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VIA DARJEELING set in RASHOMON mode
June 7, 2008 5:06:43 PM IST Joginder Tuteja, Bollywood Trade News Network
In the years gone by, many films internationally have drawn inspiration from Japanese classic RASHOMON which was directed by Akira Kurosawa. Even though the film was made more than 50 years, it has intrigued film makers from the past and present generation. One such film maker is first time director Nandy who has based his upcoming film VIA DARJEELING on RASHOMON.
The film follows the pattern of 'one story, multiple endings' and is a psychological thriller set in modern day Calcutta and Darjeeling. The film's plot is centered on Kay Kay Menon and Sonali Kulkarni who play a newly wed couple on their honeymoon in Darjeeling. However, on the eve of their return to Calcutta, Kay Kay disappears. An Inspector tries to get to the root but isn't successful.
Later when the story is narrated to a bunch of friends, each of them tries to come up with his/her own interpretation around what would have happened on that fateful evening. Result is numerous theories around possible outcomes and different versions that follow.
Apart from Kay Kay Menon and Sonali Kulkarni, the film stars Parvin Dabbas, Vinay Pathak, Simone Singh, Rajat Kapoor, Prashanth Narayanan and Sandhya Mridul. Produced by Joy Ganguly of Moxie Entertainments, VIA DARJEELING is aiming for a 20th June release.
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