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Gurvinder Singh’s ‘Khanaur’ heads for Busan, Jio MAMI fests

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Mumbai, Oct 1 (IANS) National award-winning filmmaker Gurvinder Singhs new feature film “Khanaur” will have its world premiere at the 24th edition of the Busan International Film Festival (BIFF).

The film is also nominated for Kim Jiseok Award.

“Kanaur” will also have its Indian premiere at the upcoming Jio MAMI 21st Mumbai Film Festival with Star 2019.

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Made in Pahari, Hindi and English language, “Khanaur” looks at the aspirations, fears and insecurities of living in the present times through its protagonist, Kishan, who works in a café. Witnessing the fast-changing life around him, he has to make a choice: whether to live a predictable life in his remote Himalayan village or migrate to the city.

The film features Kishan Katwal who works in the cafe run by the filmmaker in Bir as protagonist alongwith his family members Pawan Katwa, Rani Devi, Bhankher Devi, Gopi Katwal and Monisha Mukundan as a cafe owner.

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Talking about the film, Gurvinder Singh said: “‘Khanaur’ is the vernacular word for a Himalayan variety of bitter chestnut, which the villagers believe is cursed, but made edible by washing regularly for seven straight days. It stands as a metaphor for the beauty of the region and its people and their immediate contact with the environment, yet the immense hardships of such a life.”

Gurvinder Singh’s past efforts as “Anhe Ghode Da Daan” and “Chauthi Koot” have won wide acclaim in Indian and abroad.

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