By Yash Thakur. Posted on May 20, 2015
Masaan, the debut feature by Neeraj Ghaywan, was received with thunderous applause and a standing ovation yesterday at the Cannes Film Festival. The film was widely appreciated at Cannes, and went on to receive a 5 minute standing ovation, bringing the team to tears.
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The cast includes Richa Chadha (Gangs Of Wasseypur), Sanjay Mishra (Aankhon Dekhi), Shweta Tripathi (Haramkhor) and Vicky Kaushal. Masaan (or Fly Away Solo) follows an orphan who collects coins from the river bed, a young man from a lower caste, a receptionist at a coaching center and her father who is a pandit. What is common between the four is the fact that they are misfits in a world of small-town moralities. As described by the director himself, it is the 'story of escape'; from the conventional mindset, the rigid social structure. Check out some of the pictures that were uploaded by the team right after the screening.
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In an earlier conversation with Jamuura, Neeraj Ghaywan told us how he quit a cushy corporate job to pursue his love for filmmaking. Produced by Manish Mundra's Drishyam Films, Masaan is one of the two films that were screened at the Un Certain Regard section this year; the other being Gurvinder Singh's Chauthi Koot. Ashim Ahluwalia's Miss Lovely and Kanu Behl's Titli (yet to be released in India) have been screened in this section in the last few years. Check out the trailer of Masaan below.