First Punjabi film to premiere at Cannes moves Sonam to tears

Director Gurvinder Singh during the shooting of the film.

Director Gurvinder Singh during the shooting of the film.

Neerja actress Sonam Kapoor has praised “Chauthi Koot”, (The Fourth Direction), the first Punjabi language film which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 2015. She also called the director Gurvinder Singh a “true hero”.

Kapoor was among many Bollywood celebrities and film enthusiasts who attended a special screening of the National Film Award-winning movie on August 1 in Mumbai. “I am really moved by Chauthi Koot,” said Kapoor, who couldn’t hold back tears after watching the film, which will release in select cinemas across India on August 5.

“It is an exquisite film and very, very special. I hope a lot of people get to see the film. I loved the film,” she said. “It is about extreme emotions, it is about silence, it is about pain, it is about love, it is about loyalty, it is about angst.”

Set during the Sikh separatist movement during the 1980s, “Chauthi Koot” has been adapted from two stories written by Waryam Singh Sandhu called “Chauthi Koot” and “Hun Main Theek Haan”. The film was shot mostly around Amritsar and Ferozepur in Punjab. The screening, hosted by filmmaker and actor Anand Gandhi, was also attended by Rahul Bose, Nandita Das, Vicky Kaushal, Shweta Tripathi, Naveen Kasturia, Navdeep Singh, and Sudhir Mishra. Producer Kartikeya Narayan Singh and director Gurvinder Singh were also present.

Among other accolades, the film was screened in over 13 international and Indian film festivals and won the best film award in the India Gold section at MAMI, 2015 along with the 2016 National Award for the best feature in the Punjabi language. “I am a Punjabi guy and my family belongs to small village like it is shown in the film, in Punjab,” said Kaushal. “I have heard a lot of stories from my mother and father about the tensed atmosphere back in 1984.”

Chauthi Koot is the first Punjabi film to have had its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival 2015, where it was screened in the Un Certain Regard section and got a standing ovation.  Among other accolades, the film won the best film award in the India Gold section at MAMI 2015 and bagged the National Film Award 2016 for the best feature in Punjabi language. – CINEWS

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