Gaalibeeja is a visually arresting meditation on cinema and modernity. The road is the central protagonist of the film connecting the various characters. The film opens with Prakash, a civil engineer



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Gaalibeeja is a visually arresting meditation on cinema and modernity.  The road is the central protagonist of the film connecting the various characters. The film opens with Prakash, a civil engineer, leaving for a road widening project in an unnamed village. His encounters along the way–a peddler of pirated DVDs who hands him a set of road movies, a farmer at a highway bus stop, and a poster sticker on his bicycle–form the backbone of this idiosyncratic film. 

While the paths of these diverse characters intersect and interrupt one another, it becomes clear that they each live in a vastly different time and space–one that is shaped by class and access to progress. While paying homage to the likes of Wim Wenders, Jim Jarmusch, and Abbas Kiarostami, Prasad blends social critique with exquisite cinematic form in his take on the “road movie.”

The film presents a fragmented narrative through images and soundscapes. The road carries us, connects us, it equally disrupts lives. The film explores this ambivalence and the different temporalities people inhabit. 

 


About the filmmaker :

Babu Eshwar Prasad completed BFA (Painting) from Karnataka Chitrakala Parishat, Bangalore and MFA (Graphics) from M.S.University, Baroda and has held exhibitions since 1996 regularly.

Working across media Prasad has been making short videos since 1997Gaalibeeja is his debut feature film, entirely self-financed, and is an exploration of the medium of cinema by a contemporary artist. The film was selected for NFDC Film Bazaar Recommendation in the Feature Film Section, Film Bazaar, Goa, 2014 while in rough cut stage. Upon completion it has been shown at 17th Jio MAMI (Mumbai Film Festival) in the India Story Section, 2015, at the Bengaluru International Film Festival in the Asian Cinema Competition, 2016 and 3rdi, San Francisco International South Asian Film Festival, 2016 apart from independent screenings in Delhi, Mysore,




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