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God On The Balcony, The Great Indian Kitchen, Soorarai Pottru to be screened at 24th Shanghai festival

The Indian films will be showcased in the Panorama section of the Chinese festival which is being held from 11–20 June.

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The Assamese film God On The Balcony, Malayalam film The Great Indian Kitchen (2021) and Tamil film Soorarai Pottru (2020) have all been selected for the Panorama section of the upcoming Shanghai International Film Festival, being held from 11–20 June.

Bengali film Avijatrik, directed by Subhrajit Mitra, will also be playing in the same category as the films named above. The upcoming feature stars Arjun Chakraborty as Apu. Incidentally, the festival will also screen a 4K restoration of Satyajit Ray’s Apu trilogy to commemorate the filmmaker's birth centenary.

Other Indian films like Mangesh Joshi's Karkhanisanchi Waari, Ivan Ayr's Meel Patthar (2021), PS Vinothraj's Koozhangal, and Pushpendra Singh's Laila Aur Satt Geet will also be shown at Shanghai, albeit in the international highlights section titled Viva La Festival.

Jeo Baby’s The Great Indian Kitchen, starring Nimisha Sajayan and Suraj Venjaramoodu, and Sudha Kongara’s Soorarai Pottru starring Suriya have enjoyed great acclaim since they were released online.

Besides Shanghai, Biswajeet Bora’s God On The Balcony will also been screened at the 21st New York Indian Film Festival (NYIFF), being held virtually from 4–15 June because of the COVID-19 restrictions. Bora won the Best Director award in the Indian Language Films category at the 24th Kolkata International Film Festival.

God On The Balcony, starring Harish Khanna, Pranami Bora, and Porinandhi Jima Sultana, is based on the real story of an Odisha man, Dana Majhi, who travelled nearly 10km carrying his wife's corpse as he had no money for any kind of transport. Produced by Noorul Sultan, the film is due to be released in October.

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