Anurag Kashyap's upcoming film Ugly has been selected at Cannes film festival's Directors' Fortnight sidebar, taking the count of Indian films at the festival to four. The three other films that are being screened at the festival are Bombay Talkies, Monsoon Shootout and Dabba.
Kashyap is returning to Directors' Fortnight for the second time. He had screened his two-part revenge saga Gangs of Wasseypur last year. Starring Tejaswini Kolhapure and Ronit Roy in lead roles, Ugly revolves around an alcoholic who reunites with her ex-husband when their child is kidnapped.
Directors' Fortnight, a parallel section of Cannes Film Festival, will screen 20 other films apart from Kashyap's Ugly. Incidentally, Kashyap is also related to the three others films that are at Cannes this year. He has directed one of the segments of Bombay Talkies which features four short films by Kashyap, Karan Johar, Zoya Akhtar and Dibakar Banerjee.
The film will have its gala screening at the festival that has invited India as the guest country to celebrate its 100 years of cinema this year. Dabba (Lunchbox) and Monsoon Shootout are co-produced by Anurag Kashyap and have been selected for Cannes Critics Week and Midnight Screening sections, respectively.
Starring Irrfan Khan and Nawazuddin Siddiqui in lead roles Dabba, is about a wrongly delivered lunchbox connects a housewife to a lonely man in the dawn of his life and they build a fantasy life together. Ritesh Batra has directed the film. Dabba will also compete for the Camera d'Or, which recognises the best first feature film presented in any of the Cannes' selections. Monsoon Shootout by Amit Kumar again stars Siddiqui and is a thriller.