Benegal's 'Welcome to Sajjanpur' in London

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Kolkata, Sep 15: Even before its theatrical release in India on September 19, Shyam Benegal's 'Welcome to Sajjanpur', a delightful satirical take on life in contemporary rural India, is creating waves on the International film festival circuit.

Featuring Shreyas Talpade and Amrita Rao in the lead roles, 'Welcome to Sajjanpur', a production venture of UTV Spotboy, will feature in the competition section of World Cinema at the London Film Festival, to be held from October 15 to 30.

UTV sources said the screening at the London Film Festival will also mark the UK and European premiere of the film.

'Welcome to Sajjanpur' will screen at the film festival on October 25 at 1245 hrs at OWE1 and on October 26 at 1645 hrs at Waterman's Art Centre.

Welcome to Sajjanpur follows on the trail of other Benegal films which were screened at the London Film Festival. These include path-breaking ventures like, 'Manthan', 'Kondura', 'Mandi', 'Trikaal', 'Susman', 'Suraj ka Saatwaan Ghoda' and 'Samar'.

'Welcome to Sajjanpur' revolves round Mahadev, one of the few educated young men from Sajjanpur, gifted with a flair for words.

His ambition is to be a novelist. But life-circumstances demand that he eke out a living by writing letters. So, he sits next to the post office and writes letters for all and sundry. His letter-writing is persuasive and powerful and that makes him popular with the largely non-literate population of the town.

Soon Mahadev uses his talent to manipulate people with amusing and sometimes not so amusing results. 'Welcome to Sajjanpur' is an entertaining, musical and comic interpretation of characters and events that are at once hilarious and poignant.

Says the CEO of UTV Spotboy, Vikas Bahl, ''Welcome to Sajjanpur' is a journey to the real India and shares with you some harsh and some not so harsh reality of that India. It also brings alive the simplicity and the beauty of the heartland which is far removed from the city life. Its Benegal's supreme and uncorrupted storytelling style that makes you thoroughly enjoy the ride to this India.''


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