Three Indian movies will travel to the Tokyo International Film Festival in October. These include Mani Ratnam’s O Kadhal Kanmani starring Nitya Menen and Dulquer Salmaan, Irrfan Khan-produced Kaash and Umesh Aggarwal’s Jai Ho.
To be part of the World Focus section, O Kadhal Kanmani will have its Japanese premier in Tokyo.
Ratnam’s work is an unconventional tale of romance mapped out in Mumbai, and weaves its lyrical tale through the fabric of the city’s drastically bipolar persona. Set against the backdrop of Mumbai, the city that never sleeps, the movie is contemporary, young, vibrant and colourful, much like the metropolis, capturing its many moods and faces. The film deals with today’s youth, their attitude towards man-woman relationship -- all set against the older values of tradition and marriage. It delves deep into the psyche of this generation.
The second movie, Kaash (If Only), is in Hindi and English. Directed by Mira Nair’s nephew, Ishaan Nair, and produced by Irrfan Khan, it stars Kalki Koechlin as a French traveller.
Ishaan Nair’s debut film explores the endless heartbreaking possibilities of chance in urban India. Frustrated with his troubled relationship, Aadil - a dreamy young photographer -- sets off to meet a girl he has been corresponding with over the internet. Far from the urban dystopia of Mumbai, he falls into Khushali’s simple world of earthly delights. In her, he finds the strains of Samira, his former love. Tormented between the past and the present, Kaash is the beautifully crafted journey of a boy exploring love, himself, and the endless possibilities that life affords.
Umesh Aggarwal’s Jai Ho is on the Mozart of Madras, AR Rahman. Aggarwal will explore the evolution of Rahman’s style -- a fusion of eastern sensibilities and western technology. However, it will not be a biopic. The man who has till date given 120 film scores, Rahman won an Oscar for Best Original Music Score in Danny Boyle’s Slumdog Millionaire.
The festival runs from October 21 to 31.