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Facets Film Dialogue with filmmaker Prashant Bhargava, and actors Seema Biswas and Nawazuddin Siddqui
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"This film is joyous, but more than that: it's lovely in its construction" -Roger Ebert
Set against the dynamic and colorful spectacle of India's largest kite
festival, the Uttarayan, Prashant Bhargava's debut feature tells the story
of Jayesh, a Delhi-based businessman who returns to his Gujarat roots with
his young daughter Priya. Ostensibly going home to Ahmedabad to relive his
childhood memories and introduce his daughter to the tradition of
kite-flying, Jayesh has some unexpected news for the family's future. He
plans include selling off the family home, moving his relatives into a
modern condo, while also trying to avoid unresolved issues from his past
which leads to unexpected consequences.
Patang, directed by
Chicago-born-and-raised Bhargava, who started his career as a graffiti
artist, is a Southern Gothic family saga, which avoids Bollywood clichés as
well as using a dynamic combination of actors and non-professionals to
showcase a complex narrative about contemporary India. Using the kites as a
metaphor for the way the past controls his characters no matter how high
they fly, Patang captures the jubilant and striking visuals of the festival
that accentuates his background as a graphic artist, while laying out a
multi-character story of discovery and hope.
Directed by Prashant Bhargava,
India, 2010, 93 mins. In Hindi and English with English subtitles.