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In the Shadows

Gali Guliyaan

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


Canadian premiere
Director Dipesh Jain
Country of Origin: India
Year: 2017
Running Time: 117 mins
Format: DCP
Language:In Hindi with English subtitles
Cast: Manoj Bajpayee, Ranvir Shorey, Neeraj Kabi, Shahana Goswami, Om Singh
Producer: Shuchi Jain, Dipesh Jain, Lena Vurma
Cinematographer: Kai Miedendorp
Editor: Chris Witt
Music: Dana Niu
Production Company: Exstant Motion Pictures Limited
Distributor: Premium Films

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