Shahjahanpur ka Laatsahab
Shahjahanpur ka Laatsahab

Shahjahanpur ka Laatsahab

2018 | 33 minutes  | 

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  • Director: Vikram Saxena
  • Cast: Shakuntala Agrawal, Sushma Mehrotra, Ashfaq Ullah Khan, Sumit Rastogi, Richard Slade, Poonam Mehrotra
  • Awards: Best Documentary (Jury) - Mumbai Shorts International Film Festival 2018, 2nd Best Documentary - New Delhi Film Festival 2018, Best Documentary - Bangalore Shorts Film Festival 2018, Official Selection - Woodpecker International Film Festival 2018
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Reality in the small town of Shahjahanpur in north India is much stranger than fiction. Every year, on the day of Holi, the festival of color, one man - ‘Laatsahab’ - is put atop a bullock cart and paraded around town to be abused, beaten and splashed with colored water. He is garlanded with shoes, and followed around the city by a frenzied mob that celebrates this assault. Explore this bizarre tradition, and the conflict between those who perpetuate it and those who seek an end to this mindless violence.