Director Hansal Mehta's upcoming real life-inspired drama "Aligarh", starring Manoj Bajpayee, received an ovation after its world premiere at the ongoing 20th Busan International Film Festival.
The 47-year-old "Shahid" helmer took to Twitter to share the overwhelming response the film met with.
"Thank you #Busan for the overwhelming response to #Aligarh. Film got an ovation at the end. People were moved by the tale. Thank you!" Mehta tweeted.
"And yes, the big auditorium was PACKED. Really thank you #Busan for the love you showed to #Aligarh," he continued
"Aligarh" is based on the real-life incident of Dr Shrinivas Ramchandra Siras, who was terminated from his job because of his sexual orientation.
Siras, who was the professor of Marathi at the Aligarh Muslim University, later committed suicide. Bajpayee is playing the role of Siras in this movie, and National Award-winning actor Rajkummar Rao will be seen as a journalist in the film.
The 10-day festival (October 1-10) opened with "Masaan" famed actor Vicky Kaushal's "Zubaan", co-produced by Guneet Monga.
The festival will close with "Mountain Cry" directed by Larry Yang.