Eeb Allay Ooo!

Skype QA with filmmaker Prateek Vats

Texas Premiere

IMFF 2020 Screening:

April 4th 2020   |   

Screening: 12.40pm - 2.45pm

AFS Cinema, Austin

Member Tickets: $10

Non-Member Tickets: $12

Student: $8

India | Fiction | Drama, Comedy |2019 |98 min| Hindi; English subtitles

This film will be preceded by a short: THE BOOTH

A young man gets a job scaring hordes of monkeys away from New Delhi’s government buildings in Prateek Vats’ notable first feature. (Hollywood Reporter)

SYNOPSIS

Anjani a young migrant battles hordes of monkeys as a contractual  monkey repeller, a newly created government job to tackle the monkey menace in the heart  of Delhi. His job profile entails mimicking aggressive langurs. The original and extremely effective employees for the task were recently let off on account of animal rights. The sacred pests shred Anjani's dignity and courage in quick succession and make such a  mockery of his professional ineptitude that an early dis­ charge seems imminent. But when admon­ished by his pregnant sister, Anjani grits his teeth and decides to counter the monkey business with monkey business of his own.

DIRECTOR’S NOTE

The biggest democracy in the world is employing exploitative contractual labor to secure the highest offices of her democracy from the nuisance created by a holy animal. The inherent absurdity of this situ­ation is what drew me into this film.

For me it sums up the prevalent situation in my country - a nation state propped up on the dehumanized, quite literally in this case the labor of its citizens.

 

Eeb Allay Ooo! is a response to the immediate world around us - a world which is hard to make sense of - a world where being a monkey is far more liberating than being human. While outwardly a satire, I hope my film is true to these internal complexities. The nar­rative of the film is shaped by extensive use of non­ fiction elements. incorporating non-professional actors alongside trained actors.

 

Verite footage is mixed with crafted mis-en-scene to weave a reveal­ing account seeped in reality, which is as stark as it is absurd.

DIRECTOR'S PROFILE 
Prateek Vats

Prateek is an independent filmmaker based in Mumbai.

 

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.

 

Eeb Allay Ooo! is his debut fiction feature length film.

STILLS SLIDE DECK

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CREDITS

Cast

ANJANI Shardul Bhardwaj

MAHINDER Mahinder Nath

SHASHI Nutan Sinha

SHASHI

(BROTHER IN LAW)

KUMUDH   Naina Sareen

NARAYAN Nitin Goel MIDDLEMAN Krishnan suREAucAr   Sanjeev Johri

MANAGER Kapil Madan

Crew

Director Prateek Vats

Script Shubham

Cinematographer Saumyananda Sahi

Editor Tanushree Das

Sound Recording & Design Bigyna Bhushan Dahal

Line Producer Neel Manikant

Excecutive Producer Shwetaabh Singh

First AD Abhishek Bhardwaj

Costume & DIT Niharika Agarwal

Produced by Shwetabh Singh

Prateek Vats