Director Neeraj Ghaywan, whose film “Masaan” screened to a standing ovation at the Cannes Film Festival, returned home with two awards. According to Ghaywan, the emerging film maker in an independent circle, the recognition is an impetus for filmmakers trying to champion independent cinema in the country.
“Masaan” which received the plaudits at the Cannes, went on to win FIPRESCI (International Federation of Film Critics) and Promising Future awards.
“I wish I could say that I dreamt about this day but honestly I did not even dream of it. I was just excited to be at Cannes with people who inspired me,” the film maker told the press after he returned home.
“The recognition is for people like Anurag Kashyap, Guneet Monga, Manish Mundra and many others who have been fighting so long for the growth of independent cinema with minimal resources, money and against the current of Bollywood. I told Anurag ‘your mentoring has led to this’,” Ghaywan added.
The Cannes audience is known for being rude to the films they don’t like but they are generous in their applause too and Neeraj was overwhelmed when the viewers greeted the film with a standing ovation.
“I thought it will be a little alienating but people suddenly started clapping when it was over. I looked at my team and started crying. I felt silly but I kept crying,” said Neeraj describing the moment.
The movie, produced by Drishyam Films, Pathe films, Macassar Productions, Sikhya Entertainment & Phantom, will release in India on July 24.
After his film’s screening, Neeraj stayed back to watch the movies being screened at the festival when he got the invitation to attend ceremonies, not realising that “Masaan” was about to win two awards.
“FIPRESCI pick one film from each category at Cannes and from uncertain, they picked our film… It was also an unforgettable moment to receive the most promising future honour from Isabella Rossellini,” he said.