A watchman and his wife living at an abandoned mine find themselves trapped in the brutal schemes of their tyrannical landlord in this suspenseful, visually striking drama set on the urban outskirts of Delhi. When the landlord offers his daughter to a wealthy potential buyer of the mine, she and her lower-caste lover run away. The watchman reluctantly helps them, but a sinister masked killer dispatched to hunt down the runaways endangers them all. A searing take on the politics of caste and money in a rapidly developing economy, Sidharth Srinivasan’s eccentric thriller delves into the dark interstices between Indian modernity and tradition.
“The precise digital cinematography and symmetrical compositions give it an aspect of gallery work, while the shades of electronic music mixed with Western classical instrumentation pull the film right into the present. This is a film of extraordinarily striking aesthetics… This young auteur has found a way to make films in India that feel urgent, relevant, artful and new.” –Indiewire
“Pairon Talle is a savage stab at the ‘Shining India’ myth…Compellingly shot by S. Nalla Muthu on HD, the film draws powerful performances from Dibyendu Bhattacharya and Saba Joshi.” –Forbes
“Set in an out-of-the-way corner of the National Capital Region—a prized area of urban growth and development in ’emerging’ India—director Srinivasan’s scathing portrait of the politics of caste and money subverts the usual Bollywood melodrama formula with just a trace of the absurd.” –MoMA
‘Soul of Sand’ is an official selection of the prestigious, award-winning Global Lens Collection presented by the Global Film Initiative.
In Hindi with English subtitles.