Garbage – a political drama that reflects the times we are living in, will be premiering at Panorama, Berlinale this year. Directed by Q, it is produced by Shaailesh R Singh and Hansal Mehta of Karma Entertainment & Media LLP, and Q of ODDJOINT.
The film tells the story of Phanishwar (Tanmay Dhanania), Nanaam (Satarupa Das) and Rami (Trimala Adhikari). It speaks of these people who are lost in their own dark worlds and come together only to inflict damage on each other.
Phanishwar is a taxi driver in Goa, living with a mysterious girl, Nanaam, who he keeps in chains. Rami is a medical student and a victim of revenge porn leaked online by an ex-boyfriend. When she seeks refuge in Goa, she stumbles into the strange but placid lives of Phanishwar and Nanaam.
What ensues is an intricate, steely drama between the characters, questioning and confronting the prevalent concepts of gender, freedom, and faith, as is in India, today.
“I see garbage as a strong metaphor for human existence. I am shocked at the level of violent patriarchy and general apathy around me. India has been changing and sucking itself into an abyss of misunderstanding and delusion, aided strongly by mainstream religious sentiments. There’s an imminent threat of the fragile social fabric imploding and affecting everyone. Garbage is my way of trying to understand the tension’.
Shaailesh R Singh says,
“I really liked what Q narrated to us and with Garbage being the only Indian film at Panaroma Berlinale, Hansal and I are proud of our association with the film. We hope it will be liked.”