News, Shows and Events|April 19, 2010 10:39 pm

Anurag Kashyap’s Udaan at Cannes Film Festival

First time director, Vikramaditya Motwane’s flick, Udaan has been selected for the Cannes Film Festival that will held on 12 – 23 May 2010. Though the movie is not part of the top competition slot, but the movie will be the part of the second most important section at Cannes, ‘A Certain Regard’, which will be screen along with creations of heavyweights, such as Jean-Luc Godard (Socialisme), the auteur credited with the French New Wave, 102-year-old Manoel de Oliveira (The Strange Case of Angelica) and Lodge Kerrigan (Rebecca H) among others.

Produced by Anurag Kashyap Films, Udaan is three-hour movie, which is a tale of a boy as he grows up in an emotional vacuum. Studying in a boarding school, he has not seen his father for eight years. The movie stars television actors Ronit Roy and Ram Kapoor and debutant Rajat Barmecha – traces their relationship as it struggles to take off.

Motwane wrote the Udaan script in 2003, but could not find money to film it. Some found the script hollow without conviction, some others lambasted the concept. Vikram met Anurag who agreed to finance the movie and written the dialogue. The shooting of the movie was completed within 42 days.

Udaan is beyond any filmy drama without any romantic song-dance fight sequence. Before Udaan was chosen, Motwane’s claim to fame was his association with Sanjay Leela Bhansali. The young director had helped Bhansali with Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam and Devdas (screened in Cannes in 2002 as part of the Special section).