Abhishek Banerjee’s Stolen gets the loudest cheers at The MAMI Film Festival 2023
The internationally acclaimed thriller ‘Stolen,’ featuring Abhishek Banerjee and produced by Gaurav Dhingra, made its much-anticipated return to its home country as it headed to The Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival 2023. The festival, organized by the Mumbai Academy of Moving Image (MAMI), has been a hub for South Asia, connecting emerging talent to the worldwide festival ecosystem since its inception in 1997. This year’s festival took place from October 27 to November 5, and ‘Stolen’ had its screenings on 29th, 31st October, and 2nd November 2023.
‘Stolen’ quickly became the festival’s full house, with every seat filled to witness the intense narrative and exceptional performances. The response from the audience was nothing short of spectacular, as the film garnered an incredible round of applause and a well-deserved standing ovation, leaving a mark on the hearts of the audiences and cementing its status as a standout feature of the event. The film tells the story of a five-month-old baby’s abduction from her mother, witnessed by two city-bred brothers. Their strained relationship becomes even more complex as they get involved in the investigation, trying to aid the distressed mother.
Director Karan Tejpal along with Producer Gaurav Dhingra in a joint statement expressed his excitement about ‘Stolen’ returning to India and being screened at The Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival 2023, saying, “We experienced a range of emotions as we bring our film back to India, a moment we had eagerly anticipated on our journey to showcase it to the world. We were eagerly looking forward to hearing the audience’s reactions and what they take away from our film. There’s truly no greater joy than sharing your film with your people and homeland. We’re thrilled and want to express our sincere gratitude to The Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival for including our film. To make it even more special, ‘Stolen’ was a full house at the MAMI festival, receiving an incredible round of applause and a standing ovation from the enthusiastic audience. This overwhelming response serves as a testament to the impact of our film and the dedication of our team.”
Directed by Karan Tejpal and produced by Gaurav Dhingra of Jungle Book Studio, ‘Stolen’ also features Shubham and Mia Maelzer in pivotal roles. The film had already garnered rave reviews internationally, and its screening at the prestigious Mumbai Film Festival marked a significant moment in its journey.