12th Fail to be screened at Shanghai Film Festival

Directed by Vidhu Vinod Chopra, the film stars Vikrant Massey and Medha Shankar
A poster from 12th Fail
A poster from 12th Fail

Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s 12th Fail will be screened at the Shanghai Film Festival. The film features Vikrant Massey and Medha Shankar. As per reports, Vikrant will be attending the screening of the film in Shanghai.

Released last year, 12th Fail turned out to be an unexpected hit at the box office. Made at a budget of Rs 20 crore, the film minted about Rs 70 crore.

Earlier, talking about the film, director Vidhu had said, “When I was making the film (12th Fail), I was told by everyone, including my dearest wife (film critic Anupama Chopra), to put it out on OTT. She said, ‘Nobody will go to see yours and Vikrant’s film. On top of this, these (trade) agencies were writing that the film will open at Rs 2 lakh and do a lifetime business of ₹30 lakh. Everyone scared me,” he said.

“When we talk about numbers, Rs 100 crore, now there’s Rs 500 crore, Rs 1,000 crore, Rs 2,000 crore, but to me it boils down to one thing: 'What is your intention, why are you making that film?' You make an honest film and it can reach those numbers,” he said.

12th Fail is based on a true story and draws from the struggles of the millions of students who attempt the UPSC entrance exam. Besides Vikrant and Medha, the film also stars Harish Khanna, Anshumaan Pushkar, and Anant Joshi, among others. It is based on Anurag Pathak's novel of the same name, about the journey of IPS officer Manoj Kumar Sharma and IRS officer Shraddha Joshi.

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