Siddharth Chauhan’s feature debut Amar Colony to world premiere at 26th Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival – Planet Bollywood

Writer-director Siddharth Chauhan’s feature debut is set in his hometown of Shimla, Amar Colony, for its world premiere at the prestigious 26th Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival to be held November 11-27 in Estonia.

Amar Colony is the only Indian film to be part of the festival’s “First Feature Competition” this year. The film revolves around three women going through their social life, representing the human condition, in a chawl, with Nimisha Nair, Sangeeta Agrawal and Usha Chauhan.

Amar Colony was the first project from Himachal Pradesh to hit the NFDC Film Bazaar co-production market in 2018.

Other films shown at the Tallinn Film Festival include Mukkabaaz by Anurag Kashyap, Tumbbad by Rahi Anil Barve, Village Rockstars by Rima Das, Bhonsle by Devashish Makhija, Taking the Horse to Eat Jalebis by Anamika Haksar.

The film is produced by ‘Indie Film Collective’, a film initiative launched by Nisheeth Kumar and his friends in India in 2018. The film is produced in association with ‘Goopy Bagha Productions’.

Excited about the world premiere, rookie director Siddharth Chauhan of award-winning shorts Papa and Pashi says, “I am delighted to know that my film will premiere at the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival. Amar Colony is a dream come true. In 2012, I dreamed of making a feature film in Shimla. I was 22, starry eyed but very serious about it. I felt it would take me about 10 years to gain experience and make my first feature film in Shimla! Amar Colony finally comes out – exactly after 10 years. I was right but I regret not having thought of doing it sooner”.

Sharing his joy, producer Nisheeth Kumar said, “Amar Colony was a labor of love and passion. It captures a hidden underworld of human desires and fears through the intertwined lives of three women in the belly of a chawl in a small town in the lower Himalayas”.

From the festival team’s point of view, “Amar Colony is life itself with its psychological enigmas, its scandals, its politics. Its inhabitants embody a multigenerational humanity, united in a limited space. They meet, they talk, they cheat, they have secrets and they share meals, they love each other, they abuse each other, they believe in God and they refuse to die. A delicate and singular portrait of an exotic community that represents us all, this film is a satire of humanity.

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