A clumsy TV crew documents a day in the life of Obu, a rickshaw driver who decades ago used to be a Bollywood sensation as the star of the film Disco Das. Determined to make a marketable tearjerker, the crew will do whatever it takes to capture a portrait of a broken man who still laments his tragic fall from riches to rags. The only problem is, Obu couldn’t be happier with his life.
This acutely observed tale is a humorous and poignant take on the ephemeral nature of fame and man’s affection for the tragedy of others. The film won a Special Jury Mention at the Clermont-Ferrand International Film Festival.
Q&A to follow with producer Gayathri Thaikkendiyil
- Anand Kishore
Born and raised in Chennai, India, Anand Kishore received his Bachelor’s degree in Visual Communication from Loyola College (Chennai). After completing his studies, he worked as an assistant director to veteran Indian filmmaker Hariharan. He went on to study film at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts Asia in Singapore. He has worked as director of photography on projects shot throughout the world, including the USA, Cambodia, India, China, Taiwan and Singapore. BLACK HORN NIGHT HERON, a short film he photographed, premiered at the Berlin Film Festival in 2013. Anand’s previous directorial work, the short film RAMAN, won NYU’s First Run Festival Award for Achievement in Directing and Editing. DISCO OBU, his graduation thesis film, had its world premiere at the Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival, where it won a Special Jury Mention.