Congratulations to the team of Anurag Kashyap
MICHAEL, directed By Ribhu Dasgupta and produced by Anurag Kashyap, on the day it held its world premiere at the ongoing Toronto International Film Festival was acquired by the leading distribution company Fortissimo Films for world sales outside of India. The film, starring Naseeruddin Shah, is presented by Tipping Point Films, a division of
Viacom 18 Motion Pictures.
Directed by Ribhu Dasgupta
World Premiere - Contemporary World Cinema,
36th Toronto International Film Festival
2011, 98 mins, Hindi
Producer: Anurag Kashyap/Guneet Monga/Sunil Bohra
Production Company: Anurag Kashyap Films Pvt. Ltd/Viacom 18
This debut work takes its place in India’s emerging independent cinema which attempts to portray India’s current social predicament, head on, no holds barred. The film, produced by Anurag Kashyap and starring Naseeruddin Shah, follows the lives of people as they merge and get lost in Kolkata’s landscape. First-time director Ribhu Dasgupta shows a keen observant eye on the strange tide that at times juggles with our fate.. India’s most versatile and impassioned actor Naseeruddin Shah essays the main role of police officer Michael. At the start, old and infirm, he stands still with Kolkata’s traffic whizzing around him. A flashback takes us to the young policeman Michael ordered to shoot on a peaceful march which he balks at - and inadvertently is responsible for killing a 12 year old boy. The guilt gets to him and he begins to cave in. He loses his job, But he still has to care for his own small son. He joins the piracy trade of illegally selling Bollywood DVDs. Then the father of the boy he killed appears threatening to Michael’s son when he is twelve years old. The cinematographer is the late Somak Mukherjee. Mahie Gill plays the nurse who befriends Michael’s companion.
Director Ribhu Dasgupta started his film career at any early age, starting from the time he explored the sets of his grandfather, Harisadhan Dasgupta, one of the pioneers of documentary film making in India. He was this able to feel the pulse of cinema in his formative years. Later he worked with his father Raja Dasgupta, renowned film maker from Kolkata, honing the talent of film making as it passed from one generation to the other. He moved to Mumbai. He first worked with Anurag Kashyap on his film ‘Gulaal’ and then with film maker Shashank Ghosh on ‘Quick Gun Murugun’. He has independently directed television commercials like the ‘Incredible India’ series for BBC London, television shows for Sahara TV and written scripts as a freelancer. Michael is his directorial debut feature film.