Manoj Bajpayee's next 'Bhonsle' had its world premiere at the Busan International Film Festival in South Korea where it got an outstanding reception.
Directed by Devashish Makhija, the film features Bajpayee as the terminally-ill lone wolf Maharashtrian cop Bhonsle.
The 23rd edition of the festival, which started yesterday and will go on till October 13, is being held in Busan, S-Korea's second-most populated city.
Film nominated for the Kim Ji-Seok Award
Retired against his will, in politically tumultuous Mumbai, Bhonsle finds himself forging an unlikely companionship with a 23-year-old North Indian girl and her little brother, while the raging conflict destroying the world around them reaches his doorstep, giving him one last battle worth fighting for, but it might just be too late.
The poignant film has also been nominated for the Kim Ji-Seok Award.
My third film to make it to BIFF: Bajpayee
"Great to hear some exciting response coming in from Busan. This is my third film in a row to make it there and I'm quite happy about the film and Devashish Makhija, the director, and the entire team who sacrificed a lot to reach here," Bajpayee said.
Makhija, producers Piiyush Singh (Indie Muviz) and Saurabh Gupta walked the red carpet at the festival.
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Film features Marathi star Santosh Juvekar, child artist Virat Vaibhav
The Kim Ji-Seok Award in "A Window on Asian Cinema" section will be given out together with a cash prize of $10,000 to the final two films, selected by the jury members.
Notably, 'Bhonsle' is one of the nine international projects nominated for the award.
The film's cast also includes Marathi star Santosh Juvekar, theatre thespian Ipshita Chakraborty Singh, and child artist Virat Vaibhav.
Busan International Film Festival
Ipshita Chakraborty Singh
Kim Ji-Seok Award