Motwane’s ‘Trapped’ to premiere at Mumbai film fest

Mumbai, Oct 10 (IANS) Filmmaker Vikramaditya Motwane’s “Trapped” will have its world premiere at the Jio MAMI 18th Mumbai Film Festival with Star later this month.

The film festival has announced a new category titled Spotlight, a segment of films that recognises Indian cinema’s historical trajectories, celebrates its creative impulses and explores its future. The section will begin with the world premiere of “Trapped”.

Motwane said in a statement: “I’m ecstatic, and absolutely petrified to be premiering my film at MAMI. It’s a film based in Mumbai and it’s apt that its world premiere be here, in the presence of my hometown audience and at a festival I absolutely adore.”

Director Priyadarshan’s “Sila Samayangalil”, Buddhadeb Dasgupta’s “The Bait” and Adoor Gopalakrishnan’s “Once Again” (Pinneyum) will be screened at the festival along with “Kaagaz Ki Kashti” — a documentary on the life of singer Jagjit Singh — directed by Brahmanand Singh.

There will also be an anthology of short films, “Shor se Shuruat” by budding directors like Supriya Sharma, Arunima Sharma, Rahul V. Chittela, Pratik Kothari, Amira Bhargava, Annie Zaidi, Satish Raj and Kasireddi.

Spread over the duration of the festival, which will begin on October 20, these films under Spotlight have been selected to highlight various human emotions.

The 18th edition of the fest will screen over 175 films from 54 countries including features, documentaries and short films.