Emraan Hashmi starrer Harami selected in Busan Film Festival’s prestigious main competition section : Bollywood News

Harami, an Indo- American manufacturing characteristic movie, written and directed by Shyam Madiraju and that includes Emraan Hashmi has formally been selected to be part of the main competition section (New Horizons) of the Busan International Film Festival 2020. One of the 10 movies from 9 nations in the competition, Harami is the one Indian movie to be selected for this 12 months’s main competition. In a 12 months drastically affected by Covid, apart from Venice, Busan is the one different competition that is happening bodily. All 194 movies selected this 12 months for the competition will all be screened bodily in theaters. The competition is from  21 -30 October, 2020.

Emraan Hashmi starrer Harami is the only Indian film selected in Busan Film Festival's prestigious main competition section
Director Shyam Madiraju speaking about Harami moving into main choice at Busan Film Festival mentioned, “As a filmmaker, I’m truly elated that Harami has been invited to be a part of Busan Festival’s main competition section. Korea is the epicenter of the filmmaking universe right now, so it’s an immense honor to be a part of their celebration of cinema this year.”

Talking additional about taking pictures in Mumbai, he mentioned, “Harami, while set in the streets and slums of Mumbai is a universal story of hope and redemption. The film, a labour of love, took me over two years to just scout during numerous visits to India and despite all the monumental challenges we shot live in Victoria Terminus, Bombay Central, and other trains stations, a feat not for the faint-hearted. With crews over 200 including international talent from America, UK, Denmark and South Africa, Harami was a global production set in the slums of Dharavi and crowded streets of Mohamed Ali Road.”

“And the most endearing and cherishing part of this whole journey was working with all the actors in the film. Especially the kids, a majority of them having never acted before, and some actually from Dharavi; it was an experience of a lifetime. But it was Emraan Hashmi playing the role of ‘Sagar Bhai’ a very Dickensian Fegin like character who is a former English teacher turned gang lord who is the real revelation of the film. The role complex and nuanced and unlike anything Emraan had done before, was a true challenge for both Emraan and I,” he mentioned speaking in regards to the forged.

“Having never worked in Bollywood or with Emraan before, all my concerns disappeared when I saw how collaborative and detailed Emraan, a true director’s actor, was with his preparation for the role. We discussed in great detail over numerous reading sessions and rehearsals, the smallest elements of his character, like his gait, his diction, his style of speaking, the choice of English over Hindi, and his unique look that we created for him,” he added.

Actor Emraan Hashmai shared what attracted him to the function and the mission. “It was Shyam’s script that really attracted me to his project. And his obsession with details, it was very contagious. Kudos to Shyam and his Harami team for making it into the prestigious main competition section of the festival. It was a true passion project for all involved and I am looking forward to the day when we will be able to share the film with the Indian audience,” he mentioned.

Pravesh Singh Rajput, producer of the movie mentioned, “Harami is a bold and artistic film, but at the same time it has a very modern style of filmmaking that will appeal to a very wide range of audience in India. It is also a very timely film for the youth of India as they are increasingly voicing their displeasure with status quo in the film industry and the nation. The majority of the child actors being first time actors the film brings an authenticity and rawness to the film that will appeal to the younger audience of India. I am proud that we are premiering at Busan and I am even more proud to have helped bring Shyam Madiraju’s vision to the screen.”

Executive Producer Paul Feig speaking in regards to the movie mentioned, “I absolutely love Harami.  I think it’s the perfect blend of beautiful filmmaking, poignant storytelling and amazing performances, all while keeping a firm eye on its commercial appeal.  Between the cast of amazing young newcomers and the deep talents of Bollywood star Emraan Hashmi, the film is affectingly performed and a total crowdpleaser.  Its ultimately uplifting message is exactly what is needed in these troubled times, and Shyam Madiraju’s masterful balance of heart, emotion and tension powers the film forward skillfully.  I could not be prouder to be an executive producer on this wonderful film and won’t rest until the world gets the chance to fall in love with it the way I have.”

Producers of the film include Pravesh Kumar Rajput and Brent Maddock. The Executive Producers are Paul Feig and  Sunny Khanna.

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