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Devashish Makhija-directed "Ajji" has been officially invited to compete at this year's Busan International Film Festival (BIFF). The movie will be showcased in the New Currents section of the 22nd Korean film extravaganza, which is the first Hindi project that has been backed by Yoodlee Films. "Ajji" is a dark take on the classic fairy tale, "Red Riding Hood". The story revolves around a nine-year-old girl who is denied justice by the society, after she is raped and how her old fragile arthritic grandmother (ajji) takes the matter in her hands that promises to serve a bloody deterrent to all mankind. The film features Sushma Deshpande, Sharvani Suryavanshi, Sadiya Siddiqui, Abhishek Bannerjee and Smita Tambe. Talking about the achievement, Makhija said in a statement, "It is not every day that you find your vision being selected from amongst thousands to be one of the 10 films in the New Currents competition at BIFF and to be judged by a jury headed by none other than Oliver Stone. "Countless renowned filmmakers and actors as well as important figures from film industries and festivals around the world visit the port city of Busan every year, to celebrate this dynamic festival; I feel fortunate to be counted amongst these select few." While Vikram Mehra, MD Saregama, parent company of Yoodlee Films, said it is an honour for the film to have its world premiere at the fest. "Yoodlee Films believes in passionate fearless filmmaking.
When you make cinema on themes which others have not dared to delve into, one goes ahead with it simply because of the unflinching belief that we have on the subject, and the passion of the filmmaker. "And when a prestigious international body like BIFF honours you with an invitation to compete in the Festival with our very first Hindi release - 'Ajji', your belief gets endorsed. We are extremely happy that 'Ajji' will have its World Premiere at Busan," he said. BIFF runs from October 12-21.
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