Rajkumar Hirani was recently named as a jury member for this year’s Shanghai International Film Festival and the acclaimed filmmaker had another reason to celebrate as his recent blockbuster ‘Sanju’ led by Ranbir Kapoor was screened at the International festival and had three screenings!
The film, ‘Sanju’ which got appreciation from all across had the screening on the 20th, 22nd and 23rd June at the coveted film festival where Hirani was also the jury member, amongst the prominent names from across the globe. Sanju, starring Ranbir Kapoor and based on the life of Sanjay Dutt was not only a favourite of the masses but also was one of the highest grossers at the box office in India, testimony to how much love the movie received.
Marking his presence, the filmmaker arrived in Shanghai on 14th June. Following so, he graced the opening ceremony of Shanghai International Film Festival, to begin with, the showcases. Hirani witnessed an array of cinema from all over the world and watched movies every day, being a part of the jury panel. His film, Sanju also received wide appreciation at the screenings from the audience, film fraternity present at the global gathering.
With a popularity base for his projects across the borders in Asian markets like China, Hirani is definitely one name who has taken India on the global map for cinema and has created a mark with his artistry. Receiving accolades for his recent movie ‘Sanju’, the screening at an International podium like Shanghai is a massive achievement.
The director has given the industry some of the classic projects including the globally acclaimed 3 Idiots and will be on the jury panel alongside Italian director Paolo Genovese and Chinese actress Zhao. They join the previously announced jury president, 2014 Cannes Palme d’Or winner Nuri Bilge Ceylan, the Turkish director behind last year’s “The Wild Pear Tree.”
Shanghai International Film Festival (SIFF) is the only competitive film festival in China approved by the International Federation of Film Producers Associations. Shanghai International Film Festival looks at promoting the country’s rising film making talent and has become a ground where India is leading the list of jury panellists with Rajkumar as the front runner.
Consecutive with his presence at coveted panels, Rajkumar Hirani was also recently announced as a Jury President for the Malaysia International Film Festival.