The Hungry starring Naseeruddin Shah
THE HUNGRY, the bloody revenge drama from Film London and Cinestaan Film Company, will have its European Premiere on Saturday 7 October as part of this year’s BFI London Film Festival.
The film follows Tulsi Joshi, a widow and bride-to-be who comes to her own wedding seeking revenge for the brutal murder of her first-born son.
Based on Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus, THE HUNGRY is about the violence that exists between power and love – a macabre fairytale set in the elite circles of northern India.
THE HUNGRY has stellar performances from some of India’s top dramatic talent, including Naseeruddin Shah, Tisca Chopra and Neeraj Kabi. The film played as part of the Special Presentation section at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival.
Adrian Wootton OBE, Chief Executive of Film London and the British Film Commission, said: “After a brilliant run at the Toronto Internationa Film Festival we’re really excited to have The Hungry screen in the city where there idea first sprang to life. The film was born of a unique set of circumstances, and the results are suitably startling – it’s a daring, bloody revenge piece that does its team proud, and we can’t wait to hear what the hometown audience thinks before its Asian premiere later in the month.”
Rohit Khattar, Chairman of Cinestaan Film Company, said: “Following the film’s launch at Toronto Film Festival it is great to see The Hungry about to premiere in its two home cities, London and Mumbai. The Hungry was born out of an ambition to enable our two industries to work more heartily together and we are delighted with the results.”
THE HUNGRY is a bold adaptation of the original Shakespeare text, with the filmmakers putting their own dramatic modern twist on Shakespeare’s first tragedy. This story examines how the lust for revenge and violence are rarely worth it. After all, an eye for an eye will make the whole world go blind.
India’s high society provides the perfect platform to re-interpret the play’s original setting as Tulsi finds herself in this colourful den of corruption and false celebrations, where, with each passing hour, her murderous desires to get even come up against by her own basic humanity and compassion.
But she isn’t the only one at the wedding with an appetite for vengeance…
The film was born from desire to forge stronger links between the Indian and UK film industries, and saw Film London and Cinestaan Film Company embark on an ambitious process which united talent from the two continents, using Film London’s ‘Microwave’ feature film scheme as its template. They were supported by the British Council, who enabled a series of workshops to take place as part of last year’s ‘Shakespeare Lives’ celebration, in order to develop the film in anticipation of the current UK/India Year of Culture. The result is a true international collaboration, comprising a team of international filmmakers; a cast of exciting new and established talent from India and the UK; glorious Mumbai backdrops and post-production courtesy of London’s world-renowned Twickenham Studios. The film is being sold by C International Sales.
Earlier this year, Amazon Prime Video had announced an alliance with Cinestaan Film Company to exclusively stream The Hungry on Amazon Prime Video
About Cinestaan Film Company
Cinestaan Film Company is a boutique film studio committed to championing stories that resonate with global audiences. By building an international brand for films with an India connect, Cinestaan strives to nurture and continue India’s rich cinematic legacy, supporting both national and international cinemas. It has several films in development .
Cinestaan Film Company develops, produces, sells and distributes films across the world. C International Sales, its Sales Agency has successfully represented critically acclaimed films like “A Death in the Gunj” and “Hotel Salvation” (Mukti Bhawan) internationally. Its overseas JV with AA Films, “Cinestaan AA Distributors”, recently distributed “Baahubali 2: The Conclusion” in key overseas territories and “Sachin: A Billion Dreams” worldwide. More details at .
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