Indian Cinema News
'Mithya' applauded at Osian's
Jul 26, 2007, 17:22 GMT
New Delhi, July 26 (IANS) Despite being screened for the second time at the 9th Osian's-Cinefan film festival here, 'Mithya' (The Imposter Who Wasn't) managed to pull in a crowd early Thursday morning and also received good feedback from the audience.
The film, which is part of the Indian Competition category, has been directed by Rajat Kapoor and stars Naseeruddin Shah, Ranvir Shorey, Vinay Pathak and Neha Dhupia.
The film, which is a satire on the Mumbai underworld, has a great mix of comedy, seriousness and even slapstick humour. It narrates the story of an aspiring actor, played by Ranvir, who comes to Mumbai chasing his dreams but ends up becoming a reluctant impostor in a dramatic turn of events.
'The movie is very different. The plot is extraordinary. Everyone has acted very well in the film but Ranvir is phenomenal. He's so funny,' said Sheetal Sharma, a movie buff.
'Mithya', which was first screened Wednesday at another venue, is Rajat's third directorial venture. His previous two movies 'Raghu Romeo' and 'Mixed Doubles' had received lukewarm responses from the audience and did average business at box office.
'The script was with me for nine years. In fact, if I had got producers then it would have matured much before 'Raghu Romeo' or 'Mixed Doubles'. But unfortunately I could never raise money for it,' Rajat said.
'I love the old Hollywood gangster films and I always wanted to make a gangster movie. This is my tribute to gangster films and I'm now out of it. I'll now do films which will have love stories,' he added.
The presence of the star cast of the film added some glamour to the festival Thursday.
Four Indian movies - 'A Little Box of Sweets', 'Anuranan' (Resonance), 'Podokkep' (Footsteps) and 'Shoonya' (Zero Zone) - were being screened Thursday.
Several inspiring movies like 'The Wedding Chest' from Kyrgyzstan and 'Foster Child' from Philippines were screened on the morning of the festival's seventh day. Other critically acclaimed movies like 'Lonesome Trees' from Iran and 'M' from Japan were set to be screened Thursday night.
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