Eeb Allay Ooo!
India | Fiction | Drama, Comedy |2019 |98 min| Hindi; English subtitles
Virtual IMFF 2020 Screening:
Sunday, May 10 2020 |
Screening: 6.45pm - 9.15pm
Zoom Q&A with filmmaker Prateek Vats
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)
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.
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.
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
ANJANI Shardul Bhardwaj
MAHINDER Mahinder Nath
SHASHI Nutan Sinha
(BROTHER IN LAW)
KUMUDH Naina Sareen
NARAYAN Nitin Goel MIDDLEMAN Krishnan suREAucAr Sanjeev Johri
MANAGER Kapil Madan
Director Prateek Vats
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