Skip to main content

TIFF Preview/Review: Vasan Bala's Peddlers

TIFF Preview/Review:
Peddlers – City to City
Director: Vasan Bala
Country: India
Year: 2012
Language: Hindi
Runtime: 116 minutes
Rating: 14A
Screenplay: Vasan Bala
Production Co.: AKFPL, Sikhya Entertainment
Principal Cast: Gulshan Devaiah, Siddharth Menon, Kriti Malhotra, Nimrat Kaur, Murari Kumar


TIFF Schedule
Wednesday September 12 - TIFF Bell Lightbox 2 - 9:00 PM
Thursday September 13 - Cineplex Yonge & Dundas 3 - 9:00 PM
Sunday September 16 - Scotiabank 11 - 3:15 PM


You'll get a taste of the flavour of modern Mumbai and new indie Indian cinema in this first time feature from Vasan Bala peopled with hip twenty somethings who smoke pot, hang out at the night clubs and speak English as much as they do Hindi.

The film sets up three stories; first is Ranjit (Gulshan Devaiah) the Narcotics Control officer works out obsessively and who's determined to maintain his image as a player with the ladies even though physical issues get in the way. His story intersects with that of Mac (Siddharth Menon), a small-time drug dealer. Orphaned and rejected by his uncle, he's on the street and a kind of odd job man for a local dealer. Lovely Bilkis (Kriti Malhotra) was a teacher but now, stricken with terminal cancer, she works for the dealer too, taking on various roles for the money they bring.

As the story winds tighter around the three and slowly draws them together, character is revealed in bits and pieces. At first, they're deceptively sympathetic. Each has a cross to bear, a tragedy that shapes and molds their destiny and motivations. As they reveal themselves, however, they become multi-dimensional. Vasan Bala's clever and suspenseful script unpeels them like an onion to show the dark impulses that lie inside. The film reveals much in the subtle details and mannerisms of the three, each on a downward spiral of their own dysfunction, complicated, sympathetic and reprehensible at the same time; both abusive and abused by fate.

The city of Mumbai is a kind of supporting presence in this film, appearing as a shady world of gritty streets and shady nightclubs. The city is a moving target here, a perpetual motion machine that nonetheless has a lonely and impersonal feel. Even the soundtrack is kinetic - there's always music, voices, traffic, something that's coming in to remind you of its dense texture. It's the seamy underside of Mumbai that brings the three of them together, the labyrinthine and flourishing drug trade that draws each of them into its shadowy world.

Smart, realistic dialogue and gritty cinematography cut with edgy hand held camera work create just the right mood for this urban story of modern India.

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Film News - imagineNATIVE Embargo Collective at the Berlin Film Fest

Hot Off the Presses:
(and gosh, doesn't that expression sound quaint these days?)

imagineNATIVE’s EMBARGO COLLECTIVE
to have its European Premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival 2010
(Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin 11.-21.02.10)

(Toronto, February 3rd, 2010) The imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival is pleased to announce the official selection of the festival’s Embargo Collective programme for the Forum Expanded section of this year’s Berlin International Film Festival. This programme of works was commissioned by the imagineNATIVE festival for its 10th anniversary and will have its European premiere Monday, February 15th, 8.30pm at Cinema Arsenal 2 and a repeat screening Wednesday, February 17th, 4pm at CinemaxX 6.

Curated by imagineNATIVE’s Artistic Director Danis Goulet, the Embargo Collective is an international group of seven Indigenous artists at the forefront of the changing global landscape of Indigenous cinema. Inspired by Lars von Trier’s The Five Obstructi…

Esmeralda Enrique Spanish Dance Company Spring 2013 Toronto Performances

From a media release:

The new season brings
Esmeralda Enrique Spanish Dance Company
to new heights and new audiences

March 20-24, 2013 - A Night in Madrid
April 25-28, 2013 - Annual Toronto Season - World Premiere of Portales

TORONTO : Following on the heels of Esmeralda Enrique Spanish Dance Company's (EESDC) 30th anniversary year where its production Aguas/Waters was named one of the top five dance shows of 2012 by NOW Magazine, the early months of 2013 are full of excitement and possibility for Esmeralda and the company, which brings the finest flamenco and Spanish Classical Dance to Toronto stages.

March 20-24, 2013 - A Night in Madrid
Company dancers Esmeralda Enrique and Paloma Cortés perform Spanish Classical dance with the celebrated Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir for A Night in Madrid featuring the Iberian flavoured music of composer Luigi Boccherini who made his home in Spain. His work is infused with the sounds of Spanish and gypsy folk music.

March 20-24 …

Guitar Rock | Happy Freuds - Echo Of Sounds Independent: May 31, 2019

Guitar Rock
Happy Freuds - Echo Of Sounds
Independent: May 31, 2019
Stream/Buy on Bandcamp
Stream it on Spotify

With tight musicians and intriguing lyrics, Happy Freuds delivers high energy guitar rock with stylistic flair on Echo Of Sounds, their debut release. Produced with a minimum of overdubs or fixes, the album consists of a mix of original material, rearrangements of works from others and selected, less known, classic rock.

A kinetic rhythm section is the bones of the music, offering interesting patterns that augment sometimes unexpected harmonic changes. It's brainy rock, in other words, meant for music lovers who can appreciate the quality. Teo's vocals are raspy and expressive, growly when necessary - perfect for the musical mode. Teo also covers lead guitar, adapt at ear worm leads, with a tone that can be clean or dirty as required

Their sound ranges from straight up hard rock in tracks like The Mountain to the pop-flavoured acoustic Background Noise and folky To …