by Ektara Collective
(52 min | English with subtitles | 2018 )
About the Film: Chess is a popular pastime in this neighbourhood in Bhopal, with roadside games bringing together men to challenge each other in friendly and sometimes unfriendly matches. But for some, the pawns include morality and religion, causing tensions to erupt when a tournament gets underway. Against this backdrop, a domestic worker with a secret hobby, a former journalist struggling with married life and a young woman in love, all find themselves pushing boundaries and challenging the rules of the game.
About the Filmmakers: Ektara Collective is an independent, autonomous, non-funded group of people who seek to combine creative efforts and imagination, collaborating with trained and untrained people to make films that are content-wise and aesthetically located in people’s subjective, contextual realities and experiences. Through this process Ektara has earlier produced the short fiction films Chanda Ke Joote (22 min, 2011) and Jaadui Machchi (38 min, 2013). This is their first fiction feature film.