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Laila Aur Satt Geet

(The Shepherdess and the Seven Songs)

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Gojri | Fiction

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DIRECTOR

Pushpendra Singh studied at the Film and Television Institute of India, where he is now a visiting faculty member. His debut feature as a director 'Lajwanti' premiered at the Berlin Film Festival in 2014. 'Ashwatthama', his second feature (recipient of the ACF - Post Production grant) premiered at the Busan International Film Festival. It went on to play at film festivals in Hong Kong, Munich, Singapore, Italy and Mumbai.

For 'Laila Aur Satt Geet', he decided to adapt a local folk tale where the struggles of a woman become the metaphor for the struggles of Kashmir, in India. It's through this struggle he questions the concept of identity.
Pushpendra Singh

SYNOPSIS

Laila is a beautiful young girl belonging to the Gujjar-Bakarwal tribe, a community of nomadic shepherds in Kashmir. She marries Tanvir a fellow tribesman and in the winter the couple migrates to the plains with their tribe to escape heavy snowfall in the Valley. Her beauty quickly becomes the talk of the surrounding areas. A local police officer, Rishi, and his consort Mushtaq, a forest officer, raid the Bakarwal camp with the pretext of catching a glimpse of her; her beauty leaves them awestruck. What ensues is a twisted game begins between Mushtaq and Laila, wherein she must use her wits to stay clear of his blatant advances while being disillusioned by her husband, Tanvir's inaction.

Laila Aur Satt Geet is part allegory, part ethnographic study, and part feminist fairytale, using the narrative device of local folk songs — seven, to be exact — to describe Laila's inner and outer worlds.

CAST

NAVJOT RANDHAWA
NAVJOT RANDHAWA
SADAQAT AHMAD
SADAQAT AHMAD

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