'Jaan-E-Mann' deprived of its moment of glory: Anupam

Oct 13, 2006 Subhash K. Jha

Mumbai, Oct 13 (IANS) Bollywood actor Anupam Kher, who is playing a dwarf in Shirish Kunder's directorial debut "Jaan-E-Mann", is disappointed that the film was not screened at the South Asian International Film Festival (SAIFF).

The festival concluded in New York earlier this week.

"It's very unfortunate. I was excited because I was in both the opening and closing films of the Festival. While the opening film Tanuja Chandra's 'Hope & A Little Sugar' was enthusiastically received, Shirish Kunder's 'Jaan-E-Mann' was deprived of its moment of glory," Anupam told IANS.

"Never mind. Nobody can take away from Shirish what he has done. He has made a path-breaking film," he added.

"Jaan-E-Mann" was chosen as the closing film at SAIFF, and this would have been Shirish's first exposure.

However, on the closing day there was no sign of "Jaan-E-Mann" - an oversight that left the prestigious festival's directorate flummoxed and irritated.

"It was a very embarrassing moment for Bollywood. You must understand that the South Asian International Film Festival is a good forum for Bollywood. Films that get screened here are picked up by distributors all over the world," said a source from New York.

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