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Santosh Sivan's 'Urumi' for Busan film fest

Thiruvananthapuram, Sep 11

Master filmmaker Santosh Sivan's "Urumi" has been selected for screening at the Busan International Film Festival starting Oct 6.

Speaking to IANS, Sivan said that he is delighted that his film has been selected for the screening at the fest, adding: "My film will be screened in the category of A Window to Asian Cinema."

This is the second time that one of his films will be screened at the festival. His 2005 release "Navarasa" was was also screened there.

In terms of recognition, Sivan, 47, has won five national awards and 10 international awards.

"Urumi", released early this year, is billed as the second most expensive Malayalam film ever made with a budget of about Rs.200 million and has been dubbed into Tamil, Telegu and English.

Set in the backdrop of the fierce warrior clans of northern Kerala in the 16th century, the film focuses on the cult of Chirakkal Kelu Nayanar (Prithviraj), a man with an epic mission. His target and mission is Vasco da Gama.

Sivan, besides directing the film also was the cameraman and one of the producers.

The nine-day festival will end Oct 14.

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