Mumbai, Nov 1 (IANS) Southern superstars Daggubati Venkatesh and Rana Daggubati flew down from Hyderabad for the screening of Raam Reddy’s Kannada film “Thithi”, which had its Asian premiere at the 17th Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival.
After winning top two awards at the Locarno Film Festival, “Thithi” made its Asian premiere at the ongoing film festival on Saturday evening.
Venkatesh and Rana especially came down here to attend the film’s screening here.
“It’s a very exciting movie. This is the kind of cinema that we always want to watch but we don’t get to as much. The makers are very honest. There’s a great story behind the film itself,” Rana said post the screening.
“They are all real characters – no one’s a film actor, the film is so real, yet so moving, yet so funny. It’s a classic blend of an art film told in the most funniest commercial format. I enjoyed it very much,” he added.
Praising the film, Venkatesh said: “I really enjoyed ‘Thithi’. Raam has taken the interesting subject of a death ceremony and made a nice dramatic comedy. He has got some newcomers who have not been in front of the camera, and has shot the film really well.”
Dadasaheb Phalke Award winning filmmaker Adoor Gopalakrishnan, Oscar-winner Resul Pukootty, “Titli” director Kanu Behl, “Killa” director Avinash Arun and Sayani Gupta also attended the screening along with Pratap Reddy, the film’s primary producer, co-writer Eregowda, and Sunmin Park, the film’s internationally acclaimed producer from Maxmedia in Los Angeles.
“Thithi” is the only Indian feature to be selected in the International Category at MAMI.