Majid Majidi’s Indian Movie Beyond The Clouds Is Releasing On 20th April 2018
The celebrated Iranian filmmaker Majid Majidi, considered by many as one of the best in the world, has his eyes set on Mumbai, India for his next movie. He is known for movies like Children of Heaven (1997) and The Color of Paradise (2000), Baran (2001) and The Willow Tree (2009). Majidi‘s latest venture is, much to the delight of Indian movie fans, an Indian movie titled Beyond The Clouds. (Scroll down for the trailer)
For Beyond The Clouds, Majidi has roped in academy award winner A R Rahman for music. It’s written by Mehran Kashani and Majid Majidi himself. It stars Ishaan Khatter and Malavika Mohanan in lead roles.
Ishaan Khatter is actor Shahid Kapoor‘s half brother and yesteryear actress Neelima Azeem’s son. Ishaan has acted before in movies like Vaah! Life Ho Toh Aisi!(2005) and Udta Punjab (2016). His movie Dhadak, based on the social issue of honor killing in Rajasthan, which also stars Srievi’s debutant daughter Janhvi Kapoor, is slated to release in July of 2018.
Malavika Mohanan has had moderate success in four Malyalam movies and one Kannada movies. Beyond The Clouds is her debut in Hindi/English movies.
Beyond The Clouds is the story of Teenager Amir, who is constantly dodging trouble while dealing drugs in the underbelly of Mumbai. Following a drug bust, he evades the cops and ends up on the doorstep of his estranged sister Tara. Complications from concealing Amir land Tara in jail, but she still sees her brother as her only hope of living in the outside world again. While their lives have been darkened by despair, hope may shine from beyond the clouds.
When Majidi set his eyes on India and started actively working on the movie, he approached casting director Honey Trehan to scout talents. Ishaan, apparently, aced the look test and suited the role of the brother perfectly. Talking about his young leading hero, Majidi said, “Ishaan is a wonderful boy. He is extremely talented and I feel, he will have a bright future in the film industry.”
In November of 2016, Deepika Padukone was seen doing look tests with with Majidi at the famous Dhobi ghat in Mumbai. She almost went unnoticed in her look that she sported while seated on one of the ghats alongside Majidi. Pictures of her doing the look test went viral over the internet in no time along with rumors of her starring in the movie.
But in January of 2017, Majidi confirmed that Deepika was not getting the part. A source close to the film’s unit also said that the filmmaker “let her pass because she didn’t fit the bill,” reported mid-day.
According to mid-day three other actresses were shortlisted for the role. “Besides Deepika, three other leading actresses were shortlisted for the role, but no one has been confirmed yet. Deepika is not part of the film for sure. The fact that pictures from her meeting with Majidi were leaked didn’t favor her case either. To many in Majidi‘s team, it seemed that the actress was using the audition of the film to further her interests on the international arena. At that time, Majidi didn’t know of Deepika‘s standing in the industry. His only prerogative was to get right actors for his story,” mid-day quoted the source as saying.
Following is the trailer of the movie.
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