Manoj Bajpayee's ‘Gali Guleiyan’ on a Film Festival Journeyby Yash Saboo June 25 2018, 2:14 am Estimated Reading Time: 2 mins, 40 secs
Manoj Bajpayee‘s Hindi psychological drama – Gali Guleiyan (In the Shadows) is on a film festival journey and boy, does the film continues its film festival journey in style. In the following 3 weeks, the Gali Guleiyan will be screened at 3 prestigious festivals: London Indian Film Festival, the Munich International Film Festival and the Indian Film Festival of Stuttgart.
Gali Guleiyan takes place in the walled city of Old Delhi. Khuddoos (Manoj Bajpayee), a lonely man who obsessively watches people through his hidden cameras begins a search for a boy he hears getting beaten up through the walls of his house. The obsession to find the boy taking over the man and the boy's condition going from bad to worse, the man starts to lose grip of time and reality. The story is of a man trapped within the walls of an old city and his attempts to break free and to find a human connection.
Source: Bollywood Bee
Earlier this May, Bajpayee won the Best Actor Award at the New York Film Festival for his awe-striking performance. Mid-Day reports that the film has now travelled to more than 18 top International Film Festivals and won audience accolades and awards along the way. These include recent screenings at the prestigious 42nd Cleveland International Film Festival, the Indian Film Festival of Los Angles, Atlanta Film Festival and the New York Indian Film Festival.
Gali Guleiyan had a spectacular 2017. It is not often that a film can boast of a simultaneous premiere at three prestigious International Film Festivals - Busan International Film Festival, Chicago International Film Festival and Mumbai's MAMI and, go on to win the Grand Jury award at the latter. Yet, Gali Guleiyan did that last year!
It’s not just the extraordinary cast that is being praised, the film also boasts of some of the best technicians. Many Oscar, Emmy and Grammy-winning/nominated artists have worked on the film that was completed at top Hollywood facilities like Fox studios, Light Iron and Skywalker Sound. The post-production took place in Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco.
Earlier, talking about the film, the award winning director of Gali Guleiyan, Dipesh Jain had said, "When Shuchi (my sister and producer) and I started this journey of making Gali Guleiyan, we felt that it was a bold and risky story, especially for a debut film. But it's a story very close to our heart and takes you into the depths of human mind and emotions. In many ways, it is an ode to my growing up years in the alleys of Old Delhi- to my personal fears and a feeling of entrapment that I had experienced as a child. I have been extremely blessed to have an ensemble cast of brilliant actors each of whom has breathed life into the characters they play with such élan! To ensure the best look and feel for our audience, we have ensured that top of the line technicians worked on it. Currently, in a successful Festival run, we are now looking forward to its theatrical release worldwide soon."
All this makes everyone look forward to the Indian and worldwide theatrical release of this critically praised film.