Asian Film Festival screens 2 films under 'Spectrum Asia'

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Mumbai, Nov 6 (UNI) The ongoing Third Eye 6th Asian Film Festival in three different venues across the city, screened two films -- Madhur Bhandarkar's ''Traffic Signal'' and ''I'm the Very Beautiful'' by Shyamal Kumar Karmakar under the section ''Spectrum Asia'' here today.

''Traffic Signal'' is a story set at a traffic intersection and Silsila, a young orphan is now its manager. Under changed circumstances, Silsila gets drawn into a nexus between the local mafia and politicians and finds himself responsible for the annihilation of his own world, something to which he has dedicated his life.

According to film experts and critics, Madhur Bhandarkar has been a film buff since his teenage and has worked with renowned filmakers like Ram Gopal Varma. He has won a National award for his film ''Page three'' while his second brilliant film was ''Chandni Bar'' in which Tabu gave a remarkable performance. Madhur will soon be bringing out a film on fashion, the sources added.

The second film ''I'm the Very Beautiful,'' by Director Shyamal Kumar Karmakar is based on the theme of man-woman relationship.

The woman Ranu, here is an international bar singer by profession and the man, a filmmaker. If humans are the best plot then Ranu is one thick plot. Over the past six years of filming she has moved from one relationship to another, from one home to another and even one country to another.

Commenting on the film, experts and critics say,''After an extremely modest upbringing in a refugee family, an abduction, a child, suicide attempts and many failed relationships later Ranu is in total contrast to Shyamal who is well educated, well-to-do and well-respected. The film is a compassionate view of the struggles and dreams of a woman who is perceived as an outcaste and a filmmaker who dares to bare his own dilemmas.'' UNI

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