Haal E Kangaal

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Directed byRamchandra P. N.
Written byRamchandra P. N.
Produced bySonk Films
StarringNiraj Sah, Hemant Mahaur
CinematographyNarayanan Venkataraman
Release date
  • April 20, 2014 (2014-04-20) (Manipal International Film Festival)
Running time
105 minutes

Haal-E-Kangaal (Hindi: हाल ए कंगाल, English: The Bankrupts) is a minimalist Hindi language feature film. The film is shot in a single location – a suburban flat in the city of Mumbai. The film stars only two actors. Ramchandra PN served as both the writer and director. The film is a black comedy that is a humorous account of the artistic and intellectual bankruptcy of independent filmmaking scene that presently exists in India. In a larger context, the film subtly debates the role of a filmmaker / artist in a highly competitive self centric world.


Two struggling filmmakers meet after a gap of fifteen years and have to spend a few hours together. As one of them narrates a script of a film to the another over liberal doses of drinks, the past catches up with them and for the two friends the celebration soon turns into a secession of one up-man-ship where accusations flow freely – the question of success, of failures and of a subtle comparison of individual achievements arise. The duo by the end of the film realise that they are as bankrupt as ever – literally, and in all sense of the word.[1]


A rough cut was shown in 2014 at the Manipal International Film Festival.[2] The group Popup talkies has been taking the film as a part of its curated package on Indian art house movies to places like Hyderabad and Mumbai.[3][4]

Haal-E-Kangaal has its premier on the 10th of June 2018[5] at the Reaktor Indian Film Festival in Vienna, Austria as a part of a package of Indian Art House film curated by programme coordinator Vivek Singhania and Festival director Bernhard Kammel.[6]



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