The films, starring Manoj Bajpayee, Richa Chadda, Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Reemma Sen had its world premiere at the 65th Cannes Film Festival last year, and now they have been chosen for the Gala Presentation at HKIFF Gulabi Gang directed by Nishtha Jain will also compete in the documentary section.
The documentary traces a group of women in pink saris fighting against gender violence, corruption and for the rights of poor and Dalits. Gulabi Gang is pitted against films like Joshua Oppenheimer's The Act of Killing, Ikeya Kaoru's Roots, Delphine Lanson's Father's Birth, Alex Gibney's Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God, Christian Rosta and Claus Strigel's Redemption Impossible.
Apart from Gulabi Gang and Gangs of Wasseypur, other films selected from India are - The Cloud-Capped Star, Celluloid Man, Ship of Theseus, Meghe Dhaka Tara, Guru of Silence, With You Without You and 21 Chitrakoot. The festival is one of Asia's most reputable platforms for filmmakers, film professionals and filmgoers to launch new works and view fresh features. This year the festival will screen over 330 titles from more than 50 countries in 12 major cultural venues across town.