Jio MAMI with STAR, Netflix & PVR Cinemas presents a special screening of Ritesh Batra’s ‘Our Souls At Night’ Starring Robert Redford and Jane Fonda.
Tonight as a precursor to the Jio MAMI 19th Mumbai Film Festival with Star, a Special Screening of Ritesh Batra‘s ‘Our Souls At Night’ in partnership with Netflix and PVR Cinemas took place at PVR Icon,Versova.
Ritesh Batra is widely known for his debut feature film ‘The Lunchbox’ starring Irrfan Khan, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, and Nimrat Kaur, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 2013 and won Rail d’Or.
‘Our Souls At Night’ is based on the novel of same name by Kent Haruf. It is a story of two widowed neighbors, played by Robert Redford and Jane Fonda, who develop an unexpected relationship in their small Colorado town. The film had its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival on September 1, 2017. Film personalities thronged to watch the film, present were Siddharth Roy Kapur, Bhumi Pednekar, Radhika Apte and Saiyami Kher to name a few.
Jio MAMI with Star, Creative Director, Smriti Kiran said, “Ritesh Batra is doing big things with quiet elegance. His films are a reflection of his personality. They speak of things that linger beyond the fleeting. There was no way that we would have missed the opportunity to screen his wonderful new film at MAMI. Very grateful to Netflix for letting us organize a special screening of the film in India. ‘Our souls at night’ is a brilliant precursor to the festival this year.”
Excited about the special screening, Ritesh Batra, Director, ‘Our Souls at Night’ said, “It’s nice to be back home and I am excited to see what the people have to say about the movie here. ‘Our Souls At Night’ is a love story and love stories are made for Indians. I really wish the starcast were here, they are the most amazing artists and it was an honour to work with them. I am going to be at the MAMI Festival, and I am really excited to see what it has in store for us this year.”
Bollywood stars and fans of Ritesh’s work who attended the screening were Actor, Radhika Apte, who said, “ I loved Lunchbox, so I am excited and looking forward to Ritesh’s next film and I am also looking forward to attending MAMI and I am going to whatever little help I can in my own way as MAMI means a lot to me.”
Actor, Saiyami Kher, the first one to make an appearance on the red carpet, animatedly said “ I am a big fan of the three name – Jane Fonda, Robert Redford and Ritesh Batra. Ritesh always comes up with interesting subjects and I am looking forward to ‘Our Souls at Night’. I am also aware that this is a precursor to the MAMI Festival and Anurag Kashyap’s movie Mukkabaaz is going to open the Festival and I am definitely watching it and many more at the Festival.”
Reactions of actors and personalities who watched the film were:
Siddharth Roy Kapur, Member MAMI Board of Trustees, said, “A subtle story about relationship. So authentic, real and heartfelt, I was really quite amazed. Very beautifully told by Ritesh.”
Saiyami Kher, said “Everytime I get out of a film that Ritesh makes it really touches my soul. Great performances by senior actors and Ritesh’s writing and direction is what I really liked the most.”
Bhumi Pednekar, said “I am so overwhelmed by the film. Ritesh is such a phenomenal filmmaker, the performances by these legends is brilliant. I’m trying to gather my emotions after watching this film.”
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Mumbai – the financial capital of India is also the epicentre of the Indian film industry. The city plays such a major role in production and dissemination of Indian films and television programs that it is widely known by its acronym ‘Bollywood’. In 1997, a group of film industry stalwarts headed by late Hrishikesh Mukherjee founded the Mumbai Academy of Moving Image (MAMI) as a not-for-profit Trust. Their main objective was to organise an annual International Film Festival which the film industry and the country could be proud of. MAMI has been organising the festival for the last 16 years and aims to foster a climate of good cinema. MAMI engages people from all walks of life across the city and country that enjoy and love good cinema. It is Mumbai’s only film festival that is entirely created and run by film professionals and a group of members from corporate India. Appreciation of good cinema, stripped off all the limiting labels of art and commercial, can only come about through exposure to the best of films the world has to offer. The Festival is the first step in that direction. In their Mission Statement in 1997, the MAMI Board of Trustees said, “We feel it is the need of the hour to disseminate and inculcate good cinema among Indian audiences. The only way to achieve this is to celebrate cinema by hosting an International Film Festival in Mumbai, India’s film and entertainment capital. MAMI (Mumbai Academy of Moving Image) is committed to start Mumbai’s first independent international film festival organized by practicing film makers.”
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