Mumbai, Sep 15 (IANS) Veteran director Shyam Benegal's latest offering 'Welcome to Sajjanpur' is set to be screened at the forthcoming London Film Festival (LFF), a UTV official said.
The movie will be screened in the competition section on World Cinema at the fortnight-long festival starting Oct 15, he added. A UTV Spotboy presentation, the LFF screening will also mark the movie's Britain and European premiere. The film is being released in India Sep 19.
A comedy, 'Welcome to Sajjanpur' is a satirical take on the reality of the contemporary rural India, especially on the government's much-vaunted literacy drive. Shreyal Talpade, Ravi Kishen, Divya Dutta and Amrita Rao essay the key roles in the movie.
Benegal, who is better known for his thought-provoking serious movies, takes a detour and tells a light-hearted delightful tale in the movie. He recently said he was inspired to make the movie by a unit hand, a light man of his own production unit.
'Some time back the light man, who had never gone to school, got married to a girl who has some education. Since she lives in a village in UP and he in Mumbai, he would ask others to write letters on his behalf to his wife. That inspired me to weave a story around his new-found life,' Benegal said.
Commenting on the movie, UTV Spotboy's Chief Operating Officer Vikas Bahl said: 'It is the master director's story-telling which is the highlight of the venture. It is at once poignant and hilarious.'
Some other Indian movies which are expected to make a mark in the festival include Nadita Das' 'Firaaq', Santosh Sivan's 'Tahaan', Ketan Mehta's 'Colours of Passion' and Shashank Ghosh's 'Quick Gun Murgan'.