Mozez Singh bagged the coveted Rising Director Asia Star award at the ongoing 20th Busan International Film Festival for his debut film as director. Mozez became the first Bollywood director to win the trophy.
Zubaan, starring Masaan's Vicky Kaushal, is a coming-of-age musical drama produced by Sikhya Entertainment & Metamozez Entertainment. Zubaan was also the opening film at the 10-day festival, which began on October 1.
Co-produced by Guneet Monga (who also produced The Lunchbox), Zubaan was the second Indian film to open the prestigious festival after Bengali movie The Wrestlers, which raised the curtains on its fifth edition.(Also Read: Indian Film Zubaan to Open Embattled Busan Film Festival)
The inspiring film also received wonderful response at the on-going film festival. Mozez called his win "surreal" and said he is happy with the response his movie has got at the international platform.
"The whole Busan experience has been tremendous. From being the opening film and having our world premiere in such a fabulous way to winning the Rising Director award, all of it is so surreal and exciting but most of all, it feels very rewarding to know that people are loving Zubaan and that's all that really matters," he said in a statement.
Zubaan also stars Sarah-Jane Dias in lead role.