Filmmaker Lekh Tandon’s last directorial venture “Phir Usi Mod Par” based on the controversial issue of Triple Talaq will be exhibited at the Berlin Film Festival on Feb. 24.
In a career that spanned 55 years, the veteran director dabbled in everything from direction and production to acting, scriptwriting and doing television in all these spheres as well. Tandon has also been credited with discovering Shah Rukh Khan whom he cast in his television serial. Lyricist Irshad Kamil also got his Mumbai break through Tandon, who passed away on Oct. 15, 2017.
“Phir Usi Mod Par” is set to be released in March. After Tandon’s demise, his close friends Trinetra Bajpai and Kanika Bajpai have taken the onus of releasing the film. The former has also given music to the film, and his wife Kanika has sung a song and played an important role. Parmeet Sethi and Govind Namdeo are cast in key roles.
The screening witnessed a jam-packed theatre with 120 film experts giving a standing ovation to the avant-garde movie. At the cocktail reception to follow at Waldorf Astoria; critics and filmgoers unanimously heaped generous praise on the film, applauding its bold subject, performances, music, and singing and, of course, the direction. The film’s team at Berlin comprised Kanika Bajpai, Trinetra Bajpai, Anil Tipnis and Suresh Singh Bishnoi.
Tandon passed away last year and was a veteran filmmaker who worked from the 1940s and also was associated with big names like Raj Kapoor. His film, “Amrapali,” a flop when first released in 1966, gradually became a cult film thanks to its message, content, and music and earned its producer, the late F.C. Mehra, more money than all his hits, including Tandon’s “Professor!”