Ajji

  • 104'
  • India
  • 2017

Granny (ajji) desperately searches for her 9-year-old granddaughter, who has gone outdoors at night to do a small chore and does not return. After thoroughly searching their slum, they find her brutally raped. The authorities hesitate to make a conclusive investigation since it appears that the perpetrator is a local goon whose father runs a huge business. Granny decides to get justice nevertheless and makes a detailed plan.

Most of the scenes are set during the night, and the skilfully created atmosphere of dread along with the masterful, dynamic camera movements through small alleys not only bring out the tension in the slum but also the darkness of the characters.

In his second film, this talented newcomer from Bengal poses wise and relevant questions about this important issue in India today, and about the relation between an individual's moral principles and those of the surrounding society.

Director
Devashish Makhija
Country of production
India
Production Year
2017
Festival Edition
IFFR 2018
Length
104'
Medium
DCP
Language
Hindi
Producers
Shoaib Lokhandwala, Siddharth Anand Kumar
Production Companies
Saregama India, Yoodlee Films
Sales
Charades
Screenplay
Devashish Makhija, Mirat Trivedi
Cinematography
Jishnu Bhattacharjee
Editor
Ujjwal Chandra
Production Design
Sikander Ahmad, Shamim Khan, Tiya Tejpal
Sound Design
Kaamod Kharade
Music
Mangesh Dhakde
Cast
Sushma Deshpande, Sharvani Suryavanshi, Saadiya Siddique, Abhishek Banerjee, Vikas Kumar, Smita Tambe, Sudhir Pandey