Programme 2019

Loudspeaker (Bhonga)

Director: Shivaji Lotan Patil


India Premiere

Section: Marathi Talkies

Country: India | Year: 2019

Language(s): Marathi | Time: 94 mins


Is religion greater than life? When a Muslim family shifts to a new house located near a mosque, their nine-month-old child, suffering from Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy, cries every time the muezzin makes his call to prayers over the loudspeaker. When the family requests the muezzin to make azaan announcements without the loudspeaker – or to shift it – the muezzin refuses to meddle in religious traditions.

Director's Bio

Shivaji Lotan Patil is a highly acclaimed bilingual film director, who started his career as an assistant director. He made his directorial debut with Vavtal in Marathi, and K-5 in Hindi. Both films were commercially successful, critically acclaimed, and won numerous awards within the country. His next film Dhag (2012) won three national awards, including an award for Best Direction. Halal (2016) also won several awards and screened at the Cannes Film Festival’s Film Market.