Monday, September 10, 2018 17:02 IST
Vasan Bala is back with a coming-of-age story in quirkily titled "Mard Ko Dard Nahi Hota", which premiered at the ongoing Toronto International Film Festival's Midnight Madness segment and has been getting some rave reviews.
The film screened in the Midnight Madness section of the festival where movies in action, horror, shock and fantasy genre are placed. The Midnight Madness strand at TIFF is always a highlight.
Some of the reviews from the premier are been mentioned below:
Paul Heath wrote, "It is a glorious B-movie homage to kung fu and exploitation films of the VHS era: martial arts films, Bollywood extravaganzas, Shaw Brothers shoestring epics, Django and Western movies, American trash classics. It stars Abhimanyu Dassani (son of popular Bollywood star Bhagyashree) in his acting debut and is the first Indian movie to play TIFF's Midnight Madness Section."
Website Fusia wrote, "Seasoned with delirious pop-culture references and freewheeling fisticuffs, Bala's film endearingly synthesizes the infectious vivacity of Bollywood masala extravaganzas with the irreverent martial arts mayhem of vintage Stephen Chow, underpinning this amusingly serpentine story with a through line about personal empowerment."
The trailer opens with a young guy talking about how his dream in life is different from everyone else's.
While everyone else wants to be a pilot, a doctor, the Prime Minister or something along these lines, he wants to fight and stop all the chain snatchers in his city.
Just then, a bulb drops on his head and he starts to bleed. It is then revealed that he suffers from a rare disease called congenital insensitivity to pain, which means he literally can feel no pain.
The film revolves around a man with congenital insensitivity to pain, hence the title. It's English title is "The Man Who Feels No Pain".
Produced by Ronnie Screwvala under the banner of RSVP, Mard Ko Dard Nahi Hota is written and directed by Vasan Bala. Starring Abhimanyu Dassani, Radhika Madan, Gulshan Devaiah, Mahesh Manjrekar and Jimit Trivedi.