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Mrinal Sen`s `Khandahar` makes second appearance at Cannes

New Delhi: Acclaimed filmmaker Mrinal Sen’s award-winning film ‘Khandahar’ will be screened once again at the Cannes International Film Festival -- first screened in Cannes 26 years ago, the film will be shown again later this week at the ongoing 63rd edition of the Festival.

The film starring Shabana Azmi, Naseeruddin Shah and Pankaj Kapoor, will be shown in the Cannes Classic 2010 programme Saturday. In 1984, it was screened in the `Un Certain Regard` section.

‘Khandahar’ is about a city-based photographer who falls in love with a heartbroken woman living in a ruined village.

The original print of the film had suffered from a number of material issues including bad splices, tearing, dirt, scratches, flickers, stabilization, grains, noises, splice bumps and image warps. The film`s audio was impaired with various anomalies following years of deterioration, said a statement.

As part of the National Film Archives of India`s initiative for digital restoration and content processing of over 1,000 classic films, Reliance MediaWorks undertook the restoration process for ‘Khandahar’ before sending it to the festival.

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