DVD, Digital Release: Mehsampur

Digital, DVD Release Date: Oct. 29, 2019
Price: DVD $17.99
Studio: IndiePix

The trippy Indian mock documentary comedy Mehsampur —a film within a film that melds together fiction and documentary –comes from filmmaker Kabir Singh Chowdhry.

Cash-strapped, oddball filmmaker Devrath arrives in Punjab to make a film on the legendary husband and wife folk-singing duo Chamkila & Amarjot, whose bawdy songs about village life and Punjabi culture found both keen admirers and vicious detractors – and they were assassinated amidst cultural controversy in 1988. Panicked when he discovers that another film crew, with far greater resources, is also making a film on the folk-singers, Devrath quickly begins to interview Chamkila’s past associates — his former manager, a one-time singing partner, and fading percussionist, Lal Chand, a survivor of the yet-unsolved murders.

After rescuing an ambitious (and disturbed) young actress from lechers at his hotel, the pair begrudgingly agrees to accompany the filmmaker on a roadtrip to the location of the fateful event, in the not-too-far-away village of Mehsampur…

The 2018 film won the India Gold Grand Jury Prize at Mumbai Film Festival.


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