Madhur Bhandarkar's Mumbai Mist receives standing ovation at BRICS Film Festival in China
Director Madhur Bhandarkar's upcoming film Indu Sarkar has been able to grab enough eyeballs after its trailer got launched. However, the director's short film Mumbai Mist has been in news lately after it was reported to be screened at the BRICS Film Festival in Chengdu, China this year which started on 23 June and will run till 27 June.
According to Firstpost's report, Mumbai Mist was made as part of the 'magnificent five-directors' collaboration project for the BRICS Film Festival, wherein five filmmakers have been roped in to make 18-minute shorts on the theme “Where Has The Time Gone?” reports Mumbai Mirror.
Bhandarkar represented India alongside world-renowned storytellers like Walter Salles (who directed The Motorcycle Diaries) from Brazil, Chinese director-screenwriter Jia Zhangke, Russian storyteller Aleksey Fedorchenko and South African filmmaker Jahmil XT Qubeka.
According to a report by Bollywood Hungama, Mumbai Mist was premiered at the film festival on 23 June - the opening day - and was accepted with a thundering applause and followed by a standing ovation.
The story of the film revolves around an upper-middle-class man played by Annu Kapoor who in the wake of leading a lonely life in the cosmopolitan Mumbai, befriends an 11-year-old ragpicker named Charlie (played by Devrath Mudgal).
Both these performances were equally lauded the festival post its premiere.
In the early 1950s and 1960s it was Raj Kapoor who swayed away the Chinese audience with his films. The songs from his films are immensely popular among the Chinese cinema lovers. Madhur Bhandarkar's Mumbai Mist also used the song ‘Awaara Hun’ from Kapoor's 1951 classic Awaara. Bhandarkar's this tribute to Kapoor worked wonders for the film at the festival and made the audience nostalgic, as reported by Bollywood Hungama.