Magazine article Screen International

Jar Opens Lid on Gurgaon, Rangzen

Magazine article Screen International

Jar Opens Lid on Gurgaon, Rangzen

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EXCLUSIVE: Jar Pictures has unveiled a slate of upcoming productions headed by DoP Shanker Raman's directorial debut Gurgaon and Gaurav Saxena's feature version of his celebrated short film, Rangzen.

Ten-minute short Rangzen (which means freedom in Tibetan) premiered in the Generation Kplus competition at this year's Berlin Film Festival and was also voted best international short at the UK's Raindance Film Festival.

The feature will expand on the story of a Tibetan boy in Dharamshala coming to terms with his refugee identity.

Raman's noir drama Gurgaon spotlights gender prejudice in the 'new town' of the film's title, which is located close to New Delhi. Aamir Bashir and Pankaj Tripathi have been cast in the film, which is scheduled to start shooting early next year.

Raman describes Gurgaon as "a cautionary tale about social fragmentation that disintegrates first the community, then the family, and ultimately our sense of humanity. …

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