Calcutta, Oct 19, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) Counter-culture Bengali film-maker Q's new feature film GANDU will have it's world premiere at the 2010 South Asian International Film Festival (SAIFF). Payal Sethi's 17-minute short film GRANT ST. SHAVING CO. will also have it's North American premiere at SAIFF 2010.
Both films are scheduled to be screened on Oct 29 starting 7:30 PM.
Q is an internationally acclaimed film-maker who has delivered films like Love In India and Bishh that challenge the senses and established social cliches and make the audience think.
Synopsis of Gandu (Asshole)
Gandu hates his life. He hates his mother. She is the mistress of a local businessman. As his mother sells sex in the apartment the man has let them live in, Gandu picks the man’s pocket. In his dream, Gandu raps out the hate, anger, dirt and filth of his existence.
One day he finds a friend, a strange Rikshaw-puller, a devotee of Bruce Lee. Together, they dive into a dark fantasy. Smack, rap, porn, horror. And, within that, a glimmer of hope. This delirium meets with harsh reality checks, and the end of the mother-son relationship.
The narrative becomes fragmented and abstract, a head rush of emotion, graphic sex and finally Gandu the rapper getting a breakthrough. We do not know whether it is dream or reality. Surreal and bizarre come together, as the two friends lose their grip and the film takes over.
Synopsis of Grant St. Shaving Co.
Vimal is visiting his daughter in New York City when he breaks his favorite razor, a first anniversary gift from his late wife procured during another trip taken decades earlier. He sets off alone to find the Grant St. Shaving Co. and replace the razor. Along the way, he meets a friendly van driver, who offers to take him there after completing his deliveries. The delivery route turns into an impromptu tour of the city and Vimal begins to experience visions of his wife as a newlywed all those years ago.
His final vision of her, at the Shaving Co., fades to reveal a boarded up shop. Vimal returns home without the razor. He makes a cup of chai for his exhausted daughter, who in turn surprises him with a razor not unlike his own.
Cast: Krishen Mehta, Pia Shah, Ankur Bhatia, Aadya Bedi
The South Asian International Film Festival (SAIFF) is the largest film premiere destination for South Asian/Indian filmmakers in the United States. SAIFF was founded in New York City due to the lack of support for many emerging filmmakers and the overall underrepresentation of Indian cinema in a capital that is recognized by the world as the birthplace of independent filmmaking! The Festival is committed to exhibiting films from South Asia (i.e India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and Nepal) and within the Indian Diaspora. With a focus on dynamic, visionary cinema, SAIFF annually creates unprecedented exposure for filmmakers and unparallel experiences for its attendees. The 6th Annual South Asian International Film Festival will take place from October 27 - November 2, 2010.
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