MAMI To Take Us Back To Shah Rukh’s Early Cinema With ‘Ahamaq’

Watch Shah Rukh Khan’s first foray into cinema with the Doordarshan mini-series ‘Ahamaq’ coming to Jio MAMI. 

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Shah Rukh Khan in scenes from <i>Ahamaq</i>. (Photo courtesy: YouTube/<a href="">SRKInMyBlood</a>)

Shah Rukh Khan's unreleased mini series-turned-film Ahamaq will be screened at the upcoming 18th edition of the Mumbai Film Festival. The film was first released as a four part TV mini-series on Doordarshan in 1991. The actor tweeted requesting all his fans to book tickets and go back with him down memory lane to what was his first foray into cinema.

Directed by Mani Kaul, the film was first released as a four part TV mini-series on Doordarshan in 1991. Later, in 1992, Ahamaq was also screened at the New York Film Festival. But it never saw the light of day commercially.


Based on Fyodor Dostoevsky’s novel The Idiot, Ahamaq will feature in MAMI’s brand new section called, ‘The New Medium’. This segment will be curated by artist Shaina Anand and the unedited mini-series will be presented as a four-hour long film. Key members of the original cast and crew including actor Meeta Vasisht and cinematographer Piyush Shah among others will talk about their experience of working with Kaul and Khan in Ahamaq.

Interestingly, the film will be accompanied by a live background score performed by the Vitaly Tkachuk Quartet from Ukraine.

We are truly excited to present this new section – my personal favourite section – which showcases some of the more bold and seminal experiments in filmmaking. I hope film lovers will take this opportunity to experience works like the newly restored ‘Man with a Movie Camera’ accompanied by live music, and Lav Diaz’ ‘Evolution of a Filipino Family’, among others.
Kiran Rao, Filmmaker and Festival Chairperson, Jio MAMI 18th Mumbai Film Festival

The section will feature the best in innovative film-making by scouring the living history of cinema – from its inception to the contemporary moment.

Among the 14 titles that will screen throughout the festival are Uday Shankar’s Kalpana (1948) restored by the World Cinema Foundation, and an iconic work of expanded cinema – the two-screen Light Music (1975) by Lis Rhodes, will be installed inside the theatre.

The 18th Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival will showcase a variety of cinematic expressions from 20 to 27 October.

(With inputs from PTI)

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