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Badnam Basti

Alley of Ill Repute

Briefly released in 1971 and subsequently lost for decades until its rediscovery in 2019, Badnam Basti is the debut feature of Indian New Wave filmmaker Prem Kapoor. His artfully hewn, musical melodrama, an adaptation of Kamleshwar Prasad Saxenaa’s eponymous novel, traces a circular relationship between its three main characters: dashing truck driver bandit Sarnam, the lovely Bansuri who he saves from being raped and handsome Shivraj, who works in a temple is later hired by Sarnam. Enjoy the urgency and immediacy of this important landmark of Hindi cinema!

Director

Prem Kapoor

Country

India

Year

1971

Dialogue Language

Hindi

Subtitle Language

Primary Contact

Carsten Zimmer

Production company

Arsenal - Institut für Film und Videokunst e.V.