Meel Patthar (English: Milestone) is a 2020 Indian Hindi-language drama film co-written, edited and directed by Ivan Ayr and produced by Kimsi Singh. Starring Suvinder Vicky and Lakshvir Saran in major roles, the story follows a truck driver who tries to cope with the tragic death of his wife. The film premiered in the Orrizonti (Horizons) section of the 77th Venice International Film Festival on 3 September, 2020. It was also screened at the 25th Busan International Film Festival and the Pingyao International Film Festival. Meel Patthar won the Best Film award while Vicky was given the Best Performer Award in the Asian feature film category at the Singapore International Film Festival. Netflix acquired the distribution rights of the film and it was released worldwide on the platform on 7 May 2021.
Suvinder Vicky as Ghalib
Lakshvir Saran as PasProduction
The film is partially in Punjabi language as the protagonist is Punjabi who is working in the New Delhi region. It was shot in January and February in 2020. Ayr said that the film “tells you where you are and how much further you have to go.” Further explaining: “Like how we say there is a significant moment or milestone one has crossed, that is there in the film. He gets to a certain milestone which he is unaware of and certain things begin to happen which makes things uncertain.” After the nation wide lockdown was imposed, Ayr got the film edited and sound-mixed from a remote location. The film was shot in a village in Haryana. To get into how truck drivers operate, Ayr spent time with several one of them for the research in Delhi and Chandigarh. Both the actors took truck driving lessons for their role.
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