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72 min | India | 2017 | Bengali/Hindi/English
The film will have English subtitles
Director: Prateek Vats
Producer: Films Division
The screening will be followed by a Skype conversation with the filmmaker.
A film anchored in the twilight years of the life of legendary Indian bodybuilder and former Mr. Universe, Monohar Aich. As the body fades away, the film begins to take shape.
The film starts on the eve on Mr. Aich’s 101st birthday. Mr. Aich’s insistence on not remembering anything about his life is where the idea of the film germinates – to consciously move away from the evidential burden of a ‘biopic’ towards an intimate portrait – A story that transcends time to reveal the oddities that make human stories worth telling. The film has been shot over a period two years. The complex interpersonal relationships formed during the filming become the lens through which we try to evoke the time that has passed and perhaps get a perspective on an individual’s passionate obsession.
Watch trailer here
Prateek Vats is an independent filmmaker and writer based out Mumbai/Goa. A graduate of the film direction course from Film & Television Institute of India (FTII), he has directed both fiction as well as non-fiction films which have been showcased at various film festivals and non-formal spaces. His debut feature documentary, A Very Old man with Enormous Wings, was awarded the Special Jury Award at the 65th National Film Awards. Currently, he is working on his first fiction feature length film, which is in its later stages of postproduction.
Prateek is a visiting faculty at FTII and has taught at the State University of Performing and Visual Art, Rohtak. In addition to making his own films and teaching, Prateek has been involved with Ektara Collective in Madhya Pradesh and Collective Phase I in Kerala.