Actress Kareena Kapoor Khan’s streaming debut Jaane Jaan has been selected as the opening film of The Himalayan Film Festival 2023. Short film Last Days of Summer, directed by Stenzin Tankong, will also open the festival.
Helmed by Sujoy Ghosh, Jaane Jaan also stars Vijay Varma and Jaideep Ahlawat. The film is based in Kalimpong and is the official adaptation of the bestselling novel Devotion of Suspect X by Keigo Higashino.
Excited to bring his film to the festival, Sujoy Ghosh said in a statement, “It’s an honour to be a part of The Himalayan Film Festival 2023. As a fellow warrior, we all must be inspired by the efforts of THFF and similar festivals to take films to every part of the world. That is so fantastic and we should all walk together because nothing unites us more than a good film. My film Jaane Jaan, which is slated to release on Netflix India, will be screened at the festival and I could not be happier”
Kareena Kapoor Khan said, “I am super excited that Jaane Jaan by Netflix India is going to screen at The Himalayan Film Festival in Ladakh, which happens to be one of my most favourite places. It’s an absolutely wonderful place and I have such a deep connection with it.”
Last Days of Summer is set against the breathtaking backdrop of the Himalayas which follows two young shepherds who are haunted by a recurring mysterious sound that only they can hear. Determined to uncover the truth, they embark on a perilous journey into the unknown, leading them to unravel a spine-tingling mystery.
Stenzin Tankong, Director and Co-Producer of the opening film – Last Days of Summer, also expressed his happiness. “No honour is bigger, no platform is more important than my home here in Ladakh to showcase my film. THFF is my home. The film deals with real issues that my community faces due to climate change. The nomadic culture of Changthang is on the brink of extinction. I would like for the world to come together in understanding our issues, issues of one of the remotest regions, rarest of cultures and heritage of India and world at large,” he said.
Avinash Arun Dhaware’s Three of Us, starring Shefali Shah, Jaideep Ahlawat and Swanand Kirkire, will close The Himalayan Film Festival.