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The 19th Mumbai Film Festival (MAMI) is upon us, and if you went to their pre-festival Movie Mela (starry panels, good food and film memorabilia), you’ll know that this carnival is going to be everything they’ve built it up to be. Buy your pass now (if you haven’t already) to watch independent and award-winning films – see schedule here – and walk away with a secret desire to some day, be in the movies.  

See below highlights from the festival: 

For Anurag Kashyap’s Opening Film: MAMI opens with Mukkabaaz, set in the city of Bareilly in Uttar Pradesh, where Shravan, a lower-caste boxer struggles to leave his mark and make a case with his fists that he deserves a chance to compete.

For India Story Films: This category offers a bouquet of interesting regional films from India, including Ask The Sexpert; Pale Blue Dot; and Nimmo. 

For World Cinema: A roster of films curated from Mexico, America, Italy, France, Spain, Russia, Korea, New Zealand that did the film festival rounds, will be showcased at MAMI. We’re excited to watch Korean film On The Beach At Night Alone; Arabic film City Of Ghosts and 24 Frames in Farsi. 

For Mother! by Darren Aronofsky: The Jennifer Lawrence film has created a buzz among lovers and haters all over the festival circuit. Go watch it at MAMI and decide which side you fall on. 

Malena Will Be In Attendance: Remember your crush on Italian actress Monica Belluci way back during Malena and more recently during Mozart In The Jungle? Well, she will be attending MAMI so bring out that no-shame-so-lame fan in you and carry an autograph book just in case. 

Students Can Watch For Free: Grown-ups, your envy is understandable. 

Le fin. 

Getting there: MAMI will be on from 12th to 18th Oct; buy your pass on; see movie schedule here and screening venues here. Visit for more details.

***This post is sponsored by MAMI***

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