B.A. Pass

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B.A.Pass
B A Pass Theatrical Poster.jpg
Directed by Ajay Bahl
Produced by Narendra Singh (FilmyBOX) & Ajay Bahl (Tonga Talkies)
Written by Ritesh Shah
Based on The Railway Aunty 
by Mohan Sikka
Starring Shilpa Shukla
Shadab Kamal
Rajesh Sharma
Dibyendu Bhattacharya
Music by Alokananda Dasgupta
Cinematography Ajay Bahl
Edited by Pravin Angre
Distributed by VIP Films
Release dates
  • 30 August 2012 (2012-08-30) (Montreal World Film Festival)
  • 2 August 2013 (2013-08-02) (India)
Running time
95 minutes
Country India
Language Hindi
Budget INR2 crore (US$310,000)
Box office INR5.9 crore (US$930,000)
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B.A. Pass is a 2013 Hindi Neo noir film, produced and directed by Ajay Bahl, and starring Shilpa Shukla, Shadab Kamal, Rajesh Sharma, and Dibyendu Bhattacharya in lead roles. It is distributed by Bharat Shah's VIP films banner. The film is based on 2009 short story, The Railway Aunty by Mohan Sikka.[2]

The movie was earlier scheduled to be released on 12 July 2013 but was eventually released on 2 August 2013.The date was postponed because of a major release, Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, on 12 July 2013.

Cast[edit]

Plot[edit]

The story begins with the death of the parents of Mukesh, a teenager who has just graduated from senior high school. The boy's grandfather puts his most unfriendly aunt as care in charge of wealth. Mukesh, meanwhile struggles to get on with his aunt's family who refuses to provide him pocket money for his day to day expenses. He tries his best to study during his 1st year B.A. course. He also constantly worries about his two sisters who are put in a girl's home. Mukesh develops friendship with Johnny, an undertaker, in Delhi's graveyard, over the interest of playing chess. Johnny always tells him that, he has a brother in Mauritius who invites him to live there, but he cannot go as he has no money and that the day he will have enough money in hands, he will pack his bags and leave the country.

Then, Mukesh is introduced to "Sarika" aunty, one of the neighbors, during a get together. He once happens to go to Sarika's home to get apples, after which he is seduced by Sarika who uses his youthful body. She tempts him and also pays him for his services. Mukesh when questioned by his aunt about his new found money replies that he earned it by giving tutions. Sarika introduces Mukesh to many such "hungry" aunts who finally make him a male prostitute. Once, Mukesh gets into a hot scene with Sarika and Sarika's husband suddenly comes to know of this. He complains to Mukesh' aunt that Mukesh had been seeking a loan from Sarika and tried to kiss her. This makes Mukesh's aunt throw him out of the house.

Nowhere to go, Mukesh comes to Johnny's house and stays with him. Sarika refuses to stay in touch with him and makes sure that none of her female friends who were Mukesh's clients, entertain him. Frustrated, Mukesh asks Johnny to go to Sarika and ask for the money she owes him. Johnny comes back saying that she refused to do so and threatened to call the police.

Mukesh's sisters are having a hard time at the orphanage misdoings happening everywhere around them. In desperation, Mukesh decides to offer his sexual services even to men. In that process, he gets raped and beaten up by three troublemakers to whom he offers to have sex for money, which they obviously do not pay.

Mukesh feels betrayed by Sarika who has been the cause for his life's ruin. He barges into her home and demands money that is due to him. Sarika replies that she gave away his money to Johnny when Mukesh had sent him. Mukesh refuses to believe her words. Meanwhile Ashok(Sarika's husband) arrives home,sees door locked inside. He suspects adultery and threatens to disclose her to public, if she didn't open the door. Sarika draws Mukesh closer and she makes him stab her lightly to create the scene against Mukesh .In a state of shock, Mukesh stabs her three more times till her death in front of her husband and runs away to Johnny's house.

Meanwhile, Mukesh's two sisters call him and tell him that they have absconded from the orphanage due to ill-treatment from the warden. Mukesh gets up and looks puzzled at house, he cannot find either Johnny or his things. He calls him only to find out that Johnny has left for Mauritius using his money. Looking deceived and frustrated, he receives another call from his sister to pick them up at the railway station. Unable to answer, Mukesh tells them to wait till he arrives. On his way to station, Mukesh is seen by the police. Police chase Mukesh all the way to the top of a building's balcony. There is no way ahead and the police point a gun at him, making him stop. As the police come near him, he receives a phone call from his sisters again. With no way left, he jumps from the balcony and dies.

Production[edit]

Scripting

The screenplay was written by Ritesh Shah, based on a short story, The Railway Aunty by Mohan Sikka, published in 2009 anthology, Delhi Noir edited by Hirsh Sawhney.[2]

Casting

Director Ajay Bahl, had two choices for the lead role, Richa Chadda and Shilpa Shukla, whose work he had liked in Khamosh Pani. Shukla had recently done,Chak De! India, and he didn't want to go with a known face, so opted for Chaddha. However, when she was asked to act in Gangs of Wasseypur, he suggested that she do Anurag Kashyap's film, and opted for Shukla instead.[2]

Filming

The film was shot by director-cinematographer, Ajay Bahl in the bylanes of Paharganj, Barakhamba Road and Sarai Rohilla area of Delhi, and the principal photography which started in July 2011 in Delhi, after two months devoted to look test, was completed in January 2012.[3]

Music

Background score composed by Alokananda Dasgupta.

Release[edit]

The film was premiered at the 2012 Osian's Cinefan Festival of Asian and Arab Cinema in Delhi, it was commercially released all over India on 2 August 2013.[2]

Critical reception[edit]

The movie garnered an average rating of close to 3.4

Awards[edit]

At the 2012 Osian's Cinefan Festival of Asian and Arab Cinema, the film won the Best Film Award in the 'Indian competition' section, while debutante Shadab Kamal won the Best Actor award.[4][5] Later at the 2012 Montreal World Film Festival the film was part of the 'First Films World Competition',[6] where it was nominated for the Golden Zenith for the Best First Fiction Feature Film.

In January 2013, at the first South Asian Film Festival held in Paris it won The Prix Du Public (voted best film by the French Audience).[7]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "B.A. Pass (2013) | Box Office Earnings". Bollywood Hungama. Retrieved 4 November 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Ajay Bahl: ‘B.A. Pass’ notes:How a short story became a full-length movie". Mint. 1 June 2013. Retrieved 1 June 2013. 
  3. ^ Shilpa's BA Pass In Delhi
  4. ^ "'BA Pass' wins best film award at Osian's-Cinefan festival". Hindustan Times. 5 August 2012. Retrieved 20 February 2013. 
  5. ^ ""BA Pass" wins best film award at Osian's-Cinefan festival". Indian Express. 6 August 2012. Retrieved 20 February 2013. 
  6. ^ T’Cha Dunlevy, GAZETTE FILM CRITIC (31 August 2012). "B. A. Pass: Dark, racy tale explores the world of male prostitution". Montreal Gazette. Retrieved 20 February 2013. 
  7. ^ "Vazhakku Enn 18/9: Tamil movie wins best film award in Paris". 

Bibliography[edit]

  • Delhi Noir (Akashic noir series), ed. Hirsh Sawhney. Akashic Books, 2009. ISBN 193335478X.

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