Screened as part of NZIFF 2013
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