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Janani's Juliet by Pankaj Rishi Kumar

Kausalya lost Shankar in an attack perpetrated by her own family for marrying against their wishes. Deeply disturbed by a spate of honour killings, Indianostrum, a Pondicherry based theatre group, sets out to introspect the implications of caste, class and gender. They adapt Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet to their story. What emerges is a critical reflection and commentary on the contemporary world, where love struggles to survive.

Best Long Documentary, International Film Festival Kerala
Best Documentary, SiGNS, Kerala
Entry, Oscars 2019
Film Southasia, Kathmandu

Pankaj Rishi Kumar graduated from the Film and Television Institute of India with a specialisation in Film Editing. After editing numerous documentaries and TV serials, he made his first film Kumar Talkies. Subsequently, he has become a one-man crew, producing, directing, shooting and editing his own films, which have screened at film festivals the world over. Pankaj has won grants from Hubert Bals, IFA, Jan Vrijman, AND (Korea), Banff, Majlis, Sarai and Pad.ma. An alumnus of the Asian Film Academy (Pusan) and Berlin Talents, Pankaj also curates and teaches.

  • Associate Director, Line Producer, Sound Recordist: C. Vinayak Ram
  • Cinematographer, Sound Designer, Editor: Pankaj Rishi Kumar
  • Script Writer: Ambika Gupta
  • Sound Mixer: Pritam Das
  • Project Partner: Doordarshan

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