TAKING THE HORSE TO EAT JALEBIS

About

The nimble fingers of a pickpocket, the sweet smells of a street vendor’s food, a tour guide’s speech—their stories weave together to reveal a side of New Delhi life that exists on its wits. When Patru, the pickpocket, decides to take tourists on alternative walks and show them the city’s underbelly, we enter the subterranean consciousness of the city’s migrant population. Dreamscapes come to life and are richly explored through playful, layered visuals that blend magic, realism, and documentary to deliver a rare vision of street life.

As if by compulsion, director Anamika Haksar’s camera draws down to the streets of the old city before it floats over moonlit roof tops, focusing on the forgotten fringes where life thrives amid concrete and smog. Haksar’s unique storytelling vision is devoted to seeing the ancient city through the eyes of the working classes. Recordings from real-life street characters form the backbone of this tribute to a beautiful city, its culture, and the ghosts of its history. Within it, we start to understand what a city loses when its heart succumbs to progress.

YEAR 2018

CATEGORY New Frontier Films & Performances

COUNTRY India

RUN TIME 121 min

LANGUAGE Hindi

SUBTITLES Yes with English subtitles

COMPANY Gutterati Productions

EMAIL gutteratiproductions@gmail.com

PHONE +91 9833324888

Credits

Director
Screenwriter
Cinematographer
Sound Design
Editor
Art Director
Executive Producer
Costume Designer
Music By
Animation
Colorist
Gaffer
Actor

Artist Bio

Anamika Haksar

Anamika Haksar is an eminent theatre director in contemporary Indian theatre. Having studied at the National School of Drama, she was one of the few Indians to train at the State Institute for Theatre Arts in Moscow. She received the Sanskriti Award for developing a new theatre language in India in 1995, and she exhibited a highly acclaimed theatre installation at the Kochi-Muziris Biennale in 2016. TAKING THE HORSE TO EAT JALEBIS is her debut film.