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Anurag Kashyap chooses MAMI Fest over Busan festival | “Mukkabaz” opening film at Mami Fest

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Mumbai, Sep 14 : Filmmaker Anurag Kashyap missed the Asian premiere of his new film “Mukkabaaz” as it is going to be the opening film at the 19th Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival with Star. But he says it’s a choice he made and he is proud of it.

“Well, it is a moment of pride for me. I was very happy because my films have never played at MAMI,” Anurag said at a press meet here on Thursday.

“To premiere at MAMI, I had to let go the Asian premiere at Busan (an international film festival in South Korea, one of the most significant in Asia). It’s a choice I made.”

Anurag was present here with MAMI Festival Director Anupama Chopra, Chairperson Kiran Rao, Creative Director Smriti Kiran among others.

“Mukkabaaz” will narrate the story of a boxer from Uttar Pradesh who falls in love with a Brahmin girl.

Mukkabaz Official Teaser:

Kiran Rao said that the festival this year will showcase over 220 films from 49 countries in 51 languages.

While in the competition section India Gold, 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 shown.

This year the festival is conducting various workshops on film reviewing, children’s films, writers and distributors conversations among various activities throughout the year.

One of the notable changes this year would be the ‘Movie Mela’ — an event on discussing films, film reunion on some of the iconic movies — which will take place on October 7 before the main festival starts from October 12 to October 18.

With a small audio visual presentation, the festival organisers unveiled the international film personalities like John Madden of Oscar winning film “Shakespeare in Love”, cinematographer Alexis Zabe, Argentine film director Santiago Mitre and actress-filmmaker Konkona Sen Sharma, among others.

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‘Sacred Games’ Will Be Back For Season 2

Season 2 will be back with a new trail of betrayal, crime, passion, and a thrilling chase through Mumbai's underbelly

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'Sacred Games' gets the green light for second season.

Actor Saif Ali Khan will be back as police officer Sartaj Singh in the second season of crime drama series “Sacred Games”, streaming platform Netflix announced on Friday.

The announcement that “Sacred Games 2” is in the pipeline was made with a teaser video, read a statement.

“The worst is yet to come. ‘Sacred Games’ will be back for Season 2,” read a post from the official Netflix India Twitter account.

Based on author Vikram Chandra’s best-selling novel, the first season of the series — produced by the Anil Ambani-led Reliance Entertainment’s Phantom Films joint venture — received viewer appreciation and critical acclaim worldwide for its gritty plot and power-packed performances.

The series, available in local languages in different markets, tells the tale of Sartaj, a seasoned and cynical Mumbai police officer who is summoned one morning by an anonymous tip which promises him an opportunity to capture the powerful Ganesh Gaitonde, criminal overlord of the G-Company.

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Actor Saif Ali Khan will be back as police officer Sartaj Singh. (IANS)

Season 2 will be back with a new trail of betrayal, crime, passion, and a thrilling chase through Mumbai’s underbelly.

The second season picks up from Sartaj pursuing his relentless battle of saving the city and Ganesh Gaitonde (Nawazuddin Siddiqui) facing bigger challenges to retain his position as the legendary kingpin of Mumbai.

The intriguing Guruji (Pankaj Tripathi), introduced in season one as Gaitonde’s ‘third father’, plays a pivotal role in unfolding a chain of events that shape the next season, which is scheduled to film in India and locations overseas this fall.

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Filmmaker Anurag Kashyap will continue directing Gaitonde’s track, while Neeraj Ghaywan will take over Sartaj’s plot. Vikramaditya Motwane and Varun Grover will continue their roles of being the showrunner and the lead writer respectively.

Erik Barmack, Vice President, International Originals at Netflix, said: “We’ve been thrilled by the response to ‘Sacred Games’ from fans worldwide, and especially in India, to this high quality production. It’s incredibly exciting for us to take the story of ‘Sacred Games’ forward and open a new chapter in the series with its second season.” (IANS)

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