Namdev Bhau : In Search of Silence Officially Selected For Indian Film Festival of Melbourne

Amar Singh Rathore
Namdev Bhau : In Search of Silence Officially Selected For Indian Film Festival of Melbourne

Acclaimed producer Dheer Momaya’s film ‘Namdev Bhau: In Search of Silence’ has been officially selected for the prestigious Indian Film Festival of Melbourne (IIFM), scheduled from 8th August to 17th August, 2019. Read on…

A still from Namdev Bhau : In Search Of Silence

The film Namdev Bhau : In Search Of Silence’s lead actor, 65-year-old Namdev Gaurav who is a real-life driver of Dheer’s family has been nominated in the Best Actor category of the film festival along with superstar Amitabh Bachchan (for Badla), Ayushmann Khurrana and Manoj Bajpayee for Andhadhun and Bhonsle respectively.

Directed by Dar Gai, Namdev Bhau revolves around the life of Namdev Gaurav, who is tired of the noisy life of Mumbai and leaves the town in search of a ‘Silent Valley’. What follows is his journey to find peace and meeting people from different walks of life.

Talking about what made him cast a chauffeur as the lead in his film, producer Dheer Momaya says, “Namdev Bhau inherently has a sense of relaxed urgency about him. That coupled with boundary-less wit are great to recreate emotions naturally for camera. Also, the deep characteristic of his face helps distinguish the subtlest of emotions that he feels. However, initially, I just wasn’t sure whether he would be able to hold the screen for 90 minutes. Moreover, I just didn’t think he was prepared enough as an actor to deliver performance on a tightly budgeted schedule. Dar was convinced from the first day of rehearsals though.”

“I am feeling very happy and excited about my nomination. My family is also very happy about it. I still can’t believe I acted in a film. Before making the film I had never been outside Maharashtra and now I have travelled outside abroad as well. It is like living a life, I never even dreamt of. We would always talk about all of these actors. All of these people from a very young age have worked really hard to reach where they are today and getting a nomination alongside Amitabhji and Manojji feels unreal to me”, says Namdev Gaurav on his nomination.

According to the producer, Namdev Gaurav has already got offers from other leading production houses and auditioning for future projects.

The film has been receiving an overwhelming response at other coveted international film festivals such as Busan International Film Festival, Dharamshala International Film Festival, MAMI – Mumbai Film Festival and IFFI – Goa, amongst many others.

Film Title (English): Namdev Bhau in search of Silence
Film Title (original): Namdev Bhau
Online Screener: https://vimeo.com/305011666
Password: silence
Director: Dar Gai (Female Director, 2nd Feature)
Production Country: India, Ukraine (minor co-pro)
Run-time: 84 mins
Cast: Namdev Gurav, Aarya Dave, Zoya Hussain
Music: Andrea Guerra (Academy Award/Grammy nominee for “Pursuit of Happiness”/”Hotel Rwanda”)
Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k6lO0hZBFio&feature=youtu.be
Production Company: Jugaad Motion Pictures
Festival Status:
Busan International Film Festival – World Premiere
BFI’s London Film Festival – UK Premier
Palm Springs International Film Festival – U.S. Premiere
Dharamshala International Film Festival – Opening Film
MAMI – Mumbai Film Festival – Indian Premier
IFFI, Goa – World Panorama
Goteborg Film Festival – Swedish Premier
Stuttgart IFF – Opening Film
Ulju Mountain Film Festival – Ulsan, South Korea
IFFLA – LA Premiere
MOOV – Belgian Premier
Dhaka International Film Festival – Best Feature Film
Asian Film Archive – Singapore Premier
Bangalore International Film Festival
Indo-German Film Week
Indie Meme Film Festival
East Asia Film Festival – Reggio, Italia
+ more to be announced

Short Synopsis : A 65-year-old chauffeur, who is tired of the noises in the obstreperous Mumbai City life and has completely stopped speaking, decides to leave everything in a search for ‘Silent Valley’ which boasts of a naturally occurring phenomenon having almost a zero decibel sound level. On this journey, he chances upon an exasperating 12-year old boy, who happens to be on his own solo expedition to the mystical “Red Castle”.

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