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4 Indian films at Melbourne 2013 including “Ugly”

By NewsDesk • Published on July 5, 2013
Punarvasu Naik’s "Vakratunda Mahakaaya" will have its world premiere at Melbourne International Film Festival 2013

Punarvasu Naik’s “Vakratunda Mahakaaya” will have its world premiere at Melbourne International Film Festival 2013

Amit Kumar’s Monsoon Shootout and Anurag Kashyap’s Ugly will screen at Melbourne International Film Festival (July 25-August 11) along with three other Indian films.

Both films were in Cannes this year. Ugly was screened at the Directors’ Fortnight while Monsoon Shootout had a midnight screening in the official selection.

Fahad Mustafa and Deepti Kakkar’s documentary Powerless will screen in the “Defying the times: Activism in films” section. [Read interview here]

“Accent on Asia” will screen three Indian films- Amit Kumar’s Monsoon Shootout, Anurag Kashyap’s Ugly and Punarvasu Naik’s Vakratunda Mahakaaya (Twisted Trunk, Big Fat Body).

It will be the world premiere of Naik’s debut Vakratunda Mahakaaya. The film is set in the backdrop of the Ganapati festival of Mumbai that terrorists believe will be the best time for a bomb blast.

The film produced by Anurag Kashyap and Guneet Monga has been described by the festival as, “Mixing biting satire with humane social commentary, Twisted Trunk, Big Fat Body is Indian cinema as you’ve never seen it before. Part thriller, part drama, part blackly comic farce, Naik’s film is a warm-hearted and clear-eyed take on an ascendant India, trapped between the binds of tradition and the glittering lure of modernity.”

Tau Seru, an Australian short film shot in India by director Rodd Rathjen is also part of the festival selection. It was earlier screened at Cannes Critics Week this year.

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