In a city in the densely populated state of Maharashtra in Western India, people are getting ready for the annual big feast honouring Ganesha, the elephant-headed god of wisdom, prosperity and happiness. At the same time, however, this also leads to ever more violent tensions between the dominant ethnic group, the Marathi, and Bihari immigrants. Bhonsle, a recently fired policeman, looks on with resignation.

As in his previous film Ajji (IFFR 2018), productive young Bengali filmmaker Devashish Makhija once again raises incisive, urgent questions about contemporary India. Who decides who belongs, and who doesn’t? Ganesha may be celebrated as the patron of new beginnings, but for Bhonsle it seems as if the end is nigh. He has a reputation in his block as a strict, angry neighbour, feared but also respected. This comes under pressure when he becomes involved with his new young Bihari neighbour Sita, which brings the conflict – literally – to his door.

Director
Devashish Makhija
Country of production
India
Production Year
2018
Festival Edition
IFFR 2019
Length
133'
Medium
DCP
Language
Hindi
Producers
Abhayanand Singh, Sandiip Kapur, Piiyush Singh, Shabana Raza Bajpayee, Saurabh Gupta
Production Companies
Golden Ratio Films, Promodome Motion Pictures, Indie Muviz
Sales
Indie Muviz
Cinematography
Jimet Wangchuk
Editor
Shweta Venkat Mathew
Production Design
Shamim Khan, Sikander Ahmad
Sound Design
Kaamod Kharade
Music
Mangesh Dhakde
Cast
Manoj Bajpayee, Santosh Juvekar , Ipshita Chakraborty Singh, Virat Vaibhav