In the Shadows
Panorama | Contemporary World Cinema
Khuddoos (Manoj Bajpayee) is a loner, a storekeeper who lives like a hermit behind the walls of labyrinthine Old Delhi. He prefers to hold other people at arm’s length, but keeps tabs on them through a network of dozens of surveillance cameras he has secreted around the neighbourhood. This paranoid voyeur would not look out of place in one of Atom Egoyan’s early movies, or Coppola’s The Conversation. Yet gradually he is lured out by the repeated cries of an abused child who remains frustratingly beyond his cameras’ frame…
Could this be 14-year-old Idu (Om Singh)? Idu is an apparently carefree kid who roams the rooftops, but who suffers the misfortune of catching his father in flagrante delicto, another act of voyeurism for which there could be serious consequences.
Atmospheric, elaborately constructed and compellingly performed, writer-director Dipesh Jain’s first feature is an ambitious psychological thriller that signals the arrival of a significant new talent.
"Layered, effective and cerebral."—J Hurtado, Screen Anarchy
Grand Prix, Mumbai 17