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Tannishtha Chatterjee's Roam Rome Mein has its world premiere at Busan

The film, starring Nawazuddin Siddiqui, was screened yesterday, 3 October, at the prestigious festival in South Korea.

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Tannishtha Chatterjee presented her first film as writer-director, Roam Rome Mein, at the 24th Busan International Film Festival. The actress-turned-director walked the red carpet in a black and gold Amy Billimoria gown as she attended the world premiere.

Talking about her association with the Korean festival, Chatterjee said, "Nawaz and I had Dekh Indian Circus (2011) in Busan in the past. Courtesy this film, the two of us received a National award. In the last few years, I have had many films premiered and screened at Busan as an actor, but each time something came up and I was unable to attend the festival. So, this is a very special moment where I am showcasing the world premiere of my debut film at a festival which I have always wanted to be a part of. I enjoy both Korean cinema and cuisine and am thrilled to premiere the film in Busan."

While Chatterjee worked with Siddiqui on an international project, the two discussed collaborating on something they both agreed on. "When we were shooting for Lion (2017), Nawaz and I mutually expressed the thought of exploring avenues of working on a project together pertaining to a genre that the two us would enjoy watching as audience. That’s how Roam Rome Mein started ideating in my mind. Then Ravi Walia came on board as a producer and Ridhima Lulla from Eros loved the concept," she said.

Earlier, Nawazuddin Siddiqui said in a statement, "It is definitely a happy moment for us that our film's world premiere is to be held at the prestigious Busan International Film Festival. It was an absolute pleasure working on this film and shooting in the charming city of Rome."

Roam Rome Mein, produced by Ravi Walia of Rising Star Entertainment and Eros International, is a psychological drama where Siddiqui plays an older brother who goes in search of his missing sister in the Italian capital. It has been called "a feminist film with a male protagonist".  

Besides Siddiqui, the film stars Chatterjee herself, Valentina Corti, Isha Talwar, Francesco Apolloni, Urbano Barberini, Pamela Villoresi and Andrea Scarduzio. The sound design is by four-time National award-winner Bishwadeep Chatterjee while Sunita Radia was the cinematographer. The music has been scored by Alokananda Dasgupta. The film's Italian crew includes costume designer Ginevra Polvarelli and casting director Cristina Puccinelli.

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