'Manto' to be the curtain-raiser for the second edition of Singapore South Asian International Film Festival 2018 (SGSAIFF). The fest will kick off on October 5 and the closing ceremony will be held at Resorts World Sentosa on October 14. The audience will get a potpourri of films based on the lineup which includes an interesting mix of feature films, short films and documentaries curated from across the world.
And this year the festival will include five world premieres, two special screenings, eight feature films and nine short films in competition. The opening ceremony will be attended by actors Paramabrata Chatterjee and Raima Sen – lead actors of the film 'Reunion' which will be having its world premiere at SGSAIFF 2018. The festival will open with actor-director Nandita Das’ 'Manto' which stars Nawazuddin Siddiqui in the titular role as Sadat Hassan Manto and follows the most tumultuous years and times in the life of the famed writer and of the two countries, he inhabited -India and Pakistan.
The film was chosen for the prestigious Un Certain Regard section at Cannes 2018 and features an impressive ensemble of actors including Rasika Duggal, Rajshri Deshpande, Rishi Kapoor and Paresh Rawal. The screening also marks the film’s South East Asian premiere. The SGSAIFF 2018 lineup represents a diverse mix of feature films, short films and documentaries, which include films from India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Nepal and Afghanistan.
The jury for the competition films at the festival comprises of filmmakers Girish Kasaravalli (Ghatashraddha), Siddiq Barmak (Osama), producer Marc Baschet (The Lunchbox), film consultant Golda Sellam and renowned film critic and author Gautaman Bhaskaran. This section also includes feature films and short films.
Other films to be featured in this segment are Prasad Namjoshi’s 'Video Parlour', Rakesh Rawat’s 'Midnight Delhi', Miransha Naik’s 'Juze', Indrashish Acharya’s 'Pupa', Sumathy Sivamohan’s 'Sons And Father', Naresh Kumar KC’s 'Dying Candle', Ektara Collective’s 'Turup' and Prashanth Vijay’s 'Summer of Miracles' (Athisayangalude Venal).
The SGSAIFF 2018 will be hosting the World Premieres of Prasad Namjoshi’s Video Parlour, Murari M Rakshit’s 'Reunion', Pravin Tarde’s 'Mulshi Pattern', Rakesh Rawat’s 'Midnight Delhi' and Zaigham Imam’s 'Nakkash' which was launched at Cannes 2018.
'Video Parlour' which is director Prasad Namjoshi’s second feature film after the much acclaimed 'Ranga Patanga' is the story of Vikram, a filmmaker who meets his childhood friend after a long time and revisits his childhood memories that revolve around a video parlour.
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