2010-08-27_113435.eventnodeType: Event

Location: Alliance Française, Auditorium

City: Bombay

Date: Tue, 2010/09/14 – 7:00pm

Price: Free for all

Category: Film screening


In partnership with Vikalp Film Archive

Three men and a Bulb, by Pankaj Rishi Kumar.



Far away, in a small village, in the foothills of the Himalayas, three men earn their livelihood from a gharat (watermill). The life these 3 men lead is meager, with access neither to electricity nor employment that brings regular income. Farming is very arduous, as supply of water is scarce. The gharat becomes a site, which each character wants to own and sometimes disown, in the quest for a better life.

This gentle and leisurely film documents the 3 men’s personal hopes, anxieties and dreams set against the rustic life in the mountains. The narrative traverses their changing relationship with self and each other, offering exciting insights into human nature. It is a story of Rawat, Satya and young Harish.

3 Men and a Bulb examines what happens when a rural economic system with a lot of promise is cracked up by administrative inconsistencies and individual enmity. What happens when 3 men who could have run the gharat and earned a comfortable livelihood, are moved by the inner voice telling them to leave and find a better source of income, a better life. 3 Men and a Bulb is a story about earning a good living, and a story about all the larger forces at work that don’t allow one to do so.


In the presence of the film director.