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Four Indian Films selected at Abu Dhabi Film Festival 2012

By NewsDesk • Published on September 25, 2012

The World Before Her, Sujata, I.D. and Mumbai’s King (Mumbai Cha Raja) are selected for the Abu Dhabi Film Festival. The festival will be held from 11th – 20th October, 2012.

The World Before Her by Nisha Pahuja will make its Gulf premier under the Documentary Competition section of the festival. The film competes with noted documenatries like The House I Live In (Grand Jury Prize at Sundance Film Festival 2012 and the Honorable Mention Award at the Silverdocs Documentary Festival 2012), Meanwhile in Mamelodi ( 2nd place for the Golden Gate Award at San Francisco International Film Festival 2012) and Anton’s Right Here (Silver Mouse at Venice Film Festival 2012).

The foreign films from under this category will compete for Black Pearl Award, Special Jury Award and the Best New Director Award.

Sujata by Shlok Sharma will make its Gulf Premier under the Short Film Competition. The Centrifuge Brain Project that has won 10 awards so far, including Honorable Mention at the Oberhausen International Short Film Festival 2012, Audience Award at the Hamburg International Short Film Festival 2012 and the Jury Award at the Aspen Shortsfest 2012, is also selected for the category. These films will compete for the Best Narrative Award, Best Producer Award and Best Documentary.

I.D. by Kamal K.M. and Mumbai’s King (Mumbai Cha Raja) by Manjeet Singh are both under the New Horizons – Middle East Premiere section.   The foreign films in this category will contest for Black Pearl Award, Special Jury Award, Best Actor Award and Best Actress Award. The biggest contender for these awards is Beasts of the Southern Wild that has won 11 awards so far, including FIPRESCI Prize, Golden Camera, Prix Regards Jeune and Prize of the Ecumenical Jury – Special Mention at the Cannes Film Festival this year.


The World Before Her by Nisha Pahuja draws parallels between two factions of women. One is a group of twenty young women from India competing in a beauty pageant and the other a group belonging to the Hindu fundamentalist movement. The Indo-Canadian filmmaker Nisha Pahuja captures their similarities and their differences over coverage of several months. The film was also in competition at the 11th Tribeca Film Festival 2012 and won the Best Canadian Feature award at HotDocs 2012.

Sujata by Shlok Sharma is a minute short. The protagonist played by Huma Qureshi decides to quit escaping and takes control in the wake of her tormentor’s arrival. The film was screened at the 9th Indian Film Festival, Stuttgart, and was also selected at the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles 2012.

I.D. by Kamal K.M. is the story of Charu “Charu and her friends share a rented apartment in a sky-rise in Mumbai. All in their mid-twenties, and each hailing from different parts of the country, they have come here to make this bustling metro their home. One day a labourer comes to paint a soiled wall at her house. Irritated that her flat-mate did not inform her, she asks the man to hurry up. A few minutes later, she finds him unconscious on the floor. Charu, panicked and desperate to do what’s right, gets entwined in a series of incidents that take her through the city. Anywhere that might lead her to some identity of the man. Even a name,” says the official website of the film.

I.D. was one among the twelve Indian films selected at the Busan International Film Festival 2012.

Mumbai’s King (Mumbai Cha Raja) by Manjeet Singh and will also compete under the New Horizons – Middle East Premiere section. Rahul roams the streets with his balloon-seller friend Arbaaz. These two kids escape the grim realities of their lives by gambling, roasting stolen potatoes, stealing an auto rickshaw for a joyride, and chasing girls. But soon Rahul has to “take care” of his violent father, who has forced him to live on streets.  The film casts Rahul Bairagi, Arbaaz Khan and Tejas Parvatkar.

Mumbai Cha Raja premiered in City to City program of the Toronto International Film Festival. Manjeet Singh was also selected for the Toronto Talent Lab 2012 to be held alongside the festival.

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