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Kareena Kapoor's The Buckingham Murders to open Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival on Oct 27

Updated on: 17 October,2023 01:41 PM IST  |  Mumbai
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Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival will be opened by the grand premiere of The Buckingham Murders, produced by Kareena Kapoor

Kareena Kapoor's The Buckingham Murders to open Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival on Oct 27

Kareena Kapoor in The Buckingham Murders

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Key Highlights

  1. The Buckingham Murders is directed by Hansal Mehta and produced by Ekta Kapoor
  2. Kareena Kapoor stars in the film and is also a co-producer
  3. The Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival will run from October 27 to November 5 this year

The Opening Night film at the Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival this year will be The Buckingham Murders, directed by Hansal Mehta. The film is co-produced by Ekta Kapoor and Kareena Kapoor Khan, who also stars in the film. The film will be screened on October 27 at the NMACC (Nita Mukesh Ambani Cultural Centre), following a successful World Premiere at the 67th BFI London Film Festival. The Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival will run from October 27 to November 5 this year.


Director Hansal Mehta’s moody procedural is an exploration of grief, our longing for closure, and captures the human cost of our polarised times. The story follows cop and single mother Jasmeet Bhamra (Kareena Kapoor Khan), who recently lost her child in a shooting spree, as she transfers to a market town north of London and is assigned the case of a missing child.


Anupama Chopra, Festival Director at Jio MAMI, says, "Hansal Mehta and Ektaa Kapoor have redefined storytelling across formats. In The Buckingham Murders, they join hands with another formidable artist - Kareena. We are delighted to announce The Buckingham Murders as the opening film at Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival.”


Director Hansal Mehta expresses, “The Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival has been home to me ever since my rebirth as a filmmaker with Shahid. Coming back here with The Buckingham Murders as the opening film is indeed a proud moment for me personally. It's the story of South Asian communities settled outside India, and it is heartening to see the world take notice of the kind of cinema we are now capable of producing in India. This movie is our labour of love. It’s a thriller, but at the heart of it is a human story about people we may know. Our biggest superpower is our inherent storytelling abilities, and those combined with stellar performances from our extremely talented actors and cutting-edge technology make the South Asian film industry a force to be reckoned with.”

Commenting on her film opening at Jio MAMI, Kareena Kapoor Khan said, “It's an honour for me as an actor and first-time co-producer that my film will open the Jio MAMI Mumbai film festival. It's a place where movies are celebrated and all creative art forms are honoured. Can’t be happier to have our film grace the stage at Jio MAMI. The Buckingham Murders is very special for me since it's my maiden voyage as a co-producer. Working with Hansal and Ektaa is a deeply satisfying and immersive process. We are only hoping our film will reach wider audiences and break barriers globally."

Producer Ektaa Kapoor adds, “I couldn't be more thrilled and honoured that 'The Buckingham Murders' graced the prestigious stage of the London Film Festival, and has now gone on to become the Opening Film at Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival! It's a truly exhilarating moment for our film and for everyone who poured their heart and soul into making it a reality. These platforms represent a confluence of the best in cinema from around the world, and it's immensely gratifying to see our work recognized on this global stage. My collaboration with Hansal and Kareena is special, and seeing our work recognized and appreciated at such prestigious festivals is not only a validation of our creative efforts but also a testament to the power of storytelling in bridging cultures and connecting people."

Hansal Mehta will be joined by Kareena Kapoor Khan and Ektaa R Kapoor at the film’s international premiere on Friday, October 27, at the Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival. 

Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival is back with its on-ground edition after three years, complete with a new vision to host the world’s biggest and most prestigious South Asian Film Festival. The festival is focused on building an ecosystem for new cinematic voices, facilitating the exchange of ideas, collaborations, and business opportunities, while bringing the best of world cinema to Mumbai.

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