Project Description

Written and Directed by Sidharth Srinivasan
Produced by Digital Talkies Pvt Ltd
Executive Producer: Sidharth Srinivasan
Starring: Rajpal Yadav, Dibyendu Bhattacharya, Jaya Seal etc
Cinematographer: Anil Chandel

Synopsis: In the seemingly desultory environs of suburban Mumbai, a charlatan holy man
sits at Raju’s tea stall drinking cheap country liquor and hoodwinking the eager, if not
innocent, people who come to him seeking advice. The neighborhood he counsels is tied
together in a complex net of sexual betrayal, unfulfilled desire and blind faith in the holy
man’s powers.

One day, however, the holy man begins losing his eyesight. The doctors tell him the
cause is his alcoholism, but he knows better. For the imminent blindness brings with it a
new “vision”, cataclysmic nightmares, hallucinations and, finally, the truth. Should the
holy man tell his followers the truth, or what they want to hear? Are people prepared to
hear the truth.The film examines the very nature of truth and belief, pitting blindness
against vision and fact against fiction to create a tragic, and perhaps cathartic, climax.

Runtime: 98 mins
Format: MiniDV, Colour
Language: Hindi
Year: 2001
Festivals: World Premiere @ Digital Talkies International Film Festival 2001; Winner, Best Film

Winner, Best Film, ITC Digital Talkies Film Festival 2001
Winner, Best Film; Best Original Screenplay; Best Supporting Actor, Kara Film Festival, Pakistan 2002
Other festivals: Singapore, Bangkok, Commonwealth, Museum of Contemporary Art-Chicago, Walker Art Center-Minneapolis etc.