The inaugural screening will be of “Delhi in a Day” directed by Prashant Nair on Friday, January 20th at 6.30 pm in the NCPA’s Little Theatre.
The director and his key cast (Kulbushan Kharbanda, Lillete Dubey, Anjali Patel) will be present for the screening which will be followed by a Q and A.
“Delhi in a Day” won the Best Film award at the September 2011 Houston Indian Film Festival. It was the opening film of Uma da Cunha’s section Film India Worldwide at the Mumbai International Film Festival in October 2011 and was selected in Competition at the 2011 Kerala International Film Festival held in December.
* This screening is open to the public – preference given to NCPA members
“Delhi in a Day”
Directed by Prashant Nair
India, 2011, 89 mins, Colour English/Hindi
Delhi in a Day is a dark comedy, in English and Hindi, which looks at the life of the rich mainly through the eyes of the have-nots who serve them.
The narrative spins out of the large kitchen of the nouveau riche Ghambir family in their sprawling South Delhi house. Matters get complicated when cash disappears from a guest’s room. The servants are the suspects and are given 24 hours to replace it or else the police would be summoned.
This debut feature is by former Information Technology professional Prashant Nair, whose base is now Paris and Berlin. He has written the script and co-produced the film with Chintu Mohapatra. Eun-Ah Lee is the DOP and the music is by Mathias Duplessy.
The impressive cast includes Lillete Dubey, Kulbhushan Kharbanda, Lee Williams and Victor Banerjee. It introduces Anjali Patel in the pivotal role of the household’s maid.
Prashant's earlier short film Max and Helena was screened at over 30 international festivals.
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