Hrithik Roshan presents ‘Pushtaini’, Vinod Rawat’s directorial debut

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Bollywood star Hrithik Roshan has appointed his acting coach Vinod Rawat’s directorial debut ‘Pushtaini’ (‘Ancestral’) as presenter.

Rawat, who previously co-directed season 1 of Disney+ Hotstar’s Emmy-nominated series ‘Aarya’ with Ram Madhvani, has been Roshan’s acting coach since ‘Kaabil’ (2017).

In Pushtaini, Rawat stars as Bhuppi, a struggling actor who is desperate for his last chance at fame after being embroiled in an embarrassing scandal. Forced to return to his home and face his past, Bhuppi travels through the mountains sharing adventures with strangers, unaware of what the journey has in store for him.

The film features a cameo by Rajkummar Rao. It is written by Rawat and co-written by Rita Heer, who also plays a prominent character in the film. Moreover, the film features non-professional actors, including Rawat’s own family members.

‘Pushtaini’ debuted at the 2023 Mumbai Film Festival. It is produced by Lotus Dust Pictures and Rawat’s VinRaw Films. It will be released theatrically across India on June 21 by Shiladitya Bora’s Platoon Distribution, known for releasing indies like Rohena Gera’s Cannes title ‘Sir’, Chaitanya Tamhane’s Venice winner ‘Court’ and Anamika Haksar’s Sundance debut ‘Ghode Ko Jalebi Khilane Le Jaa Riya Hoon.”

“Vinod Rawat’s Pushtaini left me completely in awe,” said Roshan. “Vinod was not only exceptional as an actor, playing Bhuppi with all his heart, but also showed incredible mastery of the craft as a director. I was impressed with the way he wore all the hats and delivered a film full of moments that stayed with me long after the screen went black. I am proud of the leap that Vinod has made and look forward to presenting his debut to a wider audience. This is for the team. This is for all those who dream, for those who overcome their fears and strive to perform honestly.”

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Rawat added, “All a debut filmmaker needs is a leap of faith and a soft whisper from your close friends. Then to get the support of Hrithik, who I have known and admired immensely over the years, is a big moment for me. I had the pleasure of working with him. And now working together again, but in a different capacity, is exciting. After a hugely successful premiere at the Mumbai Film Festival, I am thrilled that ‘Pushtaini’ will finally be seen by the world.”

“I am also grateful to Rajkummar Rao, who believed in my creative vision and therefore agreed to support ‘Pushtaini’ with an extremely special cameo. It is a deeply personal film, shot in my ancestral village in Uttarakhand, which explores several sensitive themes such as a father-son relationship, the challenges of migration and an aspiring actor’s navigation through the complexities of his journey.

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