Hari Om (Contemporary World Cinema)
2004 - India - 108 minutes
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CAST: Vijay Raaz, Camille Natta, Jean Marie Lemour
Director Bharatbala’s feature debut offers a cosmopolitan and emotionally riveting look at how we all relate to the (sometimes strange) world around us and those that we share it with. Hari Om (Monsoon Wedding’s Raaz) is a proud rickshaw driver whose universe revolves around his cab. He drinks too much and can’t quite keep his hands clean, and when a group of hoods threaten to repo his rickshaw, his small life threatens to shatter. Enter Isa, a French woman in town to sightsee while her boyfriend conducts business. Through a set of unlikely circumstances, Isa and Hari construct a private universe as they travel through the country in his yellow rickshaw. They forge through English conversations, and each struggles to understand the other. As their attraction grows, they wrestle with the feelings of suspicion and confusion that emerge from their unfamiliarity with each other’s cultures. Sophisticated visuals jump to life on screen, and one feels submerged in the vivid chaos of Jaipur and the serenity of the Rajasthan countryside. Bharatbala’s poetic travelogue contemplates love, place, cultural barriers, universal emotions, and those fleeting times of total liberation. Based in Mumbai, Bharatbala has directed more than 300 TV commercials and several short films. He also helmed the first-ever Indian Imax picture, Taj Mahal-The Heart of India (’04).
PRODUCER: Kumar S. Taurani, Ramesh S. Taurani
CINEMATOGRAPHER: Angus Hudson
EDITOR: Kanika Myer
MUSIC: Nitin Sawhney
SPECIAL INFO: Director Present!
PRINT SOURCE: Menemsha Films