TAKING THE HORSE TO EAT JALEBIES

(GHODE KO JALEBI KHILANE LE JA RIYA HOON)

OTTAWA PREMIERE

INDIA • 2019 • 121 MIN • DRAMA HINDI, ENGLISH SUBTITLES

dir.: Anamika Haksar | scr.: Anamika Haksar | cin.: Saumyanand Sahi | ed.: Paresh Kamdar | art dir.: Archana Shastri, Manish Kansara | snd: Gautam Nair | mus.: Tyrax Ventura | cast: Ravindra Sahu, Raghubir Yadav, K Gopalan, Lokesh Jain | prod.: Anamika Haksar

ANAMIKA HAKSAR

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 12

4 PM • SCREEN A

Taking the Horse to Eat Jalebis follows four main characters: a pickpocket, a street vendor, a labourer activist and a guide for Heritage Walks. We see Old Delhi through their eyes — their lives, hopes, aspirations and dreams — and we hear it through their various languages and dialects. When Patru, the pickpocket, decides to take people on alternative Dream Walks, we enter with him the subterranean consciousness of the city’s migrant population. Fusing documentary with magic realism, as well as true and fictionalized stories with poetry and dreams, the film is a love letter to the syncretic culture of Old Delhi, to its history slowly losing itself in concrete and smog. It’s also a paean to the so‑called little people who are relegated to the fringes of society even as they try to make their way through life with dignity, good humour and courage. • This film is the result of seven years spent documenting the lives of street people of Old Delhi — beggars, pick pockets, loaders, factory workers, street singers, street vendors, etc. The film does not move in a linear fashion. It moves like homeless and migrant communities, from minute to minute, changing its space and structure with every ongoing event.

ANAMIKA HAKSAR is an eminent theatre director in contemporary Indian theatre. A graduate of the National School of Drama, she was one of the few Indians to train at the State Institute for Theatre Arts in Moscow. She received the Sanskriti Award in 1995 for developing a new theatre language in India, and she exhibited a highly acclaimed theatre installation at the Kochi-Muziris Biennale in 2016. Taking the Horse to Eat Jalebis is her debut feature.