The films selected for competition in the India Gold category at the upcoming Mumbai Film Festival were announced by the Mumbai Academy of Moving Images on Monday.
The festival will be held between October 25 and November 1. The Indian films in the competitive category are Ridham Janve’s Pahari-language The Gold-Laden Sheep And The Sacred Mountain, Aadish Keluskar’s Jaoon Kahan Bata Ae Dil and Vinit Chandrasekharan’s Bodhi.
The line-up includes National Film Award-winning director Rima Das’s third feature Bulbul Can Sing, Thithi writer Ere Gowda’s directorial debut Balekempa and Rahul Riji Nair’s Kerala State Award-winning Malayalam film Light In The Room.
Das’s film is a coming-of age-story about an Assamese teenager, while Gowda’s Kannada drama traces the relationship between a bangle-seller and his wife. Light In The Room is about a young bride who moves into an isolated single-roof house with her abusive husband.
Also in the competition are Kabir Singh Chowdhry’s Mehsampur, a quasi-documentary on Punjabi folk singer Amar Singh Chamkila, Aditya Vikram Sengupta’s Lolita Chatterjee-starrer Jonaki and Ivan Ayr’s Soni. Jonaki traces the life of an 80-year-old woman and her memories, while Soni, which was premiered at the Venice Film Festival in September, explores the experiences of two women in the Delhi police force.