Netflix announces line-up for the 52nd International Film Festival of India

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From special screenings, premiere, panel discussion to a series of masterclasses at IFFI 2021

Dhamaka stills here

Aranyak stills here

The Power of the Dog stills here 

November 19, 2021, Mumbai: Netflix, the world’s leading streaming entertainment service, announced its exciting line-up of initiatives at the prestigious 52nd International Film Festival of India, to be held in Goa from 20th November 2021. 

Special Screening of the Film – Dhamaka is scheduled on Sunday, November 21, directed by Ram Madhvani, this movie stars Kartik Aryan who plays the role of a cynical TV journalist who gets a mysterious call connected with untoward incidents happening in the city. The India Premiere of The Power of the Dog, western drama film written and directed by Jane Campion will be held on Wednesday, November 24. A special preview of Aranyak, an upcoming crime thriller series that marks Raveena Tandon’s streaming debut, produced by Roy Kapur Films and Ramesh Sippy Entertainment, will be held on Friday, November 26. Masterclasses on “Short Films” by Gobelins – School L’image will be hosted over three days from Tuesday, November 23 to Thursday, November 25 focusing on the nuances of short films. 

Netflix’s line-up at IFFI 2021 includes:

  • Special Screening of the Film, Dhamaka on Sunday, November 21 at 12 noon: Dhamaka is a human drama that follows the story of an ambitious ex-news anchor Arjun Pathak, played by Kartik Aaryan, who is given another chance to go live on prime-time television when a terrorist calls him with a bomb threat. Little does he know that this call will change his life and throw him into a fast-paced game of betrayal. Dhamaka stars Kartik Aaryan in a never seen before avatar and boasts an incredible mix of talent, such as Amruta Subhash, Vikas Kumar and Vishwajeet Pradhan in pivotal roles, along with a special appearance by Mrunal Thakur. The film is directed by Ram Madhvani and produced by Ram Madhvani Films (Amita Madhvani and Ram Madhvani) and RSVP (Ronnie Screwvala) and the screenplay and dialogue are written by Puneet Sharma and Ram Madhvani. 
  • India Premiere of The Power of the Dog on Wednesday, November 24 at 8.15pm: The Power of the Dog is western drama film written and directed by Jane Campion.  The film is based on a novel by Thomas Savage that was written in 1967. The star cast of the film includes Benedict Cumberbatch, Kirsten Dunst, Jesse Plemons, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Thomasin McKenzie, Genevieve Lemon, Keith Carradine, and Frances Conroy. This is a world-renowned film and had its world premiere at the 78th Venice International Film Festival where Jane Campion won the Silver Lion for Best Direction. The film will stream on Netflix from December 1, 2021.  
  • A special preview of Aranyak on Friday, November 26 at 4pm: Aranyak is an upcoming crime thriller series produced by Roy Kapur Films and Ramesh Sippy Entertainment. The series is directed by Vinay Waikul and the cast includes Raveena Tandon, Parambrata Chatterjee, Ashutosh Rana, Zakir Hussain, Megna Malik. The plot of the series is as follows: “After a foreign teenage tourist disappears in the misty town, a harried, local cop Kasturi must join hands with her city-bred replacement Angad, on a big-ticket case that digs up skeletons and revives a forgotten Himalayan myth of a bloodthirsty, serial killing entity in the forest.”
  • Masterclasses of “Short Films” by Gobelins – School L’image- Tuesday-Thursday, November 23-25: Netflix has partnered with Gobelins – School L’Image to help facilitate skills in visual storytelling to students in India. The masterclasses will span three days focusing on the nuances of short films, this will cover topics like importance of short films, its value among producers and how to tell compelling stories.
Date Timings Subject Faculty
Day 1 l Tuesday, November 234:30-6:30 pmWhy make a short film?Cecile Blondel
Day 2 l Wednesday, November 244:30-6:30 pmWhy short films are valued by producers.Gobelins co-ordinator
Day 3 l Thursday, November 255:30-6:30 pm Session with an expertVajra Pancharia

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