Shahjahanpur ka Laatsahab
SMOKING, ALCOHOL, SUBSTANCE USE, FOUL LANGUAGE
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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
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.