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Beholden (2019)

In Kolkata, 25 year-old Aakanksha, a Punjabi, working woman shifts back to her father’s house from the house of her husband Saikat – a Bengali, with whom her relationship is not smooth. Aakanksha’s 64 year-old, displaced, Dementia-ridden father needs con... read more

Completed On: 01 Dec, 2019

Duration: 29 min 53 sec

Genres: Fiction, Short, Student

Country: India

Director: Akshay Gouri

Submitted By: Akshay Gouri

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In Kolkata, 25 year-old Aakanksha, a Punjabi, working woman shifts back to her father’s house from the house of her husband Saikat – a Bengali, with whom her relationship is not smooth. Aakanksha’s 64 year-old, displaced, Dementia-ridden father needs constant care, with whom her relationship is complex. Memories of her mother’s horrid fate at the hands of her father keep haunting her. Aakanksha can’t forget that her mother committed suicide because of regular domestic abuse. It is hard for Aakanksha to reconcile with her father but she feels beholden to the latter. Also, at work, going gets tougher for Aakanksha. Oblivious of Aakanksha’s desideratum, Saikat wants her to come back to his house. Things get even worse for Aakanksha, when she starts seeing blood around her and Aakanksha reaches a despondent state of mind. Her ultimate battle is to be valorous against her grisly past, a perturbing present and a bleak future.
  • Film Type
    Fiction, Short, Student
  • Genres
    Drama, Psychological Thriller
  • Runtime
    29 minutes 53 seconds
  • Completion Date
    01 Dec, 2019
  • Production Budget
    3000 USD
  • Country of Origin
    India
  • Country of Filming
    India
  • Film Language
    Punjabi
  • Shooting Format
    Digital RAW
  • Aspect Ratio
    2.39:1
  • Film Color
    Color
  • Student Project
    Yes
  • First-time Filmmaker
    No

10th Dada Saheb Phalke Film Festival
India
Delhi
04/30/2020
Best Screenplay, Official Selection

Rangam Film Festival
India
Thiruvananthapuram
04/19/2020
Official Selection

Tagore International Film Festival
India
Bolpur
03/31/2020
Best Student Film, Official Selection

3rd South Asian Short Film Festival
India
Kolkata
03/22/2020
Official Selection

4th Indian World Film Festival
India
Hyderabad
03/08/2020
Best Director, Official Selection

Srishti International Short Film Festival
India
Bhubaneswar
02/29/2020
Official Selection

Lensified at Bioscope
India
Kolkata
02/27/2020
Official Selection

The Lift-Off Sessions
United Kingdom
Pinewood
01/26/2020
UK Premeire
Official Selection

Bizarrya Short Film Festival
Portugal
Official Selection

International Film Festival di Rivoli
Italy
Official Selection

Filmarte Short Film Festival
Portugal
Official Selection

Filmeraa International Film & Music Video Festival
India
New Delhi
Official Selection

Twilight Tokyo Film Festival
Japan
Tokyo
Outstanding Achievement Award

Pattaya International Film Festival
Thailand
Pattaya
Outstanding Achievement Award

Director's Biography

Born in 1992 in the North-west Indian state, Haryana, Akshay Gouri is a Screenwriter and Director who has made short films, both fiction and non-fiction, pertaining to Political issues, Socio-economic realities and their consequences on people. He is an alumnus of Satyajit Ray Film & Television Institute, Kolkata.
His Long-take short film, ‘Adhinayak, Jaya He!’ (2017) asks tough questions about the authoritarian nature of the current Indian polity and Islamophobia.

‘Gilaani’ (2017) points out the chauvinistic-nationalism driven country that India has become today and examines the various aspects of violence perpetrated by the impune armed forces and its psychological impact on people at both ends of the spectrum.

‘Taapar’ (2018) is a documentary on the humongous Agrarian crisis that India has been going through for well over a decade now. Focusing on Marginal Peasants, the film points out to the extremely difficult conditions that the providers of food to us all have to face. From distress sales of agricultural produce to poor infrastructural support to hollow promises of better days by the government, the film is the farmers’ lives as they see it. The film has traveled across countries and has participated in several International Film Festivals in India, Brazil and the USA.

His latest fiction short-film ‘Farzandi’, explores the psychology of a young, urban, working woman as she tries to cope with the longing of having a mother and her fight with patriarchy that boggles her down at every step.

Filmography:
Janeu
Nishchesht
Karwat
Pratikaar
Adhinayak, Jaya He!
Gilaani
Taapar
Farzandi

2 Reviews
  • Nice Guys Keep itup

    24 May, 2020

    Dennis Gayi
    Response from Project Creater:

    Thanks a lot!

    25 May, 2020
  • Very interesting storyline. Gripping!

    23 May, 2020

    Provesha  Pyne
    Response from Project Creater:

    Thanks a lot for the feedback!

    24 May, 2020
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