Four Indian Films at Melbourne International Film Festival
Monsoon Shootout, Ugly, Powerless (Documentary), Vakratunda Mahakaya will screen at Melbourne International Film Festival (July 25-August 11) along with Tau Seru, an Australian short film shot in India by director Rodd Rathjen.
Three of these films were in Cannes this year, Tau Seru was screened at Cannes Critics week. While Monsoon shootout had a midnight screening in the official selection, Ugly was screened at the Directors’ Fortnight.
Fahad Mustafa and Deepti Kakkar’s documentary Powerless will screen in the “Defying the times: Activism in films” section of the Melbourne International Film Festival. “Accent on Asia” will screen three Indian films- Amit Kumar’s Monsoon Shootout, Anurag Kashyap’s Ugly and Punarvasu Naik’s Vakratunda Mahakaaya (Twisted Trunk, Big Fat Body).
The screening at the festival will be the world premiere of Naik’s debut Vakratunda Mahakaaya. The film is set in the backdrop of the Ganapati festival of Mumbai that terrorists believe will be the best time for a bomb blast.
The film produced by Anurag Kashyap and Guneet Monga has been described by the festival as, “Mixing biting satire with humane social commentary, Twisted Trunk, Big Fat Body is Indian cinema as you’ve never seen it before. Part thriller, part drama, part blackly comic farce, Naik’s film is a warm-hearted and clear-eyed take on an ascendant India, trapped between the binds of tradition and the glittering lure of modernity.”