Shahrukh Khan’s mini-series Ahamaq which is not widely known is turned into a film and will be screened at the Jio MAMI 18th Mumbai Film Festival.
The series is directed by Mani Kaul. It was first released on television as a four episode series on Doordarshan in 1991.
The series was also screened at the New York Film Festival in 1992. However, Ahamaq never gained a commercial release.
Ahamaq is based on the novel The Idiot by Fyodor Dostoevsky. It will be screened under ‘The New Medium’ segment of the MAMI Film Festival. Shaina Anand would be the segment curator.
Shahrukh announces the news on Twitter
— Shah Rukh Khan (@iamsrk) October 12, 2016
The series is unedited; it is remained as before. The four parts of the series would be shown back to back in the form of a four hours film.
Key members of the original cast and crew of the series would be present at the event in order to discuss the film including actress Meeta Vasisht and cinematographer Piyush Shah along with the director Mani Kaul.
Vitaliy Tkachuk Quartet from Ukraine will be performing live for the film.
Festival Chairperson of the Jio MAMI 18th Mumbai Film Festival, Kiran Rao said,
“We are truly excited to present this new section – my personal favourite section – which showcases some of the more bold and seminal experiments in filmmaking. I hope film lovers will take this opportunity to experience works like the newly restored Man with a Movie Camera accompanied by live music, and Lav Diaz’ ‘Evolution of a Filipino Family’, among others.”
The New Medium section would cleanse the cinematic history of India right from its inception to the contemporary period. The section will feature the best of innovative films till date.
A few titles amongst the 14 that would be showcased during the festival include Uday Shankar’s Kalpana (1948) reinstituted by the World Cinema Foundation and the Light Music (1975) by Lis Rhodes.
The festival takes place between 20 to 27 October.