Directed by: Buddhadeb Dasgupta 2016 | 88 min.

Section: Spotlight on India

Premiere: United States Premiere

Countries: India

Languages: Bengali, with English subtitles

Genres: Drama, Magical Realism, Social Issues


Sponsored by:


More Fellini-esque than Bollywood, the latest film from Buddhadeb Dasgupta, one of India’s most-celebrated directors, is a lyrical and at times comedic three-part portrait of rural Indian life.

Like a strange fairytale THE BAIT (TOPE) is about a hunter from a royal descendant who desperately attempts to kill a tiger but fails miserably each time. So a film crew wants to make a documentary about him. Meanwhile, a postman becomes the town’s new psychic by stealing all their mail and fortifying himself in a tall tree while he yells at them their “fortunes”. He tells Munni, the impoverished pre-teen daughter of a low-cast couple who make a living as traveling street performers, that she will marry in four years. All these narrative threads initially unfold separately, then cross and intertwine.

Buddhadeb Dasgupta, a published poet, former economics professor and multiple prize-winning director in his native India, has created a film that appears entirely out of time. Some characters are stuck in an antique fantasy version of India, while others live fully modern lives. But their obstacles are wholly contemporary. Class, wealth and inequality is at the center of this fable, and viewers are encouraged to draw their own conclusion after the spine-chilling finale.


Sunday, November 06 5:45 PM Dole Cannery E Date Passed
Tuesday, November 08 3:30 PM Dole Cannery E Date Passed

Cast & Crew

Director Buddhadeb Dasgupta
Producer Pawan Kanodia
Cast Sudipto Chatterjee, Paoli Dam, Paoli Dam, Chandan Roy Sanyal, Chandan Roy Sanyal
Cinematographer Asim Bose
Editor Amitava Dasgupta
Writer Buddhadeb Dasgupta, Narayan Ganguly
  • Content and Design Copyright © 2009-2017 Hawaii International Film Festival
  • Built on Airship CMS