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Shah Rukh Khan’s lesser known mini series-turned-film Ahamaq which was never commercially released will be screened at the 18th edition of the Mumbai Film Festival.
Directed by Mani Kaul, the film was first released as a four-part TV mini-series on Doordarshan in 1991.
Later in 1992, the film was screened at the New York Film Festival.
Ahamaq, which was based on Russian writer Fyodor Dostoevsky’s novel The Idiot, will be screened under the new programme of the film festival, called, ‘The New Medium’.
The segment will be curated by artist Shaina Anand. The unedited mini-series will be presented back to back as a four-hour film.
Khan in the early part of his career only concentrated on television thinking that he was not good enough for films.His first starring role was in Lekh Tandon’s television series Dil Dariya, which began shooting in 1988, but production delays led to the 1989 series Fauji becoming his television debut instead.
In the series, which depicted a realistic look at the training of army cadets, he played the leading role of Abhimanyu Rai. This led to further appearances in Aziz Mirza’s television series Circus (1989–90) and Mani Kaul’s miniseries Idiot (Ahamaq) (1991).
Khan also played minor parts in the serials Umeed (1989) and Wagle Ki Duniya (1988–90), and in the English-language television film In Which Annie Gives It Those Ones (1989). His appearances in these serials led critics to compare his look and acting style with those of the film actor Dilip Kumar, but Khan was not interested in film acting at the time, thinking that he was not good enough, His film debut was in Deewana which was released in June 1992.
To discuss Ahamaq and how it was to work with Kaul, key members of the original cast and crew including actor Meeta Vasisht and cinematographer Piyush Shah among others will also be present.
The film will be accompanied by a live score performed by the Vitaly Tkachuk Quartet from Ukraine. “We are truly excited to present this new section – my personal favourite section – which showcases some of the more bold and seminal experiments in filmmaking. I hope film lovers will take this opportunity to experience works like the newly-restored ‘Man with a Movie Camera’ accompanied by live music, and Lav Diaz’ ‘Evolution of a Filipino Family’, among others,” said Kiran Rao, Festival Chairperson, Jio MAMI 18th Mumbai Film Festival.
The section will feature the best in innovative film-making by scouring the living history of cinema – from its inception to the contemporary moment.
Among the 14 titles that will screen throughout the festival, some of them include Uday Shankar’s Kalpana (1948) restored by the World Cinema Foundation and an iconic work of expanded cinema – the two-screen Light Music (1975) by Lis Rhodes that will be installed inside the cinema hall. These films will be screened throughout the festival, between October 20 to 27. – CINEWS