The film, which marks Neeraj Ghaywan's debut as a director, revolves around four lives which intersect along the ghats of the Ganges in Varanasi - a low-caste boy falling hopelessly in love; a daughter ridden with the guilt of a sexual encounter ending in a tragedy, a hapless father with fading morality, and a spirited child yearning for a family, longing to escape the moral constructs of a small town.
Ms Nasreen tweeted:
I didn't have high hopes about Hindi movies as most of them were musical melodrama. But 'Masaan' made me speechless. I salute Neeraj Ghaywan? taslima nasreen (@taslimanasreen) August 1, 2015
The "overwhelmed" director replied saying:
Overwhelmed! Thank you so much! https://t.co/nqRT9QB6GI— Neeraj Ghaywan (@ghaywan) August 2, 2015
The film, which stars Richa Chadha, Sanjay Mishra, Shweta Tripathi and Vicky Kaushal, won two awards at the 68th Cannes International Film Festival. It bagged the Promising Future Prize and the International Federation of Film Critics (Fipresci) Award at the prestigious fest.
Produced jointly by Drishyam Films, Phantom Films, Macassar Productions and Sikhya Entertainment, Masaan hit the Indian screens on July 24.