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Mani Kaul’s ‘Duvidha’, two more Indian films at Venice festival

New Delhi, July 29 (IANS) Late filmmaker Mani Kaul’s “Duvidha” will be screened at the
68th Venice International Film Festival, starting Aug 31, along with Gurvinder Singh’s Punjabi movie “Anhey Ghorhey Da Daan” and Amit Dutta’s “Sonchidi”.

While Kaul’s film will be screened out of competition, Singh and Dutta’s films will be screened in Orizzonti section, which focuses on the new trends in world cinema.

Kaul, who passed away this month after a prolonged illness, teamed up with Ravi Menon and Raeesa Padamsi to tell the story of a merchant’s son whose relationship with his young bride is thwarted by his work and a ghost who falls in love with her, resulting in the ghost soon impersonating the husband.

Set in Rajasthan, “Duvidha” is based on a popular folktale from the state. Shah Rukh Khan starrer “Paheli” was also inspired by the same folktale of Rajasthan.

“Anhey Ghorhey Da Daan”, based on the novel of the same name by Punjabi novelist and Jnanpeeth Award winner Professor Gurdial Singh, is said to be the first Punjabi film to be screened at the Venice film festival, while experimental filmmaker Dutta’s short film “Sonchidi” is not his first work to be screened at the fest.

His “One Man’s Women and other Stories” got special mention at the Venice film festival in 2009. It was only third Indian film to have done that.


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