Suman Ghosh is an award-winning Indian filmmaker, with six feature films and one documentary film to date. He trained in film at Cornell University in New York, and his first feature film Footsteps (2006), starring Soumitra Chatterjee and Nandita Das, won two Indian National Film Awards in 2008. His film Nobel Thief (2011) had its world premiere at the Busan International Film Festival 2011, and was an official selection at the British Film Institute London Film Festival 2011. The film received the Best Indian Film Award at the Bengaluru International Film Festival 2012. His next feature film Shyamal Uncle Turns off the Lights (2012) had its world premiere at Busan International Film Festival 2012 and its North American Premiere at the MoMA, NY in 2012. It won the Outstanding International Feature Award at the Reelworld Film Festival 2013 in Toronto. His latest feature film, Kadambari (2015), has won several international awards and has been screened all over the world.
To Be Determined
In a remote village in India an announcement is made that the government will issue every individual with a card, called ‘Adhaar’, which will give them a unique identification number. Apparently, this 12-digit number will give them access to a lot of government benefits, which should change the lives of the poor, downtrodden people. Our protagonist, Dukhiram - a 60-year-old farmer, is issued such a card. As is usual amongst villagers, he then goes to a numerologist to check the good fortune of the number. The numerologist tells him that the number will be disastrous for his future. He makes some calculations and tells Dukhiram that the last three digits, 7-6-9, will bring death to his family. His wife will die within a year and Dukhiram will suffer a life threatening disease. He decides to give back the number but finds that it is only possible to exchange it. Apparently, if he can change the last 9 to an 8 then his future will be radically different, and his life will be a rags-to-riches tale. He asks the official to find out who has that number, and after consulting their records they inform him that it is owned by someone living in a posh area of Delhi. Dukhiram travels to Delhi to meet the person. What happens on his journey is what Adhaar (identity) is all about. It reveals the actual ‘Adhaar’ (the identity) of the country.