This year, the Movie Mela, a highlight of the Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival, was held six days before the opening film. The extravagant affair created quite a buzz among moviegoers ahead of the Jio MAMI 19th Mumbai Film Festival.
The Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival will take place from 12 to 18 October. While it promises to be an extravagant affair for cine enthusiasts. It has also gone several notches higher in its 19th edition in terms of bringing more diversity on board.
It will showcase 220 films from 49 countries and in 51 languages. Some of these languages, though Indian, are unheard of in the realm of cinema. Rare regional languages like Ladakhi, Chokri, Brij, and Konkani will be in the offing at the festival this year. As far as the global diversity is concerned, films in African languages will be a highlight of the festival, particularly rare regional languages like Kikuyu, Bembe, Nyanja, Tonga, Xhosa, Samoan, and Lingala.
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Anurag Kashyap’s Hindi sports drama Mukkebaaz will open the festival. It is about a lower-caste boxer struggling to make his mark in the boxing world. Vineet Kumar Singh plays the lead role in this film, produced by Aanand L Rai.
MAMI will also host a host of international stars this year, including Italian actress Monica Belluci. In her first visit to the country, Bellucci will be honored with a special award at the gala.
Among Bellucci’s films that will be screened are On The Milky Road and Irreversible.According to a source in the know of developments, Kashyap will be in conversation with Bellucci at a session during the gala. Also, Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan is likely to host a party for the actress.
MAMI has 3 competitive sections, India Gold (a platform for Indian filmmakers to showcase their debut work), International Competition (for global filmmakers to showcase their first projects) and Dimensions Mumbai (short film vertical for filmmakers under the age of 25).
In the concluding session of the Movie Mela, titled Big Talk, filmmaker Karan Johar hosted a session with arguably two of the finest actors of the current crop and his frequent collaborators – Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt. Johar brought the issue to the fore once again about nepotism.
Golmaal Again, the fourth installment of the blockbuster franchise that is to release this Diwali. Ajay Devgn, Parineeti Chopra, Kunal Kemmu, Shreyas Talpade and Tusshar Kapoor, along with director Rohit Shetty also joined the Mami Mumbai Film Festival.
Ahead of the release of Vidya Balan’s next, Suresh Triveni’s slice-of-life drama Tumhari Sulu on 24 November. Vidya Balan compared the role to that of Silk Smitha in Milan Luthria’s 2011 semi-autobiographical drama The Dirty Picture. She said that her role of a homemaker-turned-Radio Jockey in the former is not as sexually charged as her milestone role of Silk, but both the characters have an underlying similarity. Both of them are go-getters, in their own right.