Bhumi will soon be seen in Aanand L Rai's next film, Manmarziyaan. The film also stars Ayushmann Khurrana and Masaan actor Vicky Kaushal. "I am excited to share screen space with Ayushmann and Vicky. I think they are an amazing team to work with," said Bhumi
Non-commercial films such as Masaan and Talvar also won accolades. Richa Chadha won the Editor's Choice Performer of the Year award for Masaan while Irrfan Khan received the same award for Piku. Meghna Gulzar, who made Talvar, received the Filmmaker of the Year award
"Masaan is a very special film for me. I would love to show it to Francis Ford Coppola, because it was truly world cinema," said Richa Chadha, who will be on jury panel of 15th edition of the Marrakech International Film Festival along with Mr Coppola. "I'm really looking forward to the film festival"
"Masaan gave me more than what I expected. It's hard to find someone who disliked the film. Even all the reviews have been mostly positive and very good. We are now looking to release the film in US and UK and a few other European countries," said director Neeraj Ghaywan
"There is a great amount of acceptance in the audiences now. Films like Talvar, Killa and Masaan have done well despite not being mainstream. They have received great response. I think it is a very good time to release a film like Chauranga because the audience is opening to stories like these," said Onir
"When I write a script, I always have that censor board guy standing over my shoulder in my mind as a thought, whether the 'censor board will clear it or not'. That blocks creativity and that is a big problem. But with the censor board being so brutal right now, we have to think of other creative ways to express, which is giving another route to creativity, Varun Grover said
The story of Masaan revolves around four lives which intersect along the ghats of the Ganga in Benares. A low-caste boy falling hopelessly in love; a daughter ridden with guilt of a sexual encounter ending in a tragedy; a hapless father with fading morality
Shekhar Kapur had attended the screening of Masaan with actors Shweta Tripathi, Vicky Kaushal and director Neeraj Ghaywan. On Twitter he wrote: "A new wave in Indian cinema is back forcefully with films like #masaan. Deeply heartfelt story and performances"
"It was great fun to host Elijah Wood, who is super humble, down to earth and very keen to know more about India. We had a blast. I am happy that my guest had a good time as well," Guneet Monga, who has co-produced films like The Lunchbox and Masaan, said. The international star is currently on a debut visit to India with Zach Cowie.
All three films, which have been produced by Drishyam Films, will be showcased at the international film festival, under different sections
"I didn't even know how to stand properly. I realised that for pictures, you need to stand in a particular way. I was so grateful that I had Richa who was so supportive"
Richa Chadha has played strong women characters in most of her films like Gangs of Wasseypur, Fukrey and her recent film Masaan