Anurag Kashyap's UGLY (Phantom Films) at Director's Fortnight in 66th Cannes Film Festival

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Mumbai, May 4, 2013 (Washington Bangla Radio): Anurag Kashyap’s 11th directorial venture UGLY, produced by Phantom Films with Dar Motion Pictures, was recently selected to represent the country at the 66th Cannes Film Festival in the “Director’s Fortnight” section. This is the second time that an Anurag Kashyap film produced by his company Phantom Films has been screened in this category – last year the director/producer’s two-part revenge saga Gangs of Wasseypur featured in the Directors Forth night section.

Synopsis of UGLY >>

This year UGLY produced by Madhu Mantena, Vikas Bahl & Vikramaditya Motwane with Arun Rangachari and Vivek Rangachari of DAR Motion Pictures will be screened alongside 20 other honorary films from across the globe.

Starring Ronit Roy, Rahul Bhatt, Tejaswini Kolhapure, Girish Kulkarni, Siddhant Kapoor and Vineet Singh ,UGLY- an emotional story in the garb of a thriller, is already a subject of heated discussion on home turf, with its scale and setting being a class apart from any of the director’s previous films. If that wasn't all, the Director has more associations at Cannes this year – Bombay Talkies with a segment titled 'Murabba', directed by him and as a co-producer on Lunch Box and Monsoon Shootout too .

Says Madhu Mantena, “Ugly is a special film for us, and thus we feel extra special to have it as the only Indian film in Director's fortnight, since its the 100 years of Indian Cinema. We are also very happy for Anurag who has such a big presence there this year”.

Says director Anurag Kashyap, “I am quite happy that with Ugly, we'll be in Director's Fortnight  this year too. At Phantom, It strengthens our belief in quality cinema and individually too, it motivates us to push the boundaries more every year. I am equally happy to be associated with Bombay Talkies, Monsoon Shootout and Lunch box, as it's a special year, with Indian Cinema completing 100 years, and we have so many Indian films making their presence felt there."

Says Arun Rangachari “We are delighted to have three of our films to be screened and compete in different categories at Cannes. As a production house we look at a film like ‘Ugly’ to represent fresh and new genres of films that can diversify our industry. Working with Anurag on the film has been a wonderful creative experience. Our focus has always been content driven films, and Cannes provides us with the opportunity to showcase this kind of cinema".