Cannes 2015: Neeraj Ghaywan's Masaan Triumphs, Wins Twice

Cannes 2015: Neeraj Ghaywan's Masaan Triumphs, Wins Twice

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Cannes, France: Indian filmmaker Neeraj Ghaywan's project Masaan, centred around a group of people in Varanasi, was awarded the International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI) award at the 68th Cannes International Film Festival on Saturday. The film and its director also won the 'Most Promising Newcomer' Award in the Un Certain Regard section of the festival.

Director Neeraj Ghaywan broke the news on Twitter

An overjoyed Richa Chadha, who features in a key role in the film, tweeted that she felt "blessed."

Showcased in the Un Certain Regard section at the movie gala, Masaan received a five-minute standing ovation post its screening here, leaving Richa and Neeraj Ghaywan tearful.




The film, which is Neeraj Ghaywan's debut feature project, is set in the backdrop of Varanasi and follows the stories of four people from a small town.

Masaan also co-stars features Shweta Tripathi, Sanjay Mishra and Vicky Kaushal.

An Indian-French collaboration, the film has been co-produced by Manish Mundra of Drishyam Films, Macassar Productions, Phantom Films, Sikhya Entertainment, Arte France Cinema and Pathe productions.

The top prizes for the main selection at the gala will be awarded on Sunday night during the closing ceremony at the Palais des Festivals in Cannes. Jury presidents Joel and Ethan Coen will announce the winners.