Sooraj is the last remaining death photographer on the burning banks of Manikarnika in Banaras. Kashi, one of the most ancient towns in the world, is undergoing a cosmetic facelift.
Sooraj is the last remaining death photographer on the burning banks of Manikarnika in Banaras. Kashi, one of the most ancient towns in the world, is undergoing a cosmetic facelift. Old heritage is being demolished to build beautified modern structures. Sooraj is going through a similar ordeal: fancy new smartphones with their exquisite cameras are threatening is life’s work. He is struggling, but still hasn’t given up. Many can photograph the living, but only a few are capable of capturing the departed. But he wants to keep his family away from the burning banks and, soon, Sooraj is forced to look for greener pastures. Little does he know that life will soon give him a chance to encounter death again—and get another shot at life as well!
India • 2021 • 118 min • drama • Hindi
Cast: Gyanendra Tripathi, Harish Khanna, Bhumika Dube, Geetika Vidya Ohlyan, Aakash Sinha, Aashit Chatterjee, Prithvi Singh
Director: Gaurav Madan: hails from Yamunanagar, a small dusty town in Haryana, where he discovered a passion for writing and music at age ten. With a Master in Communication Studies from the University of Pune, he arrived in Bombay to become a filmmaker. In 2014, one of Gaurav’s feature film scripts, Shaktipur Crude, was part of a prestigious Sundance script lab. His 2017 short film Sambhavtaha was presented in over fifty national and international film festivals and won numerous awards. Barah by Barah is his first feature film. “I believe old Kashi is migrating into oblivion in order to make way for the new, modern Varanasi. River Ganges is a witness to this migration. The town thrives on death. And death, according to Hindu belief, is a migration to the other form or world. Thus, very organically, migration became the underlying theme of my film. Every single character of the film including the protagonist goes through a migration.”
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