The one actor whole stole the thunder in Padmaavat and got accolades from the public is Jim Sarbh. After watching Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s magnum opus Padmaavat, one thing that would go home with you is Jim’s character. He played the role of Malik Kafur, a slave of Alauddin Khilji, who falls in love with the Sultan. The brilliant actor very passionately conveyed the pain of unrequited love in the film.
Fresh from the success of Padmaavat, Jim was at the International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) for his new movie “Jonaki”. He lauded its director Aditya Vikram Sengupta for taking a risk a few would take. Aditya Vikram Sengupta made his debut with Bengali film Labour of love (Asha Jaoar Majhe).Yet again he is here with his next project Jonaki, which is inspired by his grandmother. The film will feature Lolita Chatterjee, Jim Sarbh, and Ratnabali Bhattacharjee.
“Jonaki” is a tale of an 80-year-old woman who searches for love in a strange world of decaying memories, while her lover, now old and grey, returns to a world she is leaving behind. Jim said in a statement: “The Rotterdam Film Festival really makes you feel like part of a film family. I was so glad I got to be there and I got to see the world premiere of Aditya’s beautiful dreamscape film. “I am glad that he is out there taking risks making films that other people would be too afraid to, developing a new modern Indian art language of cinema.”
Sengupta’s “Jonaki” had four screenings as part of IFFR’s Bright Future Section, which has been running since January 24. Produced by Magic Hour Films, For Films and Catherine Dussart Productions, it received a standing ovation at the festival, followed by a question and answer session. Sengupta said: “IFFR upholds auteur cinema and there could not have been a better place for us to premiere ‘Jonaki’. The audiences here are amazingly receptive and inquisitive, which made it even more special for ‘Jonaki’ to have its premiere at IFFR 2018. Audiences here do not only come to be entertained by cinema but to experience it.”
It was a sold out premiere, said Samir Sarkar, Magic Hour Films, the film’s principal producer.
-With IANS inputs