By Arvind KAMATH


Thriller - Completed 2019

An aspiring actor doubling as an amateur gigolo is trying to make it as an actor but his dire financial situation pushes him to look for an escape, which he finds with an anonymous wealthy client. Called to her place one day for, he turns up only to be met with a surprising gift, 'a murder'.

& Awards

London Indian Film Festival 2019
Official Selection
Singapore South Asian International Film Festival 2019
Official Selection
    • Year of production
    • 2019
    • Genres
    • Thriller, Drama
    • Countries
    • INDIA
    • Languages
    • Duration
    • 132 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Arvind KAMATH
    • Writer(s)
    • Arvind KAMATH
    • Producer(s)
    • Arvind KAMATH (Kanasu Talkies)
    • Synopsis
    • “ARISHADVARGA” is a neo-noir mystery set in present-day Bangalore. It is the story of an innocent man, ANISH, trapped in a noir world, trying desperately to make it as an actor in the local film industry, while his miserable economic condition pushes him to double up as an amateur gigolo to make ends meet. He finds such an escape in an anonymous wealthy client who invites him to a specific location for his carnal services, promising a handsome compensation in return. As he arrives at the location, he’s rewarded by his client with a surprise gift, a murder. He finds himself framed in a murder, that he didn’t commit with a witness who could testify against him. As he tries desperately to get out of this quandary, he’s challenged by his anonymous client with another task of killing his witness to get out of the situation scot-free. As their negotiation deepens, so does the suspicion that surrounds the mysterious death. SAAKSHI who’s the witness to the murder later becomes Anish’s accomplice on hearing his side of the story and witnessing the phone calls Anish receives from the anonymous client. But before they escape together, the police arrive and the dead man’s wife KRUTHI comes back home from a short vacation to witness her husband murdered. And then there’s the middle-aged police inspector ASHOK KALBURGI, with his own code of ethics, determined to figure out what exactly happened to Kruti’s husband. As Anish and Kruthi stick to their versions of the story, the identity of the anonymous caller/client still remains a mystery. Meanwhile, the Inspector starts to piece the mystery together; Kruthi’s husband might not have died of a gunshot as it appeared after all. Before it ’s all over, Anish is trapped in a web of deceit, a well-planned booby trap, accused of a murder he didn’t commit. “ARISHADVARGA” is a tale of lust, anger, love, greed, power, jealousy, mistaken identity and individual deficiencies. It’s a fatalistic noir tale of one man’s vain struggle to escape his own limitations, unfortunately, an impossibility in the world of noir.