Kiran Rao hosts special screening of ‘Thithi’

Mumbai, May 29 (IANS) Filmmaker Kiran Rao hosted a special screening of National Award-winning Kannada film “Thithi” helmed by Raam Reddy.

Celebrities Rajkummar Rao, Hansal Mehta, Sayani Gupta, Adil Hussain, Shriya Pilgaonkar, Ram Sampath and Sona Mohapatra attended the screening held on Saturday here.

After a successful run in Karnataka, Reddy’s internationally acclaimed directorial debut will hit theatres across India on June 3 with English subtitles.

Calling the film “extraordinary”, Kiran said in a statement: “It’s so charming and so funny that I was completely absorbed and drawn into this world. I really hope that other people will give this a chance and go and see it because I genuinely believe that it’s a film that everyone should go out and watch.”

Rajkummar lauded the film and said that a person is living the life of the characters from the movie.

“I think it’s the best debut Raam could ever have,” Rajkummar added.

“It’s absolutely delightful. I think it’s seldom you get to see slice of life film of rural India given the language and the textures that are so real, amazingly witty and funny. I’m curious to see how it will work in urban areas,” added actress Nandita Das.

The film’s director is thankful to Rao and everyone from the industry who have supported “Thithi”.

“I am so humbled by their acceptance; their appreciation is deeply encouraging to me and my entire team, and will push us to continue our attempts at creating honest and engaging art,” Reddy added.

“Thithi” bagged two top awards — Pardo d’oro Cineasti Del Presente Premio Nescens (Golden Leopard, Filmmakers of the Present Competition) and Swatch First Feature Award for the best debut feature — at the Locarno International Film Festival where it had its international premiere in 2015.

The film made its Asia premiere at Mumbai Film Festival (MAMI), 2015, and won the Jury Grand Prize in the international competition.

The film recently won the 2016 National Award for Best Feature film in Kannada and also won three awards at the Karnataka State Film Awards 2016 — Best Film, Best Dialogues and Best Supporting Actress.

–IANS

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