Actress Priyanka Chopra’s Marathi film production “Ventilator” is set to premiere at the upcoming Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival with Star.
Now in its 18th edition, the fest will celebrate Marathi cinema with the launch of its new segment Marathi Talkies. The programme will showcase Marathi films through the day at PVR, Lower Parel on October 25.
The film line-up has been curated by Marathi film critic Amol Parchure.
“Ventilator” is written and directed by “Ferrari ki Sawaari” fame director Rajesh Mapuskar.
Mapuskar said in a statement: “I am glad that MAMI has provided this new platform for Marathi cinema and they are hosting the world premiere of ‘Ventilator’.”
The film revolves around an ailing senior member of a family who is being put on the ventilator just days before the Ganpati festival leading to varied degrees of speculation and panic amongst the large clan he belongs to.
Parchure said: “We have seen some unconventional and splendid films take over the world cinema stage and win hearts across countries, breaking the language barrier. Film festivals like MAMI have also proven beneficial to the industry as they provide a platform for progressive Marathi cinema to showcase itself.”
A staunch supporter of Marathi cinema, actor-producer Riteish Deshmukh said: “I am pleased that MAMI continues to support regional cinema and this year, have dedicated a day to Marathi films. It is because of the platform provided by international film festivals that regional cinema is growing faster than ever.”
Jio MAMI with Star Festival Director Anupama Chopra said: “Marathi cinema has always been an integral part of MAMI.AWith Marathi Talkies, we are creating a special showcase for great Marathi cinema.AWe hope that this will help to serve both the Marathi film industry and viewers.
Other films to be showcased this year at Marathi Talkies are “Vakratunda Mahakaya”, “Bioscope” and “Rajwade and Sons”.