Manoj Bajpayee, Zeeshan Ayyub’s ‘Joram’ to premiere at 52nd International Film Festival Rotterdam

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Starring Manoj Bajpayee and Zeeshan Ayyub, the survival thriller ‘Joram’ will have its world premiere in the Big Screen Competition section at the 52nd edition of the International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR). The festival will be held from January 26 to February 6 in the Netherlands.

‘Joram’, according to the film’s record, tells the story of a grieving father who must flee half the country with his young daughter to escape the ghosts of his past and the forces that want to kill him at all costs. Directed by Devashish Makhija, the film marks the third collaboration between the director and Manoj Bajpayee after the short film ‘Tandav’ and the 2020 feature ‘Bhonsle’, which earned ‘The Family Man’ star the National Award for Best Actor.

Speaking about their creative association, Bajpayee said, “I am always very proud of the relationship I have had with them artistically.”

Set in Jharkhand and Mumbai, ‘Joram’ is also Makhija’s third film at the Rotterdam festival after ‘Ajji’ and ‘Bhonsle’.

Recounting his experience, Bajpayee said, “It’s a heart-wrenching story of a man torn between the past and the present. I loved playing the complicated character Darsu, who outwardly looks like an ordinary man whom people might not even notice. But he is by no means an ordinary man. Story brilliant, with such compelling characters!”

Makhija said the film bridges the gap between art cinema and the mainstream. He said the lines dividing the two streams of filmmaking continue to change rapidly. He said: “In its vision and its creation, our film has sought to bridge that constant bridge between art cinema and the mainstream, believing that it has achieved the best of both.”

The film stars Zeeshan Ayyub, Smita Tambe and Megha Mathur, with guest appearances by Tannishtha Chatterjee and Rajshri Deshpande.

Talking about his role, Ayyub said, “I play Ratnakar, a city policeman, who is low in social status and hence among his colleagues. Being a city person, this film for me, especially my first-. Never to the forests and his shooting trips to the iron mines made me realize how much of Ratnakar’s “me” was — that access to education and middle-class angst was a luxury compared to the grim, stark, eternal — the truly destitute live on the edge every day.”

Presented by Zee Studios, ‘Joram’ will release in India next year.

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