Late lead role by Irrfan Khan and Nawazuddin Siddiqui The bypass will be screened at the Bandra Film Festival under the theme of Hidden Gems and will be released on August 30, 2022. Written and directed by Amit Kumar, The bypass is a 2003 Bollywood short film set on a stranded road in Rajasthan. With no dialogue, this short film just features some spectacular and raw performances by actors.
Irrfan Khan and Nawazuddin Siddiqui starring The Bypass will be screened at the Bandra Film Festival
The film was previously screened at the Edinburgh International Film Festival and the Aubagne Film Festival. The Bypass is about two friends, played by Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Sundar Dan, who frequently ambush and eventually kill the people roaming the nearby road, and Irrfan Khan played the role of a corrupt policeman.
Speaking about the screening, director Amit Kumar said: “In my first film The bypassI had the honor of bringing together two great actors – Irrfan Khan and Nawaz. It was one of those times when everything came together perfectly: the fabulous cast, the wonderful crew and the atmospheric locations. My film also pays homage to the silent film era, when acting skills, a strong screenplay and visual storytelling were the most important tools of filmmaking. Not only did this allow me to work with my uncle and early inspiration, Surya Mohan Kulshreshtha, aka Baba, it was also an exciting early step in my creative collaboration with my friend from our film school days – Oscar winner Asif Kapadia. Who would have thought that almost 20 years later we would still be happily working together! With so many happy memories associated with it, it’s great to see the film being made again after so many years. The Bandra Film Festival does a fabulous job of showcasing interesting films that may not have found mainstream attention.”
British filmmaker and producer of The bypass Asif Kapadia shared: “The bypass was a pivotal moment in my journey as a filmmaker, it’s been a long time but it still feels so alive, the crazy off-the-beaten-track experience in the scorching hot desert. Was it a dream? Or a nightmare? For a film that brings together the great, loved and missed Irrfan and the fantastic Nawaz at the start of his incredible career. My good friend Amit (bhai) Kumar is writing and directing what I think is his best film because it was made without compromise. It was a family affair with Rajeev Ravi as cinematographer and Oscar winner Dario Marianelli as composer. BAFTA winner Andy Shelley edited and created the sound design. What a cast and crew!! I think the only true way to judge a film is to see if it stands the test of time, and The bypass does, with flying colours. It’s still as brilliant, heavy, shocking and raw as the day it was made. It’s pure cinema, it’s perfect, and like all great cinema, it deserves to be seen by a wide audience.”
The film festival, which has Abhay Deol and Assem Chhabra on its advisory board, launched in February 2021 and presents nearly 100 films by filmmakers from across the country, spanning all genres, languages and formats, and is currently in its second year.
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