This past Friday we headed downtown for the U.S. debut of Barah Aana (translation: Shortchanged) at the Chicago International Film Festival. It was an intimate and exciting setting, and we actually ended up seated behind the very talented and down-to-earth director, Raja Menon.
Trailer (without subtitles)
The Indian independent film was entertaining and thought-provoking, laden with commentaries and reflection about India’s newly-developed social structure. As Menon described it succinctly, the movie was about dignity— the necessity, cost and implications—told through the stories of three flatmates, each of a different generation, in Mumbai. Although it is set in India, the movie and theme resonate worldwide, which explains why the audience (us included) was completely caught up in the film’s characters and plot. Heck, we’re still thinking about it. Needless to say, we highly recommend Shortchanged.
Menon was gracious enough to participate in an honest question and answer session following the screening. We also managed to snag him after that for a brief TKGO interview of our own, below.
TKGO Interview with Raja Menon
-Tara and Karina for TKGO