My film Mumbai Cha Raja is set against the backdrop of the Ganapati festival. Although the title of the film is in Marathi, it is a Hindi film. My film has travelled to festivals like the Toronto Film Festival and Dubai Film Festival and it received a very good response there too. However, I was very excited about showcasing it at the MFF as the people in Mumbai will be able to relate to the story.
I have been a regular visitor of the MFF for the last six years. Unlike other film festivals across the country, the MFF gives filmmakers a lot of exposure. Festivals are very important to all kinds of filmmakers, particularly independent filmmakers like me, who need buyers to release their films. Festivals offer an instant response to your film, not to mention connecting with distributors and other people. Promoting your film is crucial today but filmmakers like me cannot afford to market their films. That’s why screening your film at a festival like the MFF is important, the media here really helps in creating a buzz around your film.