a beautiful narrative, very soulful film. A lot of soul in the film. What I like the most about this movie is how it has an uncompromising attitude towards the cinematic.”
Vicky Kaushal – “I am a Punjabi guy and my family belongs to small village like it is shown in the film, in Punjab. I have heard a lot of stories from my mother, father about the tensed atmosphere back in 1984. I thought, whatever I had heard, I saw the visuals today. Not in terms of violence, just the atmosphere, the tensed atmosphere. And I think it is very rare that you see a director showcasing/expressing it in a pure form. That is the best part about it.The cinematography was absolutely fantastic.”
Anand Gandhi tweeted “Experience fear, uncertainty and unnerving suspense in this masterfully crafted piece of cinema: Chauthi Koot.” In another tweet he said, “The best film of the year is here! Chauthi Koot releases nationwide on the 5th of August. Do not miss it! Films like this are rare to come.”
Chauthi Koot is the first Punjabi film to have its world premiere at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival 2015 where it was screened in the ‘Un Certain Regard’ section and got a standing ovation.
Set during the Sikh separatist movement of the 1980s, Chauthi Koot is adapted from two stories written by Waryam Singh Sandhu called ‘Chauthi Koot’ and ‘Hun Main Theek Haan’. The film has been shot mostly around Amritsar and Ferozepur in Punjab.
Among other accolades, the film, which was screened in over 13 international and Indian film festivals, won the Best Film Award in the India Gold section at MAMI 2015 and bagged the National Award 2016 for the Best Feature in Punjabi language.