Film Introduction and Q + A: Monsoon Shootout
Dr Bruce Isaacs introduces the striking Indian thriller, Monsoon Shootout. Following the screening Isaacs will facilitate a Q&A with Director Amit Kumar.
Monsoon Shootout marks the emergence of a striking new talent on the Indian film scene. Amit Kumar's debut feature is a taut thriller exploring police violence, corruption and the moral quandary facing an idealistic rookie cop. Depicting an India in which extrajudicial murders by the police are commonplace, Kumar takes one of these 'encounters' as the starting point for a compact and riveting ride through Mumbai's underworld. As heavy monsoon rains lash the city's badlands, Adi (Vijay Verma), an enthusiastic cop out on his first assignment, faces a life-altering moment when he must decide whether to shoot or not.
Monsoon Shootout then presents three scenarios with very different repercussions for each possible decision Adi could make, taking Adi on a journey that pits him against a system that demands a compromise of his morals. Co-produced by Anurag Kashyap and Guneet Monga (SFF 2012 Competition film Gangs of Wasseypur) and Asif Kapadia (The Warrior, Senna), and co-starring Gangs star Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Tannishtha Chatterjee (Brick Lane), the film is atmospheric, pacey and deeply satisfying.
With shootouts, gangland hits, and extortion rackets all vividly captured against the stunning backdrop of the dramatic wet season, Monsoon Shootout uses genre conventions to tell a gripping story.
Event Info: Monsoon Shootout
Date: Wednesday 12 June
Time: 4:40 PM for 4:45 PM screening
Venue: Event Cinemas George Street 4