Location: Alliance Française Auditorium
Date: Mon, 2011/06/06 - 6:30pm
Daayen ya Baayen, by Bela Negi
The film will be followed by a discussion in the presence of the director.
Daayen ya Baayen is humorous take on the socio-cultural crossroads and contradictions that the youth of rural India finds itself at.
The protagonist is a Quoxotian character, so present in our folk narratives, who has to live through his follies to understand himself better. Ramesh Majila, city returned and armed with irrepressible enthusiasm, hopes to be the breath of fresh air his remote Uttarakhandi Himalayan village has been waiting for. But instead his quirky traits and lofty ideas make him the joke of the village.
In a dramatic turn of events a chance entry into a television contest wins him a swank luxury car elevating Ramesh to heroic status overnight. Adored by children and grudgingly admired by others, he becomes the focal point of the village.
What follows is a series of comic conflicts as Ramesh struggles to maintain the car, undoing himself completely in the process and losing the respect of his most ardent fan, his young son. When the car is stolen, he sets out on a journey to recover something more than his prized possession - his lost dignity.
The film is an ode to the daydreamer in all of us, the impractical idealist who has fallen along the wayside in these times.