|Directed by||Qaushiq Mukherjee, known as 'Q'|
|Produced by||Overdose Joint|
|Written by||Surojit Sen
|Music by||Five Little Indians (music)
|Editing by||Manas Mittal
Gandu is a 2010 black-and-white Indian film, in the Bengali language, directed by Q who has described the film as a "rap musical". It features Anubrata, Joyraj, Kamalika, Silajit, and Rii in the lead roles. The film's music is by the alternative rock band Five Little Indians. Gandu previewed at Yale University before making its international premiere on October 29, 2010 at the 2010 South Asian International Film Festival in New York City. Gandu was an official selection at the 2011 Berlin International Film Festival and was also screened at the Slamdance Film Festival.
Gandu has received mainly positive reviews from critics. John Reis called it "a stunning visual and narrative feast" while Variety said it is "a happily transgressive rhyme-fueled romp". Gandu has caused some controversy because of language and scenes of full frontal sex. Media outlets have reported audience walkouts during sex scenes. Because of the controversy the film did not have its first public screening in India until 2012 at the Osian Film Festival.
Frustrated with his life in a poor Kolkata neighborhood, aspiring rapper Gandu steals money from his mother to finance a trip with his friend Ricksha. The two go off in a heroin-induced haze, finding it increasingly difficult to separate reality from hallucination.
The film is shot mostly in black and white stressing on the bleak existence of the protagonist. At the end of the movie, the film shifts to the color mode showing that the character is enjoying the colorful existence induced by the drug he has consumed with his friend.
Gandu also ponders on the meaning of life and what we must do with it.
- Anubrata Basu as Gandu
- Joyraj Bhattacharjee/ Joyraj as Ricksha
- Kamalika Banerjee/ Kamalika as Gandu's mother
- Shilajeet Majumdar/ Silajit as Dasbabu
- Rituparna Sen / Rii as the Girl in the Cafe/Kaali/the Prostitute
Gandu was shot in Kolkata on a limited budget with only eight crew members. It was filmed in black and white with one scene in color and had no official script. Q. used a high-definition Canon EOS 7D Single-lens reflex camera to shoot the film. In order to prepare the cast for their nude scenes, Q. required them to undergo several workshops in which they used Boal techniques. Rituparna, who plays several different roles in the film, is Q.'s real life girlfriend.
The film's soundtrack has garnered rave reviews as well, composed by the Calcutta-based alternative rock band Five Little Indians and mixed by London-based producer Miti Adhikari.
- 2010 - Jury Award for Best Film at the South Asian International Film Festival
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