“Feast of Varanasi” is an independent movie and a thriller directed by Rajan Kumar Patel.
The action is based in Varanasi (Benares), the oldest living city in the world.
I won’t say much about the story in order to keep it as a surprise to some future audiences, it is a classic thriller using universal topics of the duality of life and death, good and bad or light and darkness however it is depicted with a new twist using the culture, legends and Hindu iconography specific to Varanasi making it realistic and appropriate to anyone who knows the city.
The strength of this movie also lies in the fact that it was done with a small budget which allows a sensible and pragmatic atmosphere that Rajan Patel managed to compose successfully without betraying the essence of the Eternal city.
A few words regarding the wonderful actors making the couple of police inspectors, Adil Hussain (who featured in “Life of Pi”, “English Vinglish” or “Raag”) and Tannishtha Chatterjee (who featured in “Gulaab Gang”...
The picture "India's Cellphone Revolution" was published in French weekly newspapers LE 1 released the 14th December, 2016.
It is a portrait of a Sadhu with a mobile phone carried as an amulet necklace, it was shot along the Ganges in Varanasi (Benares).
India has a capacity of keeping its traditions while ajusting to modernity.
Revolutions come slow but life changes fast and in the instant this holy man with a naked body, long matted hair and beard, appears wearing his mobile phone among religious symbols such as rudraksh beads necklaces.
The contrast says so much about today's India, a country that manages to live in several centuries at the same time.