The Rajat Kapoor, Kalki Koechlin starrer Mantra that won best feature film award in SAIFF, New York, and was the official entry to IFFI and MAMI last year, will finally be out of the pipeline and hit the theatres on March 17.
The story revolves around the forces of globalisation through the post-liberalization New India, as one man desperately attempts to save his once-iconic snacks brand from being wiped out by a multinational giant.
Rajat Kapoor plays the role of Kalki’s father in the film. When asked how he felt after working with the 31-year-old actress, Rajat told ANI that they have been friends for the last seven to eight years and Kalki has even acted in his play, but this is the first film where the two have substantial screen time each other, so it was good to work with a friend.
Koechlin was all elated at the launch and said that the film is relevant for the 1990s generation. “I liked the script. It is about how we changed when multinationals kicked off into the Indian market in 1991. While the older generation was quite traditional, the new generation wanted freedom,” she said.
“As I have grown up in this time so I can understand this rebellious face. I think the film is a relevant subject for a lot of our generation,” she added.
Talking generously to the media, she said, “I am happy that Mantra is getting a release finally. We shot this film two years ago and struggled a lot for the finance which was arranged through crowd funding.”
The movie stars some power-packed performers like Adil Hussain, Shiv Pandit, Rohan Joshi and Lushin Dubey and it is the directorial debut for Nicholas Kharkongor.
Watch the versatile actors perform their best as the drama unfolds!
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