August 07, 2012 12:08 IST
Director Gurvinder Singh's debut project Anhe Ghore Da Daan, which is based on the plight of Indian farmers, which won three National Awards last year, is all set to release.
The movie has been screened at various international film festivals and has also received NFDC's active support. The filmamaker has dedicated the film to the late auteur Mani Kaul.
Gurvinder Singh feels that with the rising multiplexes, smaller theatres are becoming more and more obsolete. "For films such as ours, we need an alternate pattern of film distribution. In Europe and America, they have a parallel setup for non-mainstream cinema," he says.
The reason why it took so long to release is because the film had been travelling across the globe, being screened in various cities. However, the director of the film thinks that bagging the National Award was a great fillip.
On why the project is dedicated to the memory of Mani Kaul, Gurvinder Singh highlighted the fact that the late filmmaker was his mentor as well as the creative producer of the film.
He further added, "Just two months after his passing away, Anhe Ghore Da Daan became the first Punjabi film to be showcased at Venice Film Festival. His loss shall always be felt, so the dedication is but natural."
Nina Lath Gupta of NFDC points out that the language is immaterial when the story is universal.
"This film portrays the problems faced by Indian farmers as well as the landlords in the outskirts of Punjab. But the conditions could well be the same in any other state. It resonates with our current situation," she said.