Rough Book is a hard look at the education system in contemporary India. Though one of the finest systems in the world, the lacunae in the system have created issues. The story is told to us through the eyes of a teacher, Santoshi Kumari, who rallies through a divorce with a corrupt income tax officer to become a teacher of Physics in a school. Her pupils are in the D division – “D” sarcastically referred to as Duffers by both the students and other teachers. How Santoshi rebels against the system to fight for her students, forms the bulk of the simply told, yet completely thought provoking film. The rebellion of the teacher and her students are internalised to make their point.
Q&A session with Producer Vivek Vaswani
Cast: Tannishtha Chatterjee, Joy Sengupta, Ram Kapoor, Kaizaad Kotwal and others.
Director: Anant Mahadevan
A screenwriter, actor, and director of Hindi and Marathi films and television serials in India. Having been an integral part of the Indian television serials and Hindi movies since the 1980s, he is also actively involved in the professional English and Hindi theatre. Ananth along with Sanjay Pawar received the National Award (2010) for the Best Screenplay and Dialogues for the successful Marathi movie Mee Sindhutai Sapkal’. The Marathi film ” Mee Sindhutai Sapkal ” also fetched him the special jury award at the National Film awards 2010. His latest film Gour Hari Dastaan was part of the Indian Panorama at the International Film Festival of India (2014) Goa, at the International Film Festival of Kerala IFFK (2014), the International Film Festival of Bangalore, and the International Film Festival of Chennai (2014). He next film Rough Book has already created enough excitement at the festival circuit and the Film Bazaar recently held at Goa.
Sunday, 27th Sept
Runtime: 100 Minutes
Language: Hindi (Subtitles in English)