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2018 Asian American International Film Festival


Taala Te Kunjee - Lock and Key

Directed by Shilpi Gulati

DOCUMENTARIES / India / Documentary / 81 mins / English, Punjabi with English subtitles / East Coast, New York City Premiere


Village East Cinema
July 29, 2018 1:30 pm Not Available


Q&A to follow with filmmakers

Four recovering addicts at a rehabilitation center in Punjab, India are helping families recover from the damage drugs have wrought on their lives. As the patients struggle to establish new relationships with their pasts, their wives strive to redefine the meaning of love. An intimate portrayal of recovery, LOCK & KEY is about relationships and the everyday labor of maintaining them.

Reviews: ‘The nuanced and a poetic documentary’ – The Hindu

‘Gulati gets up close, with the past and the present’ – The Indian Express

‘Documentary on Punjab’s drug problem is about the highs rather than the lows’ – Scroll

‘A soft treatment of the hardcore problem of drug addiction, a story told with compassion and kindness’ – Film SouthAsia

‘The biggest takeaway from Taala Te Kunjee is the breakdown of stigma and the idea that the drug addict is always an Other’ – First Post & Ladies Finger


Post Screening Panelists:

Shilpi Gulati, Director 

Tickets to Screening:

$16 General
$12 Student/Senior

Screening made possible by: Bangladesh Circle

Director's Bio

Shilpi Gulati is a filmmaker and researcher based out of New Delhi. Her body of work engages with themes of gender, performance, and oral traditions in India. Her last documentary QISSA-E-PARSI (2014) won the National Award for the Best Ethnographic Film. Her other works INSIDE OUT (2010), DERE TO DELHI (2012), and NAACH BHIKHARI NAACH (2018) have been screened at various festivals in Asia, Europe, and the United States. Gulati is also a Fulbright scholar and is currently pursuing her PhD at Jawaharlal Nehru University.


Producer: Dr. Simardeep Singh, Sehajdeep Singh
Assistant Director: Vishwa Gulati
Director of Photography: Udit Khurana
Editor: Vikash Malhotra
Sound: Varun Venugopal
Original Score: Vivek Sagar
Sound Mix: Sanjay Das
Location Sound: Pratik Biswas, Varun Venugopal, Prasenjit Das, Gourav Gill
Translations: Jasdeep Singh
Subtitles: Nishant Kabir, Vikash Malhotra
Graphic Design: Sahitya Rani

Dates & Times


Village East Cinema
July 29, 2018 1:30 pm Not Available