Naseeruddin Shah stars in Bornila Chatterjee’s ‘The Hungry’, a revenge drama, which premieres on Saturday 7th October 2017 at the BFI London Film Festival. Based on Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus, ‘The Hungry’ is about the violence that exists between power and love – a macabre fairy tale set in the elite circles of northern India. 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.
‘The Hungry’ has stellar performances from some of India’s top dramatic talent, including Naseeruddin Shah, Tisca Chopra and Neeraj Kabi. 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.
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 www.cinestaanfilmcompany.com.
About Film London
Film London is the capital’s screen industries agency. We connect ideas, talent, and finance to develop a pioneering creative culture in the city that delivers success in film, television, animation, games and beyond. We work to sustain, promote and develop London as a global content production hub, support the development of the city’s new and emerging filmmaking talent and invest in a diverse and rich film culture. Funded by the Mayor of London and the National Lottery through the BFI, we also receive support from Arts Council England and Creative Skill set.
About the British Council
The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities. British Council Film works with an extensive global network to connect UK films, filmmakers and film culture with international audiences. It showcases innovation, diversity and excellence and seek opportunities for creative exchange and collaboration
For more information, please visit: www.britishcouncil.org/film.