NEW DELHI — The trailer of Neeraj Ghaywan’s directorial debut “Masaan,” which garnered much appreciation at the 68th Cannes International Film Festival this year, was released in India June 26. It shows the darker side of Indian society through the lives of two women.

The trailer shows the lives of two women in the backdrop of Varanasi. On one hand, there is actress Richa Chadha’s character trapped in a MMS scandal by corrupt police officials. On the other hand, there’s actress Shweta Tripathi, whose character falls in love with a man from a lower caste and burns dead bodies for a living.

Ghaywan has portrayed the lives of young Indian women trapped in social prejudice and small town mentality with utmost realism through the film, which won two awards at Cannes.

The film, produced by Drishyam Films, Phantom Films, Macassar Productions and Sikhya Entertainment, stars Sanjay Mishra and Chadha in lead roles, along with newcomers Tripathi and Vicky Kaushal.

“Masaan” is scheduled to hit Indian theaters July 24.

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