Salesman Nasir lives a stressful life with his mother Fatima, his wife Taj and his nephew Iqbal in a closely populated ghetto. Optimistic and hardworking despite his rough employment conditions
Salesman Nasir lives a stressful life with his mother Fatima, his wife Taj and his nephew Iqbal in a closely populated ghetto. Optimistic and hardworking despite his rough employment conditions in a local textile store, Nasir boasts a half-baked philosophical attitude that draws him toward the art of poetry. Nasir is also a Muslim, a blatant stigma in the Hindu province of Tamil Nadu, where nationalist propaganda is strong. Nasir chronicles the events of one particular day in the protagonist’s life through the detailed observation of his vicinity. As the day unfolds, we find him to be a nimble romantic, marshalling a passion for love, song, children, friendship, and even God, aspiring to something resembling a life well lived. Unfortunately, the increasing communal bigotry will compromise his dream.
India/Netherlands/Singapore • 2020 • 78 min • drama • Tamil
Cast: Koumarane Valavane, Sudha Ranganathan, Yasmin Rahman, Sabari, Bakkiyam Sankar, Rajesh, Jensan Diwakar
Director: Arun Karthick: Self-taught indie filmmaker Arun Karthick started out directing short films (The Backwaters , Transcendence ) at age 17 on his Cinema Obscura platform. His refreshing debut, The Strange Case of Shiva (2015), premiered at IFFR, where he was seen as a major new voice in Tamil cinema. His second feature, Nasir, premiered within the Tiger Competition section at IFFR, where it won the 2020 NETPAC Award. The film was subsequently shown in different festivals around the world, including New Directors/New Films in New York and the Mumbai Film Festival. “Salesmen represent the drudgery, anonymity and powerlessness of modern life, but perhaps also all the inchoate yearnings that lie beneath the prosaic business of selling mass-produced goods and obeying orders. Behind the forced obedience of every salesman one hears whispers.
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