The Funeral/ Ram Prasad Ki Tehrvi
Dir: Seema Pahwa / India / 105 minutes / Hindi / 2019
According to the Hindu traditions and rituals, after the death of a person, the customs are to be performed for thirteen days, known as ‘Tehrvi’. This story talks about the truth behind these thirteen days. It is a satire on the traditions and rituals of our Indian society. Every kind of relationship has its own truth. But with some close relations, we are not really given any choice, love, respect, and care become an expectation and a responsibility rather than a personal expression. In playing the formal characters enforced on us, we often forget to say ‘thank you’ and ‘sorry’ in these relations. With time, it becomes difficult to speak the unspoken but emotions are felt more deeply after reaching a certain age. The day we find our voice, we start living again. Bauji’s wish to have his family under one roof is fulfilled after his death.
MAMI Film Fest/Spotlight Section
Director biography and filmography:
Seema Bhargav Pahwa is an Indian film, television and theatre actress. She started her acting career with a Delhi based theatre troupe, Sambhav. Her first break in television was with the daily soap, Hum Log (1984), directed by P Kumar Vasudev. Her role as Badki in the serial was widely loved by the audience and critically acclaimed. At the 63rd Filmfare awards she was nominated for two films in the Best Supporting Actress category (Bareilly Ki Barfi and Shubh Mangal Saavdhan). Ram Prasad Ki Tehrvi is her first film as a director.
Producers – Manish Mundra, Jyoti Deshpande
Scriptwriter – Seema Pahwa
Cinematographer – Sudip Sengupta
Editor – Dipika Kalra
Music – Sagar Desai
Sound Designer – Resul Pookutty, Amrit Pritam
Art Director – Krishna Swain
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