Indu Krishnan’s film explores Bangalore through the hunt for Zakhir, a street dweller jailed in a murder case.
“Good Guy, Bad Guy, opens the festival. The film “chronicles five years in the tumultuous life of Zakhir, a gentle soul who lives on the streets of Bangalore (India’s Silicon Valley). He survives on the margins, recycling plastic and garbage, and drinks himself to sleep at night, to escape the violence that comes with homelessness.”
“Bengaluru can be a place for dreams but it is also a dystopia full of deprivation. In a scene, Zakhir tells Indu: “Look at the monkeys: they are free. Humans are not.”
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Zakhir is the Bengaluru that is forgotten, invisible and stepped on. “But it’s also creative, has vitality and is gentle. Would you imagine when you looked at a person like that that he has that kind of interiority?”
“Zakhir, the lead character in Indu’s film, holds a lens to the complex world of Bengaluru.”