Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s charismatic talent meets critically acclaimed film-maker Buddhadep Dasgupta’s direction in “Sniffer – Anwar Ka Ajab Kissa”.
A darkly comical tale of an alcoholic detective with a pet dog, “Sniffer” is set against the backdrop of Bengal- both through city and countryside.
Struggling to keep utterly “professional”, Anwar (Nawazuddin Siddiqui) cannot help but become personally tangled with his client’s personal affairs. Good hearted yet unconventional, Anwar is despised by the heavily orthodox Muslim community he lives amongst.
Adamant to banish Anwar, he is not only in conflict with his neighbours but he is also in conflict with his heart. An eye- opening assignment reveals to him that in this modern world, even love cannot escape a material price and is for sale.
Business takes Anwar back to his village whilst destiny forces him to confront a personal love tragedy.
Emotions, comedy and suspense are all intrinsic to Anwar’s tale.
Buddhadeb Dasgupta is not only one of India’s highly acclaimed filmmakers, but is also a prominent poet and novelist.
His films are celebrated at film festivals internationally and have won prestigious awards including- “the Special Jury Award” at the “Locarno Film Festival”, “Outstanding Film Certificate” at the “South Asian Film Festival” and the “Best Director Prize” at the “Venice Film Festival”.
Having originally started out as an Economics professor, Buddhadeb Dasgupta turned to filmmaking in the late 1970’s- after he felt that the socio-economic theory he was teaching did not reflect the values and reality around him.
However, it is clear that Mr Dasgupta had always been curious about film. He had joined the “Calcutta Film Society” during his senior high school years and discovered work from the likes of Charlie Chaplin, Roberto Rossellini and Vittorio De Sica.
Buddhadeb Dasgupta’s earlier films were heavily inspired by the legendary Indian filmmaker Satyajit Ray. Taking inspiration, his films flourished into developing their own style.
Having made his first short documentary “The Continent of Love” in 1968, it was not long before a filmmaking career had definitely bloomed with the first feature film “Dooratwa” in 1978.
Some examples of Dasgupta’s highly acclaimed works are: “Bagh Bahudur” (1989)- a film portraying the hardships of rural Indian life and a protagonist who paints himself as a tiger, dancing around the village; “Charachar” (1994) – a poignant story of a bird catcher who wrestles with his conscience and eventually must confront dire consequences; “Uttara” (2000)- a thriller with homo-erotic undertones based on a short story by Samaresh Bose.
“Sniffer: Anwar Ka Ajab Kissa” London Film Festival 2013 Screenings:
VUE, Screen 7: October 17, 2013 6:00PM
Rich Mix, Screen 1: October 18, 2013 6:10PM
VUE, Screen 5: October 20, 2013: 12:30PM