Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s ’12th Fail’ gears up for release in China; director shares excitement

Following its success in India, Vidhu Vinod Chopra is gearing up to release his Vikrant Massey-starrer 12th Fail in China, confident in its ability to resonate universally. The film starring Vikrant Massey and Medha Shankar in the lead roles.

Vidhu Vinod Chopra's '12th Fail' gears up for release in China; director shares excitement

“We are releasing (12th Fail) in China in a big way this year,” Chopra told Variety during a conversation. “I was invited to Macau by Marco Mueller for the Asia-Europe Young Cinema film festival. We had a standing ovation in China. And for me that was very gratifying. There were Hindi dialogues, and I of course couldn’t read the subtitles in Chinese. But the way people were clapping, the audience’s reaction was incredible. I have no doubt that this film will do very well.”

“Not only in China, but in every market where there is struggle… where, like in the movie, there is a big government job that you can get through exams and then that changes your life. Where that one exam changes your life forever. Wherever that is… of course in China, in Korea… wherever that is, the film will do very well, because the people will relate to the struggle of the protagonist,” he added.

12th Fail revolves around UPSC aspirants and is based on real-life experiences. The slice-of-life drama aptly showcases the struggles of millions of students who attempt the UPSC entrance exam. Notably, it is a biographical drama that chronicles the life of Manoj Kumar Sharma, who overcame poverty to achieve the position of an IPS officer.

Meanwhile, 12th Fail is now streaming on Disney+ Hotstar.


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