MUMBAI: Deb Medhekar’s directorial Bioscopewala is the only Indian film in competition under the Asian Future section at the 30th Tokyo International Film Festival.
Bioscopewala will have its world premiere at the prestigious film festival, which will be held from October 25 to November 3.
The film is a modern retelling of Rabindranath Tagore’s classic short story Kabuliwala.
When a famous photographer goes missing on a plane to Kabul, his daughter flies back to India to try and understand why he was going there. Pieces begin falling together as an old Afghan bioscopewala is released from prison and brought home.
The film follows a series of characters as they help piece the puzzle of the bioscopewala, who once ran a cinema hall out of his backyard in a remote Afghan village, together — helping the young girl to make peace with her own past.
“Remaking a classic warrants a change in perspective, relooking at the social mores, at interpersonal relationships as they stand today. For me Kabuliwala was a classic story restricted to school textbooks.
“Through Bioscopewala, I wanted to embark with my audience on a journey to rediscover who he was – what his travails meant – what the essential, innocent core was, that time had managed to make distant,” Medhekar said in a statement.
“The travel from Kabuliwala to Bioscopewala also afforded a huge opportunity to pay tribute to cinema itself.”