2 BAND RADIO

NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE

INDIA • 2019 • 92 MIN • DRAMAHINDI, ENGLISH SUBTITLES

dir.: Saki Shah | scr.: Rahat Kazmi, Kuwar Shakti Singh | cin.: Luxmi Chand | ed.: Rahat Kazmi | art dir.: Prashant Bidkar | snd: Prasanna Hanuwate | mus.: Rohil Bhatia, Asad Que | cast: Bilal Ahamad Bhagat, Neelu Dogra, Rahat Kazmi, Hussein Khan, Tariq Khan, Zahid Qureshi, Jitendra Rai, Ritu Rajput, Pradhuman Singh | prod.: Rahat Kazmi, Tariq Khan, Zeba Sajid

SAKI SHAH

THURSDAY, JUNE 13, 3:30 PM • SCREEN A

Radio is a now common device in our lives, but there was a time when it truly meant having an opening onto the world. In the early 60s, in a rural Kashmiri village, people had never seen a radio. Buying a set and getting its licence was a tedious process. Pure luck brings such a device to Roopchand, a local shopkeeper. The news quickly spreads throughout the area, as the village head acquires the

radio from him against a piece of land. Waseem, a rival of Roopchand, “visits” the radio in a procession at the house of the village head, but he feels humiliated by Roopchand.

That day, he promises himself to buy a radio, at any cost, and show the village that he, too, can have this magical device.

2 Band Radio follows Waseem’s roller‑coaster journey to obtain the radio — a journey filled with hilarious incidents that create complications at every step.

Multifaceted Mumbai-based director SAKI SHAH has been active in the Indian film and television industry since the early 2010s. He has honed his skills as an assistant director and chief assistant director on a number of television shows as well as films, shorts and features. He is especially known for his collaborations with director Rahat Kazmi, with whom he has worked on over ten productions, including 2017’s Lihaaf and 2018’s Code Blue. After directing two short films, 2013’s

I remember and 2017’s The Last Train of Hope, he is now making

his feature film debut with 2 Band Radio.