Hansal Mehta’s “Aligarh” will open the 17th Jio MAMI Mumbai film festival. This is the first time in the festival’s history that a Hindi-language film has opened it.
“Aligarh” is the tale of a professor who is suspended from his university after being accused of having a homosexual. A young journalist looking for his big break investigates the story. Manoj Bajpayee (“Gangs of Wasseypur”) and Rajkummar Rao (“Shahid”) star.
Mehta, who is currently at the Busan International Film Festival for the Oct. 4 world premiere of the film, told Variety: “We’re honoured. It is the first Indian film to open MAMI since it was founded. It is a tribute to the beautiful people that made “Aligarh” possible.”
The film will have its European premiere at the BFI London Film Festival on October 10.
Meanwhile, “Ludo”, a Bengali-language horror film directed by feature debutant Nikon and Q (“Tasher Desh”) will open the festival’s After Dark strand. Rii (“Cosmic Sex”) and Tillotama Shome (“Qissa: The Tale of a Lonely Ghost”) star. “Ludo” had its world premiere at the Fantasia International Film Festival, Montreal in July and will have its European premiere at the upcoming Sitges festival in October.
The Mumbai festival plays Oct. 29-Nov. 5.