April 26, 2018
Filmmaker Devashish Makhija is happy about his film "Ajji"
travelling to different films festivals.
"A niche genre film like ‘Ajji' gets most of its traction and strength from film festival programmers, organisers, critics and audiences without whom such a film might never have been made even," Makhija said in a statement to IANS.
Backed by Yoodlee Films, "Ajji" is a dark take on the classic fairytale, "Red Riding Hood". It tells the story of a nine-year-old girl, who is denied justice from the society and later her 65-year-old grandmother takes brutal revenge.
"Ajji" features actors like Manuj Sharma, Sudhir Pandey and Smita Tambe.
A special jury mention was made for Sushama Deshpande's performance in "Ajji". The film also won the actress The Flame Award at the UK Asian Film Festival, won the Fresh Blood competition at the Beaune International Thriller Film Festival 2018.
"The awards we have won tell us that we can keep making these films. To be able to keep doing this itself then is the biggest award," Makhija added.
Siddharth Anand Kumar, Head, Yoodlee Films, said: "We are proud that 'Ajji' is finding such a warm reception from worldwide audiences at film festivals. When you take a risk on making a strong film without compromise and receive such appreciation you are encouraged to be even more fearless in your choice of cinema."