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Bahurupiya by Sidharth Srinivasan

An exploration of the lives of two folk performers, whose fading, inherited profession involves ‘wearing many faces’. Kishan Bahurupiya is a low-caste Punjabi Hindu who transforms into a monkey, while Abdul Hamid is a Muslim Bhand from Rajasthan who assumes the mythical role of the Hindu demon king Ravana so completely that it has become second nature to him. The film chronicles their love for their art.

EBS Documentary Film Festival, South Korea
Film Festival of Stuttgart
Mumbai International Film Festival, Mumbai
IAS International Film Festival, Sharjah
SiGNS, Kerala
International Film Festival , Trivandrum
ViBGYOR Film Festival, Thrissur
National Film Festival on Art and Artists, Bhubaneshwar

Sidharth Srinivasan started out as assistant to renowned filmmaker Kumar Shahani. He has made documentaries for UNESCO, served on the NETPAC jury and at various festivals including Pacific Meridian, Berlin, Tallinn Black Knights and Dhaka. His feature Pairon Talle premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival.

  • Cinematography: Srishti Lakhera
  • Sound: Arjun Singh
  • Editing: Shikha Gupta
  • Project Partner: Doordarshan

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