Monsoon Shootout (image 1)

This tasty Mumbai crime story offers multiple outcomes of one fateful decision.

Lee Marshall, Screendaily

Screened as part of NZIFF 2013

Monsoon Shootout 2013

Directed by Amit Kumar

Direct from the Midnight Movie slot at Cannes. “Juggling three versions of the same scenario à la Run Lola Run... a racy mash-up of Tarantino-esque ultra-violence and gritty but hip contemporary Mumbai actioners.” — Variety

India / The Netherlands / UK In Hindi with English subtitles
88 minutes CinemaScope / DCP

Director, Screenplay

Producers

Trevor Ingman
,
Guneet Monga
,
Martijn De Grunt

Photography

Rajeev Ravi

Editors

Atanu Mukherjee
,
Ewa Lind

Production designer

Mayur Sharma

Sound

Kunal Sharma

Music

Gingger Shankar

With

Vijay Varma (Adi)
,
Nawazuddin Siddiqui (Shiva)
,
Neeraj Kabi (Khan)
,
Geetanjali Thapa (Anu)
,
Farhan Mohammad Hanif Shaikh (Chhotu)
,
Tannishtha Chatterjee (Rani)
,
Sreejita De (Geeta)
,
Irawati Harshe Mayadev (Nishi)

Festivals

Cannes (Midnight Screenings) 2013

Elsewhere

Writer/director Amit Kumar loads up his Mumbai noir with the what-if options of Run Lola Run, all hinging on a stand-off between a cop (Vijay Varma) and his suspect (electrifying Nawazuddin Siddiqui). Indian-American music star Gingger Shankar adds pop propulsion to the compact mix of genre kicks and narrative flair.

“A cunningly intricate first film from India, Monsoon Shootout combines the best of two worlds – a ferocious Mumbai cops and gangsters drama, and a satisfyingly arty plot that turns in on itself to examine the outcome of three possible choices a rookie cop might make when he confronts a ruthless killer. Three times the story returns to a key moment: a boy with a gun uncertain whether to pull the trigger. Though the idea of Dirty Harry meeting Sliding Doors may sound abstract, Kumar pulls it off gracefully, without losing the sense of heightened drama that earned the film a Midnight Movie slot in Cannes.” — Deborah Young, Hollywood Reporter