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.

Screenings

  • Sun 27 Jan LantarenVenster 3
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  • Mon 28 Jan KINO 2
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  • Fri 1 Feb Cinerama 5
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Filmmaker
Devashish Makhija
Country
India
Year
2018
Medium
DCP
Length
133’
Language
Hindi
Producer
Abhayanand Singh, Sandiip Kapur, Piiyush Singh, Shabana Raza Bajpayee, Saurabh Gupta
Production Company
Golden Ratio Films, Promodome Motion Pictures, Indie Muviz
Sales
Indie Muviz
Writer
Devashish Makhija, Mirat Trivedi, Sharanya Rajgopal
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