Rome Film Fest’s Only Indian Selection – ‘Mere Pyaare Prime Minister’!
The 13th Rome Film Fest (Festa del Cinema di Roma) has been striving to involve local organisms, such as the entire capital and the Lazio Region while establishing itself as an important international film event in the world. Held from October 18 to 28, the festival hosts a challenging programme of screenings, master classes, tributes, retrospectives, panels and special events. This edition will screen Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra’s Mere Pyaare Prime Minister (My Dear Prime Minister), India’s only representative at the festival.
At 105 min, the film is set in the heart of Mumbai, around the slum settlement called Gandhi Nagar, named after the father of the nation, Gandhi. It has smartphones, fridges, DishTV’s … but no toilets. Residents here defecate in the open, while men go out next to the pipelines, women have nowhere to go but the dark isolated areas in the middle of the night. In the middle of this, 8-year-old Kahnu has only one dream – To build a toilet for his single mother, Sargam, and he will not stop at anything.
The film stars Anjali Patil, Om Kanojiya, Niteesh Wadhwa, Atul Kulkarni, Syna Anand, Prasad, Adarsh, Makrand Deshpande, Rasika Agashe, Nachiket Pumapatre, Neela Mulhekar, Sonia Albizuri, Firdaus Mevawalla and Kavita Pias.
Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra is a director, writer and producer who established Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra Pictures (ROMP) in India. He started making television commercials under his company Flicks Motion Picture Company in 1986 and made the transition from making ad films to feature films with Aks in 2001. Following the creation of ROMP Pictures in 2004, he has since gone onto make the critically acclaimed Rang De Basanti (Colour of Sacrifice) (2006), Delhi-6, and Bhaag Milkha Bhaag. His films reflect a strong sense of social relevance and dynamism, which have made them important to generations of people who have watched them.