Adil Hussain's Mukti Bhawan opens Dharamsala film festival

Other films screening at the festival include,Newton, Turup (Checkmate),What Will People Say, Ajji and Heidi.


With a picturesque venue between the lush green mountains of McLeodganj in Himachal Pradesh, the 6th edition of Dharamshala International Film Festival (DIFF) opened with the critically-acclaimed actor Adil Hussain's Mukti Bhawan to a full house.

Taking place at Tibetan Children's Village, cinema lovers hailing from Himachal Pradesh, different parts of India and some from different parts of the globe, flocked to watch the opening film directed by National Award winner Shubhashish Bhutiani with Hussain present at Hermann Gmeiner auditorium, on Thursday, 2 November.

Hussain also introduced the audience to Barry John, a well known theatre director and teacher of talents like Hussain, Shah Rukh Khan and Manoj Bajpayee among others, who was sitting among them.

Mukti Bhawan is based on the tale of a 77-year-old man, who wakes up from a strange nightmare convinced that his time is up and that he must go to Varanasi to die and gain salvation.

About his experience on filming for a subject of death, Hussain said: "We have to die at some point no matter who we are or where we are and is the only inevitable fact...Going to Varanasi for the coming was very enlightening for me because I actually walked around the burning bodies. That sort of fortified my belief in death."

The four-day long festival, will also have film screenings at the city's new multiplex with two auditoriums at Gold Cinemas in Lower Dharamsala.

The offbeat film fest is organized by filmmakers Ritu Sarin and Tenzing Sonam.

There will also be a special screening of the critically acclaimed A Death in the Gunj, which will be presented by director Konkona Sensharma.

The line-up also includes two award-winning documentaries — Kirsten Johnson's Cameraperson and Rahul Jain's Machines.

Other films screening at the festival include, Newton, Turup (Checkmate), What Will People Say, Ajji and Heidi.

The festival will end on 5 November with the screening of Rima Das's Village Rockstar.