After creating waves in Toronto, Mard Ko Dard Nahin Hota will have its Asia Premiere

Mumbai, 9thOctober 2018: After presenting a remarkable line-up of movies at the festival this year, the Jio MAMI 20thMumbai Film Festival with Star has just taken it up a notch by announcing the opening film for the 20th edition of the festival.

Presented by RSVP, Mard Ko Dard Nahin Hota, which is written and directed by Vasan Bala and produced by Ronnie Screwvala will kickstart the festival this year.  The film recently won the Grolsch People’s Choice Midnight Madness Award at the acclaimed Toronto International Film Festival, an extremely prestigious win for any filmmaker.

An action comedy film about a young man born without pain receptors, it marks the debut of actress Bhagyashree’s son Abhimanyu Dassani. It is an entertaining story of a man who feels no pain, on a mission to rid the world of muggers. The movie also stars Radhika Madan, Gulshan Devaiah and celebrated actor and director Mahesh Manjrekar.

Speaking on the success of their film, Director and Writer Vasan Bala said, “It’s like homecoming for me. To not just be attending the Jio MAMI 20th Mumbai Film Festival with Star but opening it with a dream nurtured over years and brought to existence by Ronnie Screwvala’s fearless and absolute backing. I am honoured and thrilled to be walking into the cinema hall, with the team of Mard Ko Dard Nahi Hota and sharing the film for the first time on my home ground.”

Ronnie Screwvala said, “After winning the Midnight Madness section at TIFF, Mard Ko Dard Nahin Hota is now the opening film at the prestigious Jio MAMI 20th Mumbai Film Festival with Star in India. We at RSVP are very proud of all the accolades this genre defining film is garnering.”

Smriti Kiran, Creative Director, MAMI Mumbai Film Festival said, “We are thrilled that Vasan Bala’s film is Opening MAMI in its 20th year. We have always had immense faith in his talent. An Indian filmmaker with a singularly distinct voice will screen his work for the first time in Asia at Jio MAMI with Star. We couldn’t have asked for a better start to this year’s edition.”

The 20th edition of the Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival with Star will take place between the 25th October to 1st November, 2018.Registrations are open to the 7-day movie festival. You can register at