‘Masaan’ shows true nature of Benaras: Richa Chadha

Mumbai, July 11 (IANS) Actress Richa Chadha, who plays the main protagonist in the internationally lauded emotional drama “Masaan”, says the film “shows the true nature of Benares.”

“‘Masaan’ doesn’t show any new avatar of Benaras. It shows the real, true nature of Benaras. We just surrendered ourselves to this city and then it actually accepted us.” said Richa during a promotional event at Red FM Studio here.

“Masaan”, which won two FIPRESCI Awards at Cannes earlier in May, is currently making its promotional progress in India, and Richa says she wants the film to be “well-received and appreciated” in the country.

“We want our internationally award winning film to be well-received and appreciated in India and I want everyone to watch this movie. It is a very good and positive film,” said the 26-year-old.

Though “Masaan” will hit Indian screens only on July 24, a Cannes-cut version of the movie was screened at the sixth edition of Jagran Film Festival in New Delhi earlier this month, and elicited a positive response.

The film’s story revolves around four lives which intersect along the Ganges: a low-caste boy falling hopelessly in love, a daughter ridden with guilt of a sexual encounter ending in a tragedy, a hapless father with fading morality, and a spirited child yearning for a family, long to escape the moral constructs of a small-town.

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