THE GODESS AND THE HERO
DEVI AUR HERO
India, 2019., 117′
Kaali Ghosh, who has been kept as a sex slave by an industrialist’s son, escapes. But she needs to solve the case of her constant blackouts. For this she visits a therapist whose ad she sees in the papers. Vikrant Saraswat is a therapist who is himself seeking therapy for sex addiction and his worst fear is getting back to work and seeing a woman client who he is attracted to. And Kaali meets him. They both need to help each other out, before the shadow sides of their minds completely take over their worlds and push them into doom. Will Kaali be able to step out of her Dissociative Identity disorder and make peace with the identities created within her? Will Vikrant be able to reconnect with the feminine, beyond his addiction and find salvation in doing his work righteously and aptly? The chaos of Mumbai, the noise, the suffocation of its visual landscape and its sounds, forms the backdrop for their journeys into their own mental labyrinth.
Aditya Kripalani (1981) Indian filmmaker, writer, musician and producer. Singapore based director Aditya Kripalani is a script writing graduate from the Film and Television Institute of India. Aditya Kripalani has been the Creative Head of IDream Production and Percept Picture Company. He’s been credited as the Script Consultant on multiple award-winning films like Tahaan, and Jogwa. He is best known for his books Backseat, Frontseat and Tikli and Laxmi Bomb. His third novel became his first film, which he wrote, directed and produced. Along with being screened at a lot of film festivals, the film won the Best Film award at the 9th Berlin Independent Film Festival, Best Film- Gender Equality award at the 20th UK Asian Film Festival in 2018 and once again Best Feature at the New Jersey Indian & International Film festival, 2018, and is now available on Netflix. His second film titled Tottaa Pataaka Item Maal (The Incessant Fear of Rape) opened at the Garden State Film Festival, New Jersey, followed by the Kala Ghoda Film Festival, the UK Asian Film Festival and Split Film Festival in 2019. Aditya’s third film, titled Devi Aur Hero (The Goddess and the Hero) won the prestigious NETPAC award for Best Film at the 25th Kolkata International Film Festival in November 2019 and is currently doing festival rounds. Aditya Kripalani has also been a writer and Creative Director in advertising in India, Singapore & Malaysia with wins at Cannes, the Korean Ad Stars and the Malaysian Kancil awards over the years.