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Namdev Bhau - DFW
Angelika Film Center & Café
Plano, TX
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Namdev Bhau - DFW
India | 2018 | 84 min I Hindi/Marathi with English subtitles
Dir : Dar Gai

Short Synopsis
A 65 year old chauffeur, who is tired of the noises in the obstreperous Mumbai City life and has completely stopped speaking, decides to leave everything in search for 'Silent Valley' which boasts of a naturally occurring phenomena having almost a zero decibel sound level. On this journey he chances upon an exasperating 12-year old boy, who happens to be on his own solo expedition to the mystical "Red Castle".

Long Synopsis
A chauffeur, NAMDEV BHAU (65), is so flustered by constant noise around him, that he has completely stopped speaking. To get away from all the noise he decides to undertake a journey to the Silent Valley. Namdev travels by train to a mountain town only to find that its noisier than the city. At the closest bus stop, he encounters a young hyper boy, Aaliq. Aaliq tries to explain that he needs to reach Red Castle and they must travel together as he is on a secret mission. When they finally reach Silent Valley. The valley is filled with disorderly students on a field trip. Namdev is disappointed and tears the newspaper article. Aaliq proposes they go to Red Castle. Namdev reluctantly agrees. Next morning, Namdev goes to the local café for breakfast while Aaliq sleeps. He overhears a television news-report about a couple who was killed by their relatives for eloping. It also mentions that their 12-year-old son is missing. Namdev gets a hunch that they are speaking of Aaliq and rushes back. After a brief conversation, Namdev understands the boys naivety for believing that his parents will meet him at the Red Castle as per instructions. Namdev decides to take him to the Red Castle and see what ensues.  They reach the Red Castle. Aaliq rushes ahead for delivering the scroll to the King in Red Robe. Aaliq kneels before a Buddhist Monk and gives him the scroll. After reading, the Monk glances at Namdev, who nods to affirm. The Monk escorts Aaliq inside. Namdev leaves from the castle and stops for tea. Fireworks go off nearby and a big procession passes him by. As people dance wildly around him, a smile appears on Namdevs face. Amidst the noise and chaos, Namdev smiles unabashedly, and begins dancing.

Director: Daria Gaikalova (Dar Gai)
Daria was first cast as lead actress in a play when she was 10 years old, since then she has acted and directed multiple theatre productions in Kiev, working with the best producers and critically acclaimed directors in Ukraine. After obtaining a Bachelors and Masters degree in Philosophy with a minor in Film & Theatre from Kiev, Daria moved to India to teach screenwriting at Whistling Woods International (Indias Premier private Film School). While exploring India, she came across many underlying societal idiosyncrasies which were fascinating when looked at from an objective point of view. Her first narrative feature called Teen Aur Aadha was co-produced and presented by noted Indian filmmaker Anurag Kashyap, follows the story of one house which 50 years ago was a school, 20 years later turns into a brothel and in present day it plays home to a 75 year old couple. Interestingly the entire film was filmed  in three long shots. It has been selected in over 35 International Festivals winning 12 awards in the process. Dars second film Namdev Bhau is premiered at the Busan International Film Festival, and had its UK Premier at BFIs London Film Festival.

Busan International Film Festival (World Premier)
BFI's London International Film Festival (UK Premier)


Angelika Film Center & Café (View)
7205 Bishop Rd
Plano, TX 75024
United States


Film > Movies
Film > Premiers

Minimum Age: 13
Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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