Mayank Shekhar: This is a film festival created by film buffs for film buffs

The 9th Jagran Film Festival (JFF) recently conducted a pre-festival screening of films from International and Indian short competition that will be screened at the Jagran Film Festival  that will commence from 29th June '18 onwards at Siri Fort. Renowned film critic Mayank Shekhar, who is also the festival director, talked about the impressive lineup of movies. Mayank talked about his early days in Delhi's Chanakya Puri wherein he had access to the best of world cinema and referenced back to the rich cinema culture that the city of Delhi has historically enjoyed. But the shifting of IFFI to Goa has created a void of sorts that needs to be filled. Mayank sees JFF as the opportunity to not only fill the void but also resuscitate the same old euphoria for movie lovers in Delhi. "This is a film festival created by film buffs for film buffs," promises Mayank Shekhar. 

Mayank then touched upon some of the must-watch films from the eclectic lineup on offer that includes Rakhee Sandilya's Ribbon, Pushpendra Singh's Ashwatthama, Angamaly Diaries director Lijo Pose Pellissery's next Ee. Ma. Yu, Zakaria Edayur's Sudani from Nigeria, Sanal Kumar Sasidharan's S Durga, Shoojit Sircar's October, Anurag Kashyap's Mukkabaaz. "We haven't just handpicked films but we have also handpicked sections. So we have created new sections where we don't restrict it to what came out between 2017 and 2018 but we also pick stuff that we love and want to showcase in front of you," explains Mayank. "So one of the things we are doing this year is a back to back special where we choose a theme and we play two movies of the same theme back to back. For example, a film called Being Bhaijaan, which is on the greatest fans of Salman Khan, will be followed by a film called For the Love of a Man, which is about the greatest fans of Rajinikanth... And two films you must catch as part of our city special are Chaitanya Tamhane's Court and Tu Hai Mera Sunday... Our country focus will showcase some of the best films from Argentina. We also have a top film critic of Argentina to take us through Latin American cinema. Also our country partner is Iran. So we have lined up a bunch of great Iranian films... As part of state focus (which is Maharashtra) we will have Madhuri Dixit starrer Bucket List and Avinash Arun's Killa," adds Mayank.    

Speaking of other sections, the India Showcase will showcase films like Turup, Bioscopewala, Ajji, The Hungry, Kuchh Bheege Alfaaz. The World Panorama category will feature films like Fan of Amoory. Some other important films to be screened at the festival include Sanjib Dey's III Smoking Barrels, Praveen Morchhale's Walking with the Wind, Meghna Gulzaar's Raazi, and Rima Das' Village Rockstars, among others.   

The 2018 edition of the Jagran Film Festival that will connect 18 cities and showcase over 200 films will commence in Delhi and tour to other Indian cities like Kanpur, Lucknow, Allahabad, Varanasi, Patna, Dehradun, Ranchi, Jamshedpur, Bhopal, Indore, Gorakhpur, Agra, Ludhiana, Hissar, Meerut and Raipur before concluding in Mumbai in September.

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