The Filmmaker: An independent filmmaker Ashwin Kumar is known for his short film, Little Terrorist that was nominated for an Oscar and won many awards at various festivals. Since then he has made intriguing and controversial documentaries such as Inshallah, Kashmir (2012); Inshallah Football (2010) and Dazed in Doon (2010). The Forest his debut feature is finally hitting screens after a four-year hiatus.
The Film: A couple from a big city is on vacation in the Indian jungle to sort out a troubled marriage when they run into the wife’s ex-lover. As husband and lover lock horns for the woman, primitive instincts find voice in the wilderness and they become blind to signs of a lurking presence. A starving leopard has been shot by poachers and can’t hunt his normal prey. Desperate for a kill he turns on the weakest animal in the jungle – man. In a night of terror, survival will depend on outwitting a formidable hunter of the wild, a perfect killer who has become so accustomed to hunting man that he’s begun to think like us…
The Future: A film set in Delhi called Hype. It’s a coming of age story of a young girl who belongs to the lower middle class but aspires to be part of the swish circle one day. She wants the money, sex, parties, glamour, drugs and the high life. She lives on her own terms and makes her own path. And more so, it’s also the coming of age story of a new generation, which has a fundamental disconnect with earlier generations.
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The Forest releases 11th May, 2012._