Anjani lives with his heavily pregnant sister and her husband in a shack in New Delhi. He is one of the countless migrants moving to India’s expanding cities. His brother-in-law has arranged a job for him as a professional monkey repeller. Ever since the keeping of langur monkeys – the natural enemies of rhesus monkeys – has been prohibited, humans have taken on the tricky job of preventing the cheeky rhesus monkeys from invading government buildings, as well as protecting tourists. This is complicated by the fact that many Indians worship the monkeys as incarnations of the god Hanuman and reverently feed them, which only serves to make the animals even bolder. Anjani is afraid of the monkeys. On one particular feast day, the situation escalates and he resorts to unusual measures.
Combining documentary-like sensitivity and a keen sense of Indian humour, director Vats creates a farce about the harsh life of an underdog in a modern megalopolis that subtly reflects contemporary society.
by Prateek Vats
with Shardul Bhardwaj, Shashi Bhushan, Mahender Nath, Naina Sareen, Nutan Sinha
India 2019 Hindi,  Subtitles: English 97’ Colour

With

  • Shardul Bhardwaj (Anjani)
  • Shashi Bhushan (Shashi)
  • Mahender Nath (Mahender)
  • Naina Sareen (Kumud)
  • Nutan Sinha (Shashi)
  • Nitin Goel (Narayan)

Crew

DirectorPrateek Vats
ScreenplayShubham
CinematographySaumyananda Sahi
EditingTanushree Das
MusicAnshul Takkar
Sound DesignBigyna Bhushan Dahal
SoundBigyna Bhushan Dahal
Production DesignShubham
Production DesignAbhishek Bhardwaj
CostumesNiharika Sharma
Make-upShubham
CastingAbhishek Bhardwaj
Production ManagerNeel Mani Kant
ProducerShwetaabh Singh
Co-producerPrateek Vats

Produced by

NaMa Productions

Delhi, India

+91 981 8671977

Prateek Vats

Born in Ranchi, India in 1984, he grew up in Delhi. After graduating from the University of Delhi, he completed a master’s in film directing at the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII). His first feature-length documentary, A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings, won the Special Jury Award at the 2018 National Film Awards in India. As well as making his own films and teaching, he is involved in the Ektara and Phase I film collectives. Eeb Allay Ooo! is his debut feature film.

Filmography

2015 Re- Tracing Freedom: Goa Chapter; short documentary 2017 A Very Old Man With Enormous Wings; documentary 2019 Eeb Allay Ooo!; Panorama

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