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by Neeraj Ghaywan


Benares, the holy city on the banks of the Ganges, reserves a cruel punishment for those who play with moral traditions. Deepak, a young man from a poor neighborhood, falls hopelessly in love with a young girl from a different caste. Devi, a young student who’s gone off the rails, is tortured by feelings of guilt following the disappearance of her first lover. Devi’s father Pathak, a victim of police corruption, has lost his moral compass because of money, while a young boy, Jhonta, is in search of a family. These characters are all seeking a better future, whilst buffeted between the demands of modern life and an attachment to tradition. And their paths are about to cross…

international title: Masaan
original title: Masaan
country: India, France
sales agent: Pathé International
year: 2015
genre: fiction
directed by: Neeraj Ghaywan
film run: 103'
release date: FR 24/06/2015, CH 24/06/2015, NL 6/08/2015
screenplay: Neeraj Ghaywan, Varun Grover
cast: Richa Chadda, Sanjay Mishra, Vicky Kaushal
cinematography by: Avinash Arun Dhaware
film editing: Nitin Baid
art director: Ranjit Singha
costumes designer: Sunita Kapoor
music: Bruno Coulais
producer: Mélita Toscan du Plantier, Marie-Jeanne Pascal, Vikramaditya Motwane, Vikas Bahl, Manish Mundra, Shaan Vyas
co-producer: Olivier Père, Jérôme Seydoux, Sophie Seydoux
production: ARTE France Cinéma, Pathé Films, Macassar Productions, Sikhya Entertainement (IN), Phantom Films (IN)
distributor: Pathé Distribution, September Film Distribution


main awards/selection

Cannes Film Festival 2015Un Certain Regard
Vienna International Film Festival 2015

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