Directed by Vandana Kataria
At the Noble Valley boarding school in India, the boys are abuzz with excitement over the Founder’s Day production of The Merchant of Venice. The charismatic drama teacher Murali takes a shine to Shay, a sensitive young student who is constantly victimized by the other boys, and decides to cast him in the lead role. Bully Baadal, who covets the lead, laments being relegated to understudy and resolves to secure the role at all costs, turning to his friend Arjun for help. What unfolds is tantamount to Shakespearean tragedy as battling egos and toxic masculinity lay waste to childhood innocence and lead to humiliation, murder, and revenge.
Director Vandana Kataria fearlessly grapples with difficult themes as she explores the monstrous culture of an elite boarding school in her debut feature film.
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Screening made possible by: Sakhi for South Asian Women
Vandana Kataria graduated from the National Institute of Design. She began her career as a production designer working on films such as OYE LUCKY! LUCKY OYE! (2008), SHANGHAI (2012), and DETECTIVE BYOMKESH BAKSHI (2015). In 2016, she was selected to be a part of the Berlinale Talent Campus and directed the music video “Jungli Sher” for Indian rap sensation DIVINE, shot entirely on an iPhone 6s. Kataria also has experience directing television commercials and is now making her debut as a writer and director with her first feature-length film, NOBLEMEN.