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Kanu Behl’s short film Binnu Ka Sapna to be released on MUBI India on 22 December

It will be the first short film to be released on the platform and will remain online for 30 days only.

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Filmmaker Kanu Behl’s award-winning short film, Binnu Ka Sapna, will be available to watch from this weekend. Binnu Ka Sapna becomes the first short film to be released on MUBI India on 22 December. The short will be available online for 30 days after its release date.

Written and directed by Kanu Behl, the short film had its world premiere at the prestigious Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival 2019 where it was the only Indian film in competition. It won the Student Jury prize at the festival and this September was named Best Indian Short Film at the 10th Jagran Film Festival.

The 32-minute narrative short, produced by Terribly Tiny Talkies and Colosceum Media, shows a “harrowing transformation of a victim into an attacker, with society only serving as a catalyst,” according to the press notes. Actor Chetan Sharma makes his debut as the title character, Binnu.

On its release on MUBI India, Behl said in an official release, “Binnu Ka Sapna is a long dreamt, much-cherished dream. I’m elated that it’s found its home at MUBI, and will be available to audiences in India and around the world. We look forward, me together with all its creators, to the wounds it opens and the debate it generates; eager to hear voices.”

Co-producer Lalit Sharma of Colosceum Media added, “We are ecstatic at MUBI's entry into India, more so because of MUBI's India channel. It's a privilege to find our humble attempt at understanding and looking at ourselves as a society, Binnu Ka Sapna finding a place in MUBI's hand-picked India film channel.  We are glad that Binnu Ka Sapna will finally be available for an Indian audience after having its successful festival run.”

Svetlana Naudiyal, director of content for MUBI India, said, “As the first short we are going to show on MUBI India, the film is bold, memorable and makes a powerful statement about how patriarchy runs through generations. Kanu is an incredibly talented filmmaker and we can't wait to show more of his films on MUBI soon.”

An alumnus of the Satyajit Ray Film and TV Institute in Kolkata, Behl co-wrote LSD: Love Sex Aur Dhokha (2010) with Dibakar Banerjee. His first film, Titli (2014), was premiered in the Un Certain Regard section of the Cannes film festival.

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