India | 2013 | 88 minutes | Amit Kumar
In this moody and engaging Indian crime-thriller, rookie cop Adi finally gets a chance to prove himself when he corners an infamous hitman. Armed and on target, Adi must decide whether or not to shoot.
May 16, 2014
AMC Pacific Place 11
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May 17, 2014
SIFF Cinema Uptown Festival
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May 19, 2014
Lincoln Square Cinemas
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“Does the end justify the means?” This is a phrase that is repeated throughout Monsoon Shootout as a careful warning and constant inner mantra for rookie cop Adi. Regardless of his own morals, any move he makes could potentially threaten the lives around him. In this moody Indian crime thriller, Adi finally gets a chance to prove himself on the Mumbai police force, but soon discovers he’s in over his head when he and his case-hardened partner Khan get caught up in a cat-and-mouse game with the slum community’s most feared gangsters. The fated moment arrives on a rainy Mumbai night when, after a foot race through an alley, Adi corners the infamous assassin Shavi, known as “The Axe Man” for his daunting choice of weapon. Armed and on target, Adi must decide whether to shoot or not to shoot, with the possible consequences shown as various alternate endings. Director Amit Kumar paints this portrait of existential struggle in all the dark shadows and stylized neon lights of a modern noir while effectively juxtaposing the seedy nightlife with lighter, more realistic shots of day-to-day life in the community. Monsoon Shootout provides a multi-layered storyline that comes off as suspenseful and compelling rather than convoluted, leaving it up to the audience to answer for themselves if Adi’s end really does justify his means.
Amit Kumar graduated in film direction from the Indian National Film School. His student film Judgment Day, a single shot short film about a custodial death and its shocking cover-up, brought him a grant for Artist Residency from the Chicago Artists International Programme. His short film The Bypass, produced under UK Film Council and Film Four's Cinema Extreme series, premiered at the Edinburgh International Film Festival and won the Kodak BAFTA showcase as well as second prize at the Turner Classic Movies Shorts Awards at the London Film Festival. Amit previously was associate director to the BAFTA-winning UK director Asif Kapadia on The Warrior, and to the Oscar winning German director, Florian Gallenberger, on his debut feature, Shadows of Time.
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|Principal Cast:||Vijay Verma, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Tannishtha Chatterjee, Neeraj Kabi, Geetanjali Thapa|
|Country:||India, United Kingdom, Netherlands|
|Running Time:||88 minutes|
|Producer:||Trevor Ingman, Guneet Monga, Martijn De Grunt|
|Editors:||Ewa Lind, Atanu Mukherjee|
|Website:||Official Film Website|
|Awards:||Hawaii International Film Festival 2013 (Netpac Award)|
|Filmography:||Debut Feature Film|
|International Sales:||Fortissimo Films|