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Om Dar-B-Dar: Screening
July 15, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
NFDC & Big FM present a screening and a Q & A of Kamal Swarup’s cult classic Om Dar-b-dar. A film which premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival in 1988, went onto numerous festivals and got it’s release in its home country after 26 years in 2014.
The screening will be followed by a discussion with Director Kamal Swaroop and Siddharth from BIG FM.
Om makes a living by holding his breath. He becomes a star attraction during the Pushkar fair by giving darshan to the masses at a fixed time, emerging from the water. A mass movement starts in his name. At a fixed time everybody is going to hold his or her breath as a protest against the Brahma’s big breath. But Om’s non-cooperation is to breathe… and if he breathes in the water…he dies. It’s the murder plan by the water proof watch company.
Although the film was never released or seen in India during its initial rounds at the film festivals, Om-Dar-B-Dar has in the past 20 years gained a huge cult following and fame amongst film critics, scholars, industry insiders and cinephiles alike. One of the first serious articles about the film was written on the film blog The Seventh Art. The blog stated, “Swaroop’s film is an antithesis to whatever is recognized globally as Indian cinema – a reason good enough to make Om-Dar-Ba-Dar a must-see movie” and that the movie can be defined as many things, the most popular of them “the great Indian LSD trip.” The film can also be looked at as a jab at mainstream Indian cinema, and many of the themes and images in the film are direct satires of conventions of Bollywood filmmaking.