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Granny, "Ajji"

European Premiere

Synopsis

Director

In a brave yet often forbidden move, Indian director Devashish Makhija pluckily tackles what is commonly considered the vilest, most despicable crime of all: child rape. Intrinsically a critique of Indian social disparity and corrupt unethical authorities, AJJI transcends its geographical setting so much as to emphasize the importance of a solid moral substratum bolstering our communities.

 

It’s late at night and 9-year-old Manda hasn’t returned home yet. Ajji, her grandmother, is looking for her, but worried that something might have happened. Her foreboding proves justified when Ajji finds her little granddaughter unconscious in a garbage dump. Back home, Dastur, a local doctor, confirms Ajji’s suspicions that Manda has indeed been raped. The family wants justice, but also fears the possible repercussions they might face if word of the rape gets out in the community. Dastur convinces them not to press charges and to simply forget about what happened. However, the blood stains on Manda’s mattress prevents Ajji from forgetting. Leading to feelings of anger and thoughts of revenge.

 

In a lawless society anything is permitted because the fittest will always prevail. This is the scenario the hero of the film faces. While everybody else seems to passively accept the often cruel and barbarous society, Ajji stands against the brutality Manda suffered. However, in doing so, she ultimately turns into the criminals she wanted to fight.

 


Giampietro Balia

Devashish Makhija

is an Indian filmmaker, screenwriter, graphic artist, fiction writer and poet. He has researched and assisted Anurag Kashyap on "Black Friday" (PÖFF 2004), has written numerous screenplays, notably Avik Mukherjee's "Bhoomi" and Anurag Kashyap's "Doga"  and has had a solo art show "Occupying Silence". "Ajji" is his second full-length feature film.

Filmography

  • Oonga (2013)
  • Ajji (2017)

Schedule

23.11.2017
18:00 - 20:13
Tallinn, 
Kosmos IMAX
Hall IMAX
Subtitles: EST, ENG
Screening code: 071501
Guests (1)
Sold out
Movie guests:  Producer Yohann Comte
25.11.2017
21:15 - 23:18
Tallinn, 
Apollo Kino Solaris
Hall 4
Subtitles: EST, ENG
Screening code: 091103
Guests (1)
Sold out
Movie guests:  Producer Yohann Comte
25.11.2017
19:45 - 21:28
Tartu, 
Cinamon
Hall 5
Subtitles: EST, ENG
Screening code: 091902
Sold out
Screenings with guests might end later than expected.

Programme

Official Selection

Film info

Country: India
Year: 2017
Duration: 103 minutes
Language: Hindi
Director: Devashish Makhija
Producer:  Shoaib Lokhandwala 
Writers: Devashish Makhija, Mirat Trivedi
DOP: Jishnu Bhattacharjee
Montage: Ujjwal Chandra
Composer: Mangesh Dhakde
Cast:  Sushama Deshpande, Smita Tambe, Sharvani Suryavanshi, Sadiya Siddiqui, Trimala Adhikari
Production: Saregama India Limited

Synopsis

Director

In a brave yet often forbidden move, Indian director Devashish Makhija pluckily tackles what is commonly considered the vilest, most despicable crime of all: child rape. Intrinsically a critique of Indian social disparity and corrupt unethical authorities, AJJI transcends its geographical setting so much as to emphasize the importance of a solid moral substratum bolstering our communities.

 

It’s late at night and 9-year-old Manda hasn’t returned home yet. Ajji, her grandmother, is looking for her, but worried that something might have happened. Her foreboding proves justified when Ajji finds her little granddaughter unconscious in a garbage dump. Back home, Dastur, a local doctor, confirms Ajji’s suspicions that Manda has indeed been raped. The family wants justice, but also fears the possible repercussions they might face if word of the rape gets out in the community. Dastur convinces them not to press charges and to simply forget about what happened. However, the blood stains on Manda’s mattress prevents Ajji from forgetting. Leading to feelings of anger and thoughts of revenge.

 

In a lawless society anything is permitted because the fittest will always prevail. This is the scenario the hero of the film faces. While everybody else seems to passively accept the often cruel and barbarous society, Ajji stands against the brutality Manda suffered. However, in doing so, she ultimately turns into the criminals she wanted to fight.

 


Giampietro Balia

Devashish Makhija

is an Indian filmmaker, screenwriter, graphic artist, fiction writer and poet. He has researched and assisted Anurag Kashyap on "Black Friday" (PÖFF 2004), has written numerous screenplays, notably Avik Mukherjee's "Bhoomi" and Anurag Kashyap's "Doga"  and has had a solo art show "Occupying Silence". "Ajji" is his second full-length feature film.

Filmography

  • Oonga (2013)
  • Ajji (2017)