B.A. Pass

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B.A.Pass
B A Pass Theatrical Poster.jpg
Directed by Ajay Bahl
Produced by Narendra Singh
Ajay Bahl
Written by Ritesh Shah
Based on The Railway Aunty
by Mohan Sikka
Starring Shilpa Shukla
Bhanu Pratap Sharma
Rajesh Sharma
Pradeep Thakran
Dibyendu Bhattacharya
Music by Alokananda Dasgupta
Cinematography Ajay Bahl
Edited by Pravin Angre
Production
company
Filmybox n Tonga Talkies
Distributed by VIP Films
Release date
  • 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 20 million (US$280,000)
Box office 59 million (US$820,000)[1]

B.A. Pass is a 2013 Hindi neo noir film, produced by Narendra Singh 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 the 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. Upon release, the movie received universal critical acclaim.

Plot[edit]

The story begins with the death of the parents of Mukesh, a teenager who has just graduated from senior high school. Mukesh is put into the care of an unfriendly aunt. He struggles to get along with his aunt's family who refuses to provide him with any money. As he struggles to study in the first year of his BA, he also worries for his two sisters who have been sent to live in a girls' home. Mukesh bonds with an undertaker named Johnny over their mutual love of chess. Johnny has a brother in Mauritius who has invited him to live there but Johnny has no money to get to Mauritius. He tells Mukesh of his dream to leave the country one day.

One day Mukesh is introduced to Sarika Aunty at a get together in his aunt's neighbourhood. He happens to go to Sarika's home to get apples when he is seduced by Sarika. She pays him for his services. Sarika introduces Mukesh to many older women who finally make him a male prostitute. On one occasion Sarika and Mukesh are discovered by her husband who complains to Mukesh's 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.

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 returns saying that she refused to do so and threatened to call the police.

Meanwhile, Mukesh's sisters are having a hard time at the orphanage. Out of desperation, Mukesh decides to offer his sexual services to men. In the process, he gets raped and beaten up by a gang.

Feeling betrayed by Sarika and holding her responsible for his misery, Mukesh barges into her home and demands money that is due to him. Sarika says she gave the money to Johnny but Mukesh refuses to believe her. Sarika's husband, Ashok arrives and to prove her innocence Sarika makes an unsuspecting Mukesh stab her lightly to make it look like he attacked her. In a state of shock, Mukesh stabs her three more times till she dies in front of Ashok. Mukesh then runs away to Johnny's house.

Shortly, he receives a call from his sisters who have run away from the orphanage and need his help. Mukesh realises that Johnny has packed up and left the country with Mukesh's money. He receives another call from his sisters to pick them up at the railway station. Unable to answer, Mukesh tells them to wait till he arrives. On his way he is seen by the police who chase him to the top of a building's balcony. As the police point a gun at him he gets yet another call from his sister. With no way left, he jumps off the balcony and dies.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

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]

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]

This film was mostly shot in Delhi. It 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.[4]

The background score was 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]

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.[5][6] Later at the 2012 Montreal World Film Festival the film was part of the 'First Films World Competition',[7] 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).[8]

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. ^ "Who was Shikha Joshi?". news.biharprabha.com. 18 May 2015. Retrieved 18 May 2015.
  4. ^ "Shilpa's BA Pass In Delhi". The Times of India. 2011-06-17. Retrieved 2016-06-27.
  5. ^ "'BA Pass' wins best film award at Osian's-Cinefan festival". Hindustan Times. 5 August 2012. Retrieved 20 February 2013.
  6. ^ ""BA Pass" wins best film award at Osian's-Cinefan festival". Indian Express. 6 August 2012. Retrieved 20 February 2013.
  7. ^ 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.
  8. ^ "Vazhakku Enn 18/9: Tamil movie wins best film award in Paris". Archived from the original on 25 January 2013.

Bibliography[edit]

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

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