World Cinema Amsterdam | Internationaal filmfestival | 18 – 27 Augustus 2016

Gandu (Asshole)

Kaushik Mukherjee (Q) | India | 2010 | 85 | Bengali spoken, English subtitles

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Gandu (Asshole) by Kaushik Mukherjee (Q) does for Indian cinema what that adrenalin stab did for Uma Thurman in Pulp Fictiongives it a jolt! A film director, advertising man and musician, Q brings all his skills to play in this sharp, elegantly shot black-and-white Bengali rap, decidedly adult film. It is about the friendship between Gandu, a no-hoper teen who picks the pocket of the man to whom his mother sells sex, and Ricksha, a cycle rickshaw driver and Bruce Lee fan. As Gandu exorcises his rage in rap music, the two of them float in a world of smack and porn. There are surreal sequences and explicit sex scenes with Rii, even as she plays a delightful cyber-boudia middle class Bengali woman with cybersex fantasies. The Seattle Film Festival jury delighted in the movie that bowled us over with its kinetic, brash humor and style-hopping dexterity, a portrait of tortured youth that refreshingly pokes fun at adolescent self-centeredness, while simultaneously exploring the anger, despondency and malaise of a generation. Which beautifully sums it up.

Saturday 13 August, 9.30 pm, Rialto (director present) get your tickets
Sunday 14 August, 7.30 pm, Rialto (director present) get your tickets



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