The 20th edition of India's biggest film event, the Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival with Star (a bit of an unwieldy name that folks usually shorten to "MAMI"), opens this Friday October 26th, with one of its most expansive line ups to date. The festival, which has established itself in the last several years to be the prime destination for movie fans in South Asia, is set to screen over 200 films at venues all over Mumbai, and frankly, it can all be a bit intimidating.
We've taken a look at the films in the program and picked out 15 that we've either seen and can vouch for, or haven't yet seen but are really excited to check out. The list is a split between the festival's incredible line up of Indian independents, international favorites, and repertory screenings. It was hard to whittle this list down, but take it as a starting point for those of you attempting to put together a schedule.
The Man Who Feels No Pain (Mard Ko Dard Nahi Hota) - Playing its hometown premiere, MAMI 2018's opening night gala presentation is Vasan Bala's martial arts comedy is hot off a win at the Toronto International Film Festival as the best of the Midnight Madness section. It's an action packed paean to action films from Bollywood and beyond and never not entertaining. A little bit early '80s Amitabh Bachchan potboiler, and a little bit early '90s Stephen Chow action comedy, Mard ko Dard Nahi Hota is all fun.