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Taala Te Kunjee (Lock and Key)

82 mins | Punjabi, Hindi with English subtitles

4/22/18, 1:15-3:10 pm
Newton Film Poster


Five recovering addicts at a rehabilitation center in Punjab, India, are helping families recover from the rampant drug problem in the state. While they struggle to establish new relationships with their pasts, their wives strive to redefine the meaning of love. An intimate portrayal of recovery, 'Taala Te Kunjee' is about relationships and the labor of everyday.





Shilpi Gulati is a filmmaker and researcher based out of New Delhi. Her body of work largely engages with themes of gender, performance and oral traditions in India. Her last documentary ‘Qissa-e Parsi’ (2014) won the National Award for the Best Ethnographic Film and her other works, ‘Inside Out’ (2010), ‘Dere to Delhi’ (2012) and ‘Naach Bhikhari Naach’ (2018) have been screened at various festivals in Asia, Europe and the US. Shilpi is also a Fulbright scholar and is currently pursuing her PhD at Jawaharlal Nehru University.




Special Jury Award at Film South Asia, Kathmandu 2017

National Center for Performing Arts, Mumbai 2018

Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai 2018

India Habitat Center, Delhi, 2018

Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi 2018

The Open Space Society, Jaipur 2018


  • Director:                                  Shilpi Gulati

  • Producer:                                Dr. Simardeep Singh and Sehajdeep Singh

  • Director of Photography:        Udit Khurana

  • Editor:                                      Vikash Malhotra

  • Sound:                                     Varun Venugopal

  • Original Score:                        Vivek Sagar

  • Sound Mix:                              Sanjay Das

  • Assistant Director:                  Vishwa Gulati

  • Location Sound:                      Pratik Biswas, Varun Venugopal,

Prasenjit Das, Gourav Gill

  • Translations:                           Jasdeep Singh

  • Subtitles:                                 Nishant Kabir, Vikash Malhotra

  • Trailer:                                     Jall Cowasji

  • Graphic Design:                      Sahitya Rani

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