Urf

  • 93'
  • India
  • 2022

Lookalikes are as much part of Indian popular cinema’s romance with stardom as the super celebrities they – sometimes more and sometimes less – resemble. The Juniors, as they’re popularly referred to, live a paradoxical existence all of their own: if one meets Kishore Bhanushali on the streets, it's like time is out of joint, for he looks like Golden Age-icon Dev Anand – in the 1960s! It’s fitting that Bhanushali is also a stand-up comedian, as the Juniors are in equal parts paeans to and parodies of the original stars. The Juniors even have their own films, which are often satirical revisions of beloved classics.

Geetika Narang Abbasi took the making of one such a lookalike extravaganza – Iqbal Suleman’s 2017 Amir Salman Shahrukh – as a starting point from which to describe the lives of several Juniors, and to wonder: how original can a human being ever be? Or, put another way: discover the true meaning of popular for popular cinema!

Director
Geetika Narang Abbasi
Premiere
World premiere
Country of production
India
Production Year
2022
Festival Edition
IFFR 2022
Length
93'
Medium
DCP
International title
a.k.a.
Language
Hindi
Producers
Geetika Narang Abbasi, Desmond Roberts, Yassir Abbasi, Kamil Mohd Ali
Production Company
Also Ran Films
Sales
Also Ran Films
Cinematography
Yasir Abbasi
Editor
Geetika Narang Abbasi
Sound Design
Pratik Biswas
Music
Mohammad Adnan Siddiqui, Joell Mukherjii