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SHYAMAL UNCLE TURNS OFF THE LIGHTS

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SHYAMAL UNCLE TURNS OFF THE LIGHTS

Director: Suman Ghosh
India   |   2012   |   65 minutes
Bengali, with subtitles in English
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FILM INFORMATION

Synopsis An 80-year-old Kolkata retiree is on a mission to get his neighborhood streetlights turned off after sunrise after he notices they stay on all day as well. Shyamal Uncle finds his sense of propriety upset by this wasteful expense of electricity. But finding someone to take him seriously proves a battle against an indifferent bureaucracy and a complacent status quo (and is just maybe a welcome distraction from his otherwise dull routine). Suman Ghosh’s vérité-style film is alive with the sights, sounds and personalities of this old Kolkata neighborhood, as his unlikely protagonist pursues a quest that adds up to a wry, revealing, highly original tour of modern India.


About the Director Suman Ghosh was born in Rishra, India in 1972. He received a Bachelor of Science in Economics at Presidency College, Calcutta, a Master of Arts in Economics from the University of Delhi and a doctorate in Economics from Cornell University in Ithaca. His debut feature, Footsteps, won the Silver Lotus Award for Best Actor and Best Feature Film in Bengali at India’s National Film Awards in 2008. Shyamal Uncle Turns Off the Lights is his fourth feature film.


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Featured in the Global Lens 2013 film series.



CAST

Shyamal Uncle - Shyamal Bhattacharya
Shyamal Uncle's Wife - Suparna Chatterjee
Shyamali (Maid) - Archana Mandal
Gopal - Gopal Roy
Subrata (Councilor) - Sameer Dutta

CREW

Director - Suman Ghosh
Writer - Suman Ghosh
Executive Producer - Colin Burrows
Producer - Arindam Ghosh
Director of Photography - Ranjan Palit
Editor - Sujay Datta Ray
Sound - Jojo Chaki, Anirban Sengupta
Music - Mayookh Bhaumik
REVIEWS

“Suman Ghosh invites us to a world of cinema which is quite far from the lights and techniques of Bollywood…The extraordinary magic generated from the last part, when the old man wakes up as in its first morning, at dawn, in a street still asleep, belongs to a fairy tale and leads to one of the most beautiful "happy ending" that we have seen ever before. The true history on which the film is based thus takes enchanting effects, at the end of this combat full of dignity, anger and enragement.” -Cahiers du cinema

“Similar to his penetrating previous work, Nobel Thief, this film is based on a true story and
demonstrates director Suman Ghosh’s innate ability to create inspiring cinema.” -Busan IFF

FESTIVALS & AWARDS

Busan International Film Festival
Mumbai Film Festival