Tough questions of land development and indigenous rights fuel this tense thriller featuring a woman hellbent on revenge.
Dir. Devashish Makhija / India / 2023 / Hindi with English subtitles
Following a violent incident, Dasru (Manoj Bajpayee) and his wife have left rural Jharkhand to struggle in the big city. But when they are recognised by someone from their past, Dasru must go on the run with their three-month-old baby, Joram. On their trail is a Mumbai police officer, increasingly out of his depth as he navigates the corrupt politics of land development, armed resistance, and an almost Wake In Fright level of lawless threat from local police themselves. Meanwhile, all is observed by ice-blooded Phulo Karma, self-styled voice of her community, and a chilling villain for our times. Director Devashish Makhija (Ajji, Bhonsle) delivers intense genre filmmaking with heart-stopping moments of peril, while bringing piercing intelligence and empathy to the globally resonant struggles of indigenous people facing displacement.
Kate Taylor, Programme Director
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Writer-director: Devashish Makhija
Devashish Makhija is a filmmaker, screenwriter, writer and poet. He began his journey as a researcher and assistant on Anurag Kashyap’s 2007 Black Friday. His short and feature films have competed and won awards at the international film festivals of Rotterdam, Gothenberg, Beaune, Black Nights, Busan, Glasgow, Tampere, MOMA, APSA, Barcelona, Singapore, amongst many others.
Makhija is a multi-practice artist. He has had his own solo art show, Occupying Silence, and is a prolific writer with a vast range of published work, having written the bestselling children's books When Ali became Bajrangbali and Why Paploo Was Perplexed, Forgetting, a Harper-Collins collection of short stories, in addition to the multiple award-winning novel Oonga and an anthology of poems, Bewilderness.
Producers: Shariq Patel, Ashima Avasthi Chaudhuri, Anupama Bose, Devashish Makhija
Cast: Manoj Bajpayee, Mohd. Zeeshan Ayyub, Smitha Tambe
Sales Agent: ZEE Studios
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Photo: Manoj Bajpayee (Dasru) in Joram
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