In the past year, IFFLA alum Neeraj Ghaywan’s debut feature has become one of the most celebrated independent Indian films in recent memory. Its premiere in Cannes’ Un Certain Regard section saw the film win the prestigious FIPRESCI prize, and the section’s jury honored Ghaywan with the Promising Future Award. The film’s release in India garnered rave reviews and is poised to make stars of its talented young cast, including Vicky Kaushal, Richa Chadda and Shweta Tripathi. So it’s high time that IFFLA welcomes this beautiful film to Los Angeles!
Set along the Ganges in Banaras, Ghaywan’s film weaves together two separate stories joined by a common concern: the effect of narrow-minded tradition on the budding desires of young Indians. Two students who meet in a motel room for a romantic encounter become the victims of police corruption, while two others attempt to navigate their courtship through caste discrimination. Both relationships cause a ripple effect that leads to blackmail, shame and tragedy, but Ghaywan never loses sight of the hope for a brighter future in his delicate and powerful masterwork.
- Neeraj Ghaywan
Award-winning director Neeraj Ghaywan was born and raised in Hyderabad, India. He began his professional career as an assistant director on Anurag Kashyap’s GANGS OF WASSEYPUR, and went on to be the second unit director of UGLY. MASAAN is Ghaywan’s feature debut. It won two awards at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival, where it premiered in the Un Certain Regard section, as well as receiving much critical acclaim.