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Prashant Nair's Tryst With Destiny to premiere at Tribeca Film Festival


The Indo-French co-production, backed by Drishyam Films, will compete in the international narrative section.

Ashish Vidyarthi and Suhasini Maniratnam

Sonal Pandya

Prashant Nair's Tryst With Destiny has been selected as the only Indian film at the upcoming Tribeca Film Festival. The Indo-French co-production, backed by Drishyam Films, will compete in the international narrative section.

Co-producer Manish Mundra announced the news on Twitter after the official selection was made. The first poster shared of the film shows a smouldering field with a smoky outline of the map of India. The title, of course, refers to late prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru's speech on the eve of India's Independence, at midnight on 14 August 1947.

Written and directed by Nair, the film stars Ashish Vidyarthi, Suhasini Maniratnam, Viineet Kumar, Kani Kusruti, Jaideep Ahlawat, and Palomi Ghosh. The drama, which is in English, Hindi, and Telugu, will take a look at class in contemporary India.

The synopsis on the American film festival's website states, "A billionaire learns there is something money can’t buy, a lower-caste couple attempts to build a new life, and a corrupt city cop finds himself far outside of the law."

Nair's previous film, Umrika (2016), starring Suraj Sharma, was also produced by Drishyam Films.

Tryst With Destiny will compete in the categories of Best Narrative Feature, Best Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Actor, and Best Actress against nine other films from countries like Israel and Chile. The Tribeca Film Festival will screen 114 films from over 30 different countries.

The New York festival, which received a record 10,397 total submissions across all categories, will be held from 15 to 26 April.

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