“A Dog and His Man”… A quiet, moving record of a village that vanishes due to the coal beneath it

Posted on September 30, 2019


Siddharth Tripathy’s film was premiered as an Official Selection at Vancouver International Film Festival. It will be screened at Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival With Star, 2019.

Spoilers ahead…

You can read the full review on Film Companion, here: https://www.filmcompanion.in/a-dog-and-his-man-movie-review-baradwaj-rangan/

The title of Siddharth Tripathy’s quiet, moving film sounds like something out of a fable, or a folk song: A Dog and His Man. The analogy is not far off the mark. The story is about Shoukie (Balu), a man who looks to be in his late fifties, or maybe in his sixties. There’s a timeless quality about the setting, a village in Raigarh. There’s a timelessness about Shoukie, too — and to describe the kind of place Shoukie is from, the kind of life he leads, I’ll give you this scene. Shoukie and his friend go fishing. It’s not the image you get when you hear the word, that of a man with a rod, waiting for something to bite. This is about Shoukie and his friend holding a length of cloth between them and swinging it back and forth in the water, until it’s filled with plump, wriggling fish.

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