Director Kabir Singh Chowdhry's Mehsampur, a fascinating Punjabi meta-fiction mockumentary, will have its India Premiere at the 20th Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival With Star.
Produced by Dark Matter Pictures, Crawling Angel Films and ASR Films and co-produced by Bohra Bros Pvt Ltd, the film which has been selected for the prestigious India Gold competition category at the festival is based on the tragic true story of the late famous Punjabi singer-composer Amar Singh Chamkila and his wife Amarjot. The duo was shot dead by militants in 1988 in Mehsampur prior to a performance.
Mehsampur is an interesting amalgamation of biopic and documentary style of filmmaking that merges facts and fiction to tell the story of Devrath a filmmaker who arrives in Punjab to research on the iconic duo of Amar Singh Chamkila and Amarjot. In the process, he drives a fading musician and a disturbed actress to the edge. The trailer of the film was launched on Tuesday.
The film has been written by Akshay Singh and is produced by him along with Kabir Singh Chowdhry, Sanjay Gulati and Ajit Singh Rathod. The film has been co-produced by Sunil Bohra.
The India Premiere of the film will be attended by Lal Chand and Kesar Singh Tikki - the two associates of the late Amar Singh Chamkila. Incidentally, Lal Chand was playing the Dholak on the stage at Mehsampur when Amar Singh Chamkila was shot dead and he is the only survivor of the tragic incident.
Mehsampur had its World Premiere at the Sydney Film Festival 2018 and has been an Official Selection at the London Indian Film Festival and Melbourne Indian Film Festival 2018. The film was also in the Work in Progress section at the Docs Against Gravity Festival 2018.
The film also featured in the 32 films that were selected for Film Bazaar Recommends section at 2016 edition of the NFDC Film Bazaar.
Kabir Singh Chowdhry, the director of Mehsampur said, "I am truly delighted that the film has been chosen for the India Gold section at Mami. This is a festival I have attended regularly and have been inspired by. To be selected for the Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival and to finally show the film to audiences in India is indeed an honour. This is a special and precious moment for me."More UNI AKM 1940
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