The Musk (Kastoori)
Director: Vinod Kamble
Section: India Story
Country: India | Year: 2019
Language(s): Hindi | Time: 100 mins
14-year-old Gopinath Chavhan comes from a family of manual scavengers. He accompanies his alcoholic father and sometimes assists him in his work at the civil hospital morgue. His classmates harass him with casteist remarks and even Gopi begins to think his clothes smell of dead bodies and human excreta. When Gopi is invited to an event to collect a prize for topping a Sanskrit exam, he becomes obsessed with the idea of obtaining kastoori, an Indian musk, whose divine scent has been described in the Hindu mythological stories he likes listening to.
Vinod Kamble has a degree in Civil Engineering and made his foray into filmmaking with the short film, Grahan (2015). His 2nd short, Post Mortem (2017) was screened in the National Competition section at the Mumbai International Film Festival in 2018. The Musk is his first feature film.