Sherdil: The Pilibhit Saga dwells on adverse aspects of urbanization

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Sayani Gupta and Pankaj Tripathi in Sherdil: The Pilibhit Saga Photo: T-Series

Sherdil: The Pilibhit Saga, inspired by actual events, stars Pankaj Tripathi, Neeraj Kabi and Sayani Gupta. T-Series and Reliance Entertainment have joined hands with Match Cut Productions in making this dark humor-laced satire written and directed by National award-winner Srijit Mukherji.

The insightful story narrates the adverse effects of urbanization, man-animal conflict and poverty leading to a bizarre practice in a village that resides on the edge of a forest.

Srijit Mukherji, winner of multiple National Awards, has directed critically- acclaimed films like Autograph (2010), Jaatishwar (2014), Chotushkone (2015), Rajkahini (2015), Ek Je Chilo Raja (2019) in the Bengali language among others. Sherdil – The Pilibhit Saga will be his second Hindi film after the 2017 period drama, Begum Jaan, which did not do well but had wonderful performances and great music by Anu Malik.

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Srijit’s films have also travelled to prominent International film festivals like Palm Springs International Film Festival in California, Abu Dhabi International Film Festival, MIAAC Film Festival in New York, Glasgow International Film Festival, London Indian Film Festival among others.

This being Srijit Mukherji’s dream project, he says, “I am glad to re-unite with Reliance Entertainment. I got inspired by the real incident of tragic practices in villages bordering the Pilibhit Tiger Reserve, and I knew I had to capture it in my next. It takes great courage to sacrifice one’s life to save the family and my film revolves around this heroism with a focus on man and nature conflict. This subject is really close to my heart and I hope it will ignite the same emotions with the audiences regarding various social issues in our society.”

The film will hit the screens on June 24.

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