Programme 2018

Mehsampur

Director: Kabir Chowdhry

fiction

Section: India Gold

Country: India | Year: 2018

Language(s): Hindi, Punjabi | Time: 99 mins

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Synopsis

Filmmaker Devrath is on a mission to make a film about the lives and the assassination of the controversial and legendary singers Chamkila and Amarjot, whose bawdy songs about village life and Punjabi culture found both keen admirers and vicious detractors. But Devrath panics when he discovers that another film crew, with far greater resources than his, is also making a film on them. Devrath encounters Lal, a band member who survived the attack, and Manpreet, an aspiring actress. The three of them then head to Mehsampur, the site of the assassination. With some of Chamkila and Amarjot’s associates playing versions of themselves, this provocative and sexually explicit film blurs the line between fiction and reality.

Director's Bio

Kabir Chowdhry is a multi-disciplinary artist and filmmaker. He is better known as the creative producer of the award winning Mukti Bhawan (2016) that world premiered at the Venice Film Festival. In 2007, he won the Passion for Cinema award for his short Dolly. His 42-minute short, Good Morning, won the Grand Jury Award at the 2011 South Asian International Film Festival in New York. He was awarded the HT Youth Icon Award for young achievers in North India.   

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