The only Indian film in competition under Asian Future section at the 30th Tokyo International Film Festival, 2017 is Deb Medhekar’s directorial, Bioscopewala. The film will see its World Premiere at the prestigious Film festival which will be held in Tokyo, Japan between the 25th of October and 3rd of November this year. The film is produced by Sunil Doshi and Star India.
The jury this year has Tommy Lee Jones as President with Martin Provost, Reza Mirkarimi, Zhao Wei, and Masatoshi Nagase serving as Jury Members.
The Asian Future award was established to assist the development of Asian cinema. One film will be selected from the films by young directors, who have directed no more than two feature films to receive the “Best Asian Future Film Award”. The Best Asian Future Film Award Jury includes José Luis Rebordinos, Oh Jungwan and Isao Yukisada. This is Deb Medhekar’s Debut Feature film as Director.
Speaking about it, director Deb Medhekar says, “Remaking a classic warrants a change in perspective, relooking at the social mores, at interpersonal relationships as they stand today. For me Kabuliwala was a classic story restricted to school textbooks. Through The Bioscopewala I wanted to embark with my audience on a journey to rediscover who he was – what his travails meant – what the essential, innocent core was, that time had managed to make distant. The travel from Kabuliwala to The Bioscopewala also afforded a huge opportunity to pay tribute to cinema itself.”
Producer Sunil Doshi adds, “I am very delighted that a classic short story written in 19th century by Tagore is still finding its relevance in the current time of turbulence and borderless world facing refugee and immigrant crisis and cinematically interpreted Bioscopewala, It is the great honor and privilege to find a competition slot for our film in the most prestigious film festival.”
The film is a modern retelling of Rabindranath Tagore’s Classic short story Kabuliwala. When a famous photographer goes missing on a plane to Kabul, his daughter flies back to India to try and understand why he was going there. Pieces begin falling together as an old Afghan Bioscopewala is released from prison and brought home. The film follows a series of characters as they help piece the puzzle of the Bioscopewala, who once ran a Cinema hall out of his backyard in a remote Afghan village, together – helping the young girl to make peace with her own past.
The film stars Danny Dengzongpa, Adil Hussain, Tisca Chopra and Geetanjali Thapa and is supported by a crew that includes DOP Rafey Mahmood (Ankhon Dekhi), Sound designer Resul Pookutty and Editor Dipika Kalra ( Udaan, Lootera) among others.