Kausalya lost her husband (Shankar), when they were attacked by her own family. They had married against their families wishes. Deeply disturbed by a spate of honor killings in India, Indianostrum, a Pondicherry based theatre group sets out to introspect the implications of caste, class and gender. They adapt Shakespeare’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’. What emerges in the process is a critical reflection and commentary of the contemporary Indian society where love struggles to survive.
Pankaj Rishi Kumar subtly keeps introducing the layers of complexity into the film by weaving-in the making of the play, “Chandala”. The dialogue between the theatre director and the actors to adapt the play into the Indian context works as a Greek chorus and keeps the viewer engaged. “You are Juliet’s messengers to me,” the director tells the women cast. As they dig deeper into their own psyche, we also question – why it was all about Romeo even in Shakespeare’s time. Why do we not know more about Juliet? … A poetic, political exploration of love (Kavita & Nandan–thehindu.com)

Credits

  • pankaj rishi kumar: Director
  • Rajiv Mehrotra (PSBT): Producer
  • C Vinayak Ram: Location Sound
  • Pritam Das: Sound Mixing
  • pankaj rishi kumar: Sound Design
  • pankaj rishi kumar: camera
  • pankaj rishi kumar: editing

Specifications

  • Project Type: Documentary
  • Runtime: 53 minutes
  • Completion Date: April 25, 2019
  • Production Budget: 9,500 USD
  • Country of Origin: India
  • Country of Filming: India
  • Language: English, Tamil
  • Shooting Format: FULL HD
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9
  • Film Color: Color

Screenings / Awards

  • IDSFFK trivandrum
    India
    June 22, 2019
    world premiere
    Best Feature Documentary
  • Signs film festival Trivandrum
    India
    September 20, 2019
    Best Documetary
  • Kolkata International Film festival kolkatai
    India
    November 16, 2019
    official competition
  • FSA KATHMANDU kathmandu
    Nepal
    November 16, 2019
    official selection competition
  • Indian Film Festival of Bubhaneswar
    India
    September 25, 2019
  • Open Frame Film Fetival new delhi
    September 20, 2019
  • Madurai film festival madurai
    India
    December 6, 2019
  • Auroville Film Festival auroville
    India
    January 8, 2020
    official selection competition
  • Kolkata People’s Film Festival kolkata
    India
    January 26, 2020
  • Chennai Documentray Film festival Chennai
    India
    February 20, 2020
  • International Theatre Festival of Kerala thrissur
    India
    January 23, 2020
  • Panchajanyam Film festival chittor
    India
    January 30, 2020
    Best Documentary
  • Soth Asia Short film festival kolkata
    India
    official selection competition

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