Following a hurried crowd funding campaign recently organized by the MAMI, the Mumbai Film Festival has successfully avoided falling short of the budget necessary to open its 2014 edition, bound to take place from October 14 to 21. The support of the festival's friends but also that of the Indian film industry played a pivotal role in recovering the odds of enjoying one of the city's flagship events.
The proof is in the opening of seat reservations at the MFF official website to enjoy the refined and eclectic selection of films screened in cinemas across Mumbai from more than 65 countries. Events and celebrities present for the festival (Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Catherine Deneuve, Helen, Kalki Koechlin, Deepika Padukone, Akshay Kumar, Imran Khan and Ranbir Kapoor among others) are also testimony to the relevance and influence of the festival.
Among the highly promising or already internationally acclaimed Indian films featured in the festival, the Hindi Cinema Blog recommends watching out for the following 10 films to experience a representative portrayal of current trends in Indian cinema:
1 The Fort (Killa) by Avinash Arun
2 Coffee Bloom by Manu Warrier
3 The Master Shyam Benegal by Khalid Mohammed
4 Buddha In a Traffic Jam by Vivek Agnihotri
5 Amar Akbar & Tony by Atul Malhotra
6 Amma & Appa by Franziska Schönenberger, Jayakrishnan Subramanian
7 Banished (Nirbashito) by Churni Ganguly
8 Honeycomb Lodge by Lesley Manning
9 Perariyathavar by Dr. Biju
10 Echoes by Rajesh Shera