Maazii (2013)

Category: Released Film

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Plot

Maazii is essentially a thriller that travels from the hills of Mussoorie to the plains of western UP. It is a story about a couple Tarun (Sumit Nijhawan) and Shrishti (Mona Wasu) who have a near perfect relationship. However, by a twist of fate, an unfortunate accident occurs which brings Tarun's life into the limelight and turns him into a hero overnight. The events that follow not only shatter the peaceful life of the family but also put them in grave danger. But when his daughter, Minal (Saanvi Sharma) is kidnapped at the hands of an unknown assailant, Tarun will stop at nothing to get her back safely. He must now return to his roots and find out who is wreaking havoc in his life and what is the motive behind it.

Filming

The first half of the film was shot in the scenic locations of Mussourie and Dehradun, and the second half was mostly shot in the rustic and raw locations of Meerut. The flashback portion of the film was filmed in Rao Raj Vilas fort in Kuchesar, near Meerut. The shooting was completed within the pre-decided schedule of 31 days from 29 October to 2 November 2012.

Release

The film was released across the country on 27 September 2013. However, being a debutorial venture without any big names attached to it, despite great critical acclaim, Maazii failed to get many screens. On 2 October, Besharam's release wiped Maazii out of theaters, but since Besharam tanked, Maazii got another opportunity and was re-released in cinemas on 11 October 2013.

Controversies

Despite good critic reviews, the film was not given many screens. In an interview, the producers of the film reported that several multiplex chains had demanded money in return for giving them shows. This led to a wave of controversy with several other producers and directors coming forward to claim that they had faced similar extortion at the hands of multiplex chains.

Release Date 27th September 2013
Banner FilmyBOX MOvies & Jaideep Chopra Productions
Producer(s) Narendra Singh & Jaideep Chopra
Director Jaideep Chopra
Music Director Faizan Hussain and Agnel Roman
Star Cast Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub
Ashok Banthia
Manish Chaudhary
Mohit Chauhan
Vansh Chopra
Zakir Hussain
Manav Kaushik
Sumit Nijhawan
Mukesh Rishi
Saanvi Sharma
Pankaj Tripathy
Mona Wasu
Writer(s) Shirish Sharma & Sumit Nijhawan
Lyricist Swanand Kirkire & Arun Kumar
DoP Surjodeep Ghosh
Editor Rameshwar S. Bhagat
Choreographer Mansi Aggarwal
Sound Enginner Chaitanya Modha
Publicist PRO Vijay Grover (Culture creation)
Publicity Design V&W
Music Company Filmybox

 

  • WON Best Independent Film 2013 by IBN LIVE

  • Mora Jiya as Best Raag Based Song 2013 by Radio Mirchi Music Awards

  • Won "honorable mention" at SUNSET FILM FESTIVAL LOS ANGELES 2014

  • Won "AWARD OF MERIT" at INDIE FILM FEST CALIFORNIA 2014

  • "OFFICIAL SELECTION" at DADA SAHEB PHALKE FILM FESTIVAL 2014

  • Mora Jiya as Best Raag Based Song 2013 by Radio Mirchi Music Awards
  • Won "honorable mention" at SUNSET FILM FESTIVAL LOS ANGELES 2014
  • won "AWARD OF MERIT" at INDIE FILM FEST CALIFORNIA 2014
  • "OFFICIAL SELECTION" at DADA SAHEB PHALKE FILM FESTIVAL 2014

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