Anurag Kashyap's 'Kennedy' Set to Captivate Audiences as Closing Film at IFFM 2023
The Indian Film Festival of Melbourne (IFFM) 2023 will conclude with the screening of "Kennedy," a gripping Mumbai-based police noir directed by the acclaimed filmmaker Anurag Kashyap. Organizers of the festival revealed this exciting news on Thursday. The movie revolves around the story of Bhat, an insomniac ex-cop, who becomes embroiled in a web of corruption while on a quest for redemption, as mentioned in the official plotline. Scheduled from August 11 to 20, the 14th edition of IFFM promises to be an exhilarating cinematic event, with "Kennedy" serving as a captivating finale.
Kashyap and the film's lead cast Rahul Bhat and Sunny Leone will be present for the film's screening on the festival's final day on August 20, the organisers said in a statement. The two actors will share their "experiences and insights into their roles in the film".
"I am delighted that 'Kennedy' is the closing film at IFF, Melbourne. It's the first Indian film festival we are playing in the world, and I am excited to know the response of the audience. I will be there to attend the same and gauge the response, and I'm sure that they'll like the film, like the global audience who's seen the film till now," Kashyap said.
"Kennedy" had its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival in May. The film was screened under the Midnight Screenings section of the prestigious film gala.
The movie features Bhat as the titular insomniac ex-cop, who finds himself entangled in a corrupt system while seeking redemption, according to the official plotline.
Mitu Bhowmick Lange, founder and festival director of IFFM, hailed Kashyap for his "groundbreaking work" in cinema. The filmmaker's directorial credits also include titles like "Black Friday", "Dev D", "Gangs of Wasseypur" movies and "Raman Raghav 2.0".
"'Kennedy' is no exception. It is a powerful film that engages the audience from start to finish. We are proud to have 'Kennedy' as our closing night film and look forward to welcoming Anurag Kashyap and the talented cast to the festival," she added.
The 14th edition of IFFM is set to take place from August 11 to 20.
According to the organisers, the film gala will be a "spectacular celebration of Indian cinema as well as culture, offering over 100 films in 20 languages, discussions, and events for film enthusiasts and the wider community".