The Comedian (India, 24:16)
Directed by: Katyayan Shivpuri
Written by: Katyayan Shivpuri
Cast: Satish Kaushik, Grace Girdhar
The comedian is a film about an ageing comedic actor in the Indian film industry (Bollywood) who has no laughter left in his life. Hasmukh Lal was a superstar comedian in the 1990s. His name was synonymous with laughter and joy. Today he is a lonely, embittered old man, frustrated at what life has meted out to him. Using anger as his last defence, he is feared and loathed by his neighbours and co-workers alike. Riya is young Youtube Video blogger who moves in with her family next door to him. A bundle of pure joy and innocence, she radiates life and sunshine but ironically is dying from cancer. The unexpected relationship between this ghost of a man who has forgotten how to smile and this vividly "alive" dying girl who laughs in the face of adversity forms the crux of the story. The comedian is a true comment on how a little love and laughter conquers all defeat and cures all the pain.