Innovative vocalist Suman and transgender rickshaw driver Khush, who was once a woman, keep crossing paths as he transports her to concerts. This hybrid fiction with documentary elements follows them around Mumbai where traditions, religion, Bollywood glamour and gesture politics compete for precedence. Both protagonists are looking for identity, happiness and love in a world in which the delineated concepts of gender and caste seem stuck. Khush feels betrayed by his girl and tries to come to terms with this; Suman sings about the difficult position of women in India using punk rock, jazz and even musical slam poetry. Video artist Natasha Mendonca uses an original form to sketch this artistic portrait of male-female relations and alternative lifestyles in contemporary India. She utilises multiple media and the distorted sound of a variety of songs overlaps. A groundbreaking insight into an Indian metropolis both in theme and form.

Original title
Ajeeb aashiq
Filmmaker
Natasha Mendonca
Premiere
World premiere
Country
India
Year
2016
Medium
DCP
Length
75’
Language
English, Hindi, Marathi
Producer
Natasha Mendonca
Production Company
Transient Films
Sales
Transient Films
Writer
Natasha Mendonca
Cinematography
Natasha Mendonca
Editor
Natasha Mendonca
Sound Design
Natasha Mendonca
Music
Suman Sridhar
Cast
Suman Sridhar
Website
http://www.natashamendonca.com