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Without Cannes win, India release of ‘Masaan’ was uncertain: Director

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Mumbai: “Masaan” starring Sanjay Mishra and Richa Chadha is ready to release in India on July 24. Director Neeraj Ghaywan, however, says an India release would have been difficult had the film not won awards at the prestigious Cannes film festival.

“We didn’t go to Cannes just to gain some appreciation and come back. We received tremendous buzz due to our Cannes victory and without this, perhaps we couldn’t have released the film,” Neeraj told the media at the trailer launch of the film.

“Secondly, the win helped us sell the film in various countries which is a necessity for a film like ‘Masaan’.

Stating that film festivals were “not just mediums to showcase your films”, he said: “It’s also a market like the Marche Du Film in Cannes, where your film will be screened to numerous buyers from places like Spain, Italy among others. And a lot of these buyers have already bought ‘Masaan’ and will release it in those countries.”

The film bagged two awards at Cannes, including a debut director award for Neeraj.

(IANS)

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Richa Chadha Talks About Importance of Taking a Break

To adhere to her dates committed to her future projects, Richa will spend a working Diwali due to the shoot for the film away from home and friends

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Taking a break is important: Richa Chadha. Flickr

Actress Richa Chadha, who is currently busy with the final schedule of the upcoming biopic “Shakeela”, says taking a break from work is important.

To adhere to her dates committed to her future projects, Richa will spend a working Diwali due to the shoot for the film away from home and friends. She is glad to be doing it this way.

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Richa Chadha, Wikimedia Commons

“These dates were locked months ago. I agree that taking a break is important but I have had a busy few months and we as a team wanted to finish the shoot on time so that the film can be ready for its release on time. I’m happy to be spending time on sets on Diwali, it would be different, but we will make it special here to be with my little family I have made on the sets here,” she added.

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Director Indrajit Lankesh is helming the movie, which stars Richa Chadha in the role of real-life adult film actress Shakeela, who was popular in southern showbiz in the 1990s and continues to work even today. (IANS)