The Indian version of the Bollywood classic Kumbh Mena is set to make its first foray into the Pisco Beach camping fest on Sunday, when a screening of the film in Bengaluru will mark its official debut.
The festival, which started on December 4 and runs till February 3, is the brainchild of Kumbha Mela Film Festival and Kumbhakar Kishore, who was the first filmmaker to direct the film at the festival.
Kishor Kishori, who heads the festival, told the Times of Indian that the festival had approached the Kumbhatikaran family of the band Chirajak to set up the film festival for a reason.
Kumbhari Mela, who has also directed films at the BHIT and Kolkata’s Kolkunji, is a well-known Kumbharep actor and singer who is known for his role in the Hindi film Kaali Kaali.
The film has been released three times in the last five years and is a hit with Indian audiences.
The Kumbhalis have been making regular visits to the festival to make sure that the film is in the minds of the audience.
The fest will host a screening for the film on Sunday.
The first screening was held on December 5, when the film won the Grand Jury Award.
The festival is a showcase for Indian cinema and the Bhopal-set Kumbhar mela is one of the top-grossing films of the year.
The Bhopals, a group of farmers who migrate from Kerala to the West Bengal state of Karnataka for farming and domestic work, are the main characters in the film.
The Bhopali Mela has also made its way to theatres across the world and has been lauded for its gripping story and its gritty portrayal of the plight of the rural poor.
It also stars Rajkumar Yadav as Kumbhra, a farmer who loses his land and his home to forest fire and eventually becomes the town’s headman.
The mela was also recently released in the US.