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Majid Majidi's next Indian film to be set in Bengal


The internationally acclaimed director was seen enjoying his visit to the city of joy as he relished Bengali cuisine in the company of director and actor Goutam Ghose.

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Roushni Sarkar

Iranian filmmaker Majid Majidi’s first Indian film, Beyond The Clouds, starring Ishaan Khatter and Malavika Mohanan, is based on the bond between two siblings from the slums of Mumbai.

The director reportedly had a great experience shooting the film in India, except for minor communication barriers. In an interview with Calcutta Times, a daily supplement of the Times of India, Majidi said that his next venture will be set in Bengal.

Cinestaan.com had reported in November 2018 that Majidi's next film would also be set in India.

The internationally acclaimed director was seen enjoying his visit to the city of joy as he relished Bengali cuisine in the company of director and actor Goutam Ghose, who also will play an important role in the film.

Majidi spoke at length on late filmmaker Satyajit Ray and his works, which is said was one of the primary inspirations that lead him to the world of cinema.

For him, Ray’s films were nothing less than magic. “I was very young in those days. When I saw those films, I had not ventured into filmmaking yet. Seeing them was an experience in itself and I was like, how realistic can you be with your camera!

"I loved his realistic way of filmmaking, it was as if the camera was placed there and it was just recording everything that was happening in front of it. I wanted to learn how to do that. He could capture reality, yet there was acting and some drama in the story,” Majidi explained.

He also spoke on Indian cinema's inclination towards commercial successes, and pointed at the lack of content and international approach. “There should be a parallel cinema industry, which can show social issues and cater to the international audience. If such films are successful in the international market, they will have a good box office as well,” he said.

Majidi suggested that contribution and active support from the government can only bring a change in this regard. Beyond The Clouds is all set to hit the screens on 20 April.