Jio MAMI 19th Mumbai Film Festival has chosen director Anurag Kashyap’s ‘Mukkabaaz’ as its opening film for the night. The film tells the tale of a boxer from Uttar Pradesh who falls in love with a Brahmin girl. The opening ceremony will be held at the classic Liberty cinema in Mumbai.
Speaking about his film being screened on the opening night, Anurag said, “When all of them at MAMI said that they would like to open the festival with my film, I first told them that I need to ask my producer, who is Anand L Rai. Because in India there is a thing, a mainstream film also competes with a lot of other things. For me, it is a moment of pride. For me, it is a great thing. I was very happy as none of my films have been screened at MAMI. To present at MAMI, I missed the big Asian premiere, but that’s fine because this is the choice that I made.” he added.
The festival organised by the Mumbai Academy of Moving Image in association with Star, is scheduled to be held from October 12-18 and is one of the most awaited film festivals in the city of dreams. The 19th edition will showcase over 220 films from 49 countries in 51 languages.
In the competition section – India Gold, there are movies like ‘Ashwatthama’, ‘Juze’, ‘Machines’, ‘Ralang Road’, ‘Sexy Durga’, ‘Village Rockstars’ among others will be screened.
In the International Competition section films like ‘Apostasy’, ‘Bad Lucky Goat’, ‘I Am Not A Witch’, ‘More (Daha)’, ‘Most Beautiful Island’, ‘Quest’, ‘Oh Lucy!’ among others will be played.