India has a dream run with eight feature films including My Name Is Khan, Peepli Live and Manthan at the ongoing Berlin International Film Festival.
In its 60th anniversary, the festival has selected a wide range of Indian Bollywood and arthouse films in several languages. They are represented across different festival sections.
There are also Indian films in the European Film Market that runs parallel to the Berlinale. No wonder there are nearly a 100 Indians at the festival.
The eight features include Karan Johar’s My Name is Khan, Dev Benegal’s Road, Movie, Anusha Rizvi’s Peepli Live, Laxmikant Shetgaonkar’s Paltadacho Munis (Man Beyond the Bridge, Konkani), Umesh Kulkarni’s Vihir (the Well, Marathi), Kaushik Ganguly’s Arekti Premer Golpo (Just Another Love Story, Bengali), Shyam Benegal’s Manthan, Satyajit Ray’s Charulata and Madhusree Dutta and team’s Cinema City.
Moreover, Indian film director Sridhar Rangayan is on the Teddy Queer Film Award Jury, which honours the best festival films in the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) context.
My Name Is Khan got a thunderous reception here. Dev Benegal’s Road, Movie opened the Generation 14-plus section for young adults.
“I am thrilled that my film is in Berlin — I’m living the dream. But it is also historic, as it is the first Indian film to be picked up for international distribution by Fortissimo Films,” Benegal told IANS.