A film about a classical musician's struggle to balance his career dreams and life in contemporary Mumbai will this week return India to the main competition at the Venice Film Festival for the first time in nearly two decades.
Writer-director Chaitanya Tamhane's "The Disciple" is among the 18-films selected for competition at the festival, which opened Wednesday. The last Indian film in competition was "Monsoon Wedding" by Mira Nair, which in 2001 won the festival's top prize, the Golden Lion.
Tamhane spent four years researching, filming and editing "The Disciple," which follows a would-be classical music vocalist who struggles to balance his craft's centuries-old traditions with contemporary Mumbai.
His film is slated to premiere Friday and despite travel restrictions and precautions due to the coronavirus pandemic, Tamhane plans to be there.
"It's been my dream, in a way to, you know, (to) be in competition at the More