Ghaywan too took to Twitter to express his delight. Our first film Masaan is selected at Un Certain Regard section of Cannes 2015 (sic)," he tweeted.
The three story lines intertwine before converging ...See full summary » A documentary crew starts to make a documentary about an Auto Rickshaw driver in Mumbai.A story of the 18th century, but one that has travelled the time and space to be retold in the present ...See full summary » Radiopetti, the story of a man lost in another world, a world of the past, brought alive to his ears by a radioset. Chauthi Koot, directed by Gurvinder Singh, refrains from giving you any historical recount of that era or for that matter taking sides but it gives human touch to the sufferings of the people caught in a dreaded atmosphere of fear.They sit in a bogie with the train's guard, his colleagues and two other young Sikh passengers.
The ensuing silence heightens the fear and discomfort between every player in the scene.
It is beautiful to watch direction so deliberate and poised in an Indian film.
Later, in the second storyline, which is about Khalistani separatists and the Indian security forces visiting a Punjabi household within a span of 12 hours and turning the already paranoid home upside down, there are scenes of the central character Joginder (Shavinder Vicky) staying up at night, listening to their dog bark, thinking to himself about what direction he should take when he and his family are being pressurised from all sides. There are highly detailed shots of clouds gathering in the sky and Punjab's harey-bharey khet slowly getting dark.
Unless such films are being widely watched and supported, Indian cinema cannot grow.
Richa Chadda-starrer Masaan and Gurvinder Singh's Punjabi film Chauthi Koot will represent India's challenge at the prestigious Cannes International Film Festival this year.
Will he develop a pan-Indian audience over time though? The Indian film scene is audience and box office-driven.