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Suman Mukhopadhyay’s Nazarband to Premiere at Busan International Film Festival

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The trailer and poster of Hindi feature film Nazarband by National Award-winner filmmaker Suman Mukhopadhyay was released on Tuesday.

The film, which sees Tanmay Dhanania and Indira Tiwari in the lead roles, will premiere at the 25th Busan International Film Festival (BIFF). The festival will be held from October 21 to 30 and the film will premiere on October 28.

“We submitted the film to very few festivals across the globe as selection to those would mean something. Busan Film Festival was, of course, a primary choice, and having Nazarband premiere there is a big boost for the film itself. As a filmmaker also I feel extremely encouraged because it is an important validation of one’s career,” Mukhopadhyay told Silverscreen India.

He has previously helmed films like Herbert, Asamapta, Posham Pa, and Kangal Malsat.

While the film was inspired by a short story by noted Bengali writer Ashapurna Devi, changes had to be made to make it contemporary, Mukhopadhyay said.

“We shot in the streets of Kolkata, Jharkhand, and Bihar. The crew was small and we were always on the road among the people. The level of commitment and talent in both Indira and Tanmay was commendable as they completely got into the skin of their characters. The entire narrative is based on following the emotional graphs of these two characters,” he said.

Dhanania, who plays the role of Chandu, has also received recognition for his works in Brahman Naman, Garbage, and Cat Sticks.

“We are very thankful and excited that it is premiering at Busan film festival. It is a great honour to be invited but because of the ongoing pandemic, we can’t go there. So obviously, we are missing out on building a good fraternity there,” he told Silverscreen India.

Nazarband was like going back home for me as I have done several shoots in Kolkata. Working with a legend like Suman Mukhopadhyay and the extremely talented Indira, was exciting. The whole shooting process was a fun adventure, to be honest, and people around us did not even know we are actors which made the movie even more authentic,” he added.

This film marks Indira Tiwari’s debut. Recently seen in Netflix’s Serious Men, she also has films with  Sudhir Mishra’s and Sanjay Leela Bansali’s lined up next.

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