In a refined balladic manner, this atmosphere-driven film tackles the fate of a repressed family in a village in the Punjab. The old and ill father joins a villagers’ protest against a landlord responsible for demolishing a house. His son Melu, a rickshaw driver in a nearby town who was injured during a labour strike, takes to drinking and wandering the streets. On the night of the lunar eclipse, some gunshots are heard and the village is impregnated with tension. Poor and marginalized, the characters silently but emphatically emanate restlessness and discontent.
The director creatively uses space as the silent witness of events. The successfully chosen cast of mostly authentic villagers contribute with their minimalistic performances to the contemplative atmosphere of the film. This was the last project of the late great Indian cineaste Mani Kaul, who acted as creative producer in this remarkable debut.

Original title
Anhey ghorhey da daan
Filmmaker
Gurvinder Singh
Country
India
Year
2011
Medium
35mm
Length
117’
Language
Punjabi (Panjabi)
Producer
Nina Lath Gupta
Production Company
National Film Development Corporation India
Sales
National Film Development Corporation India
Writer
Gurvindar Singh, based on the novel by Gurdial Singh
Cinematography
Satya Rai Nagpaul
Editor
Ujjwal Chandra
Production Design
Pankaj Dhiman
Sound Design
Mandar Kulkarni
Music
Catherine Lamb
Cast
Mal Singh, Samuel John