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Rana Daggubati and Bejoy Nambiar join MAMI film festival’s board of trustees

October 25th, 2018 | by Manisha Surange
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The 20th edition of Jio MAMI Mumbai Festival has added southern star Rana Daggubati and filmmaker Bejoy Nambiar to its board of trustees.

Their induction comes days after filmmaker Anurag Kashyap, who has been accused of shielding director Vikas Bahl in an alleged sexual harassment case, stepped down as the board member.

Rana said he is looking to bridge the gap between the national and regional language cinema.

“Be it Malayalam cinema, Telugu cinema or Tamil cinema, some of the best independent films are made in these languages and it will be my focus to make such work be noticed on a national platform,” Rana said.

Bejoy Nambiar is going to curate the best of South Indian Cinema for the MAMI Year-Round Programme.

“Despite the number of screens escalating every year, the access to films from down south remains limited… I hope with this responsibility I am able to showcase some of the best regional cinema from down south,” he said.

This year the Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival is all set to commemorate the life and incredible career of actor Sridevi, who passed away in February this year.

The festival will honour her with the MAMI Tribute for her exceptional contribution to Indian cinema.

The festival will also be honouring the renowned legacy and work of iconic Swedish auteur Ingmar Bergman.

The Excellence In Cinema Award will be bestowed to filmmaker Shyam Bengal for his contribution to Indian cinema. The opening film of this year’s edition will be Vasan Bala’s Mard Ko Dard Nahi Hota, which bagged People’s Choice Award in the Midnight Madness section at Toronto International Film Festival.

The movie is based on the story of a young man born without pain receptors who is looking to defeat 100 opponents in a kumite tournament.

Oscar-winning filmmaker Steve McQueen’s latest feature Widows will bring the curtains down on the festival.

The Dimensions Mumbai jury will be headed by Rajkumar Hirani. The members include Bejoy, Renuka Shahane, Parvathy.

International Competition jury includes Vishal Bhardwaj, film editor Thom Noble and Jacqueline Lyanga. It will be headed by filmmaker Sean Baker.

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