CALCUTTA TAXI

By Vikram DASGUPTA

PIXEL PALETTE INC - as PROD

Drama - Completed 2012

Calcutta Taxi is set in the grimy backdrop of a city going through a political crisis, unraveling the story of three lives that coincide and affect each other. Each one having lost and found some things in this chance encounter of life.

Festivals
& Awards

Cinequest Film Festival, San Jose 2012
International Competition
Austin Film Festival 2012
Official Selection Austin Film Festival
Florence River to River Film Festival 2012
WINNER Best Short Film
Anchorage International Film Festival, Alaska 2012
WINNER Best of the Fest
Rhode Island International Film Festival 2012
WINNER Directorial Discovery Award
Roving Eye International Film Festival, 2013
WINNER Best Narrative Short
Filmbüro Baden-Württemberg, Stuttgart 2013
WINNER Best Short Film
London Indian Film Festival 2013
WINNER Honorable Mention
    • Year of production
    • 2012
    • Genres
    • Drama, Biography, Comedy
    • Countries
    • CANADA, INDIA
    • Languages
    • ENGLISH
    • Duration
    • 23 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Vikram DASGUPTA
    • Producer(s)
    • Aeschylus POULOS, Judy GLADSTONE (Bravo FACT!)
    • Synopsis
    • The bustling streets of the noisy city have been muted by a strike called by the infamous Communist Party of Calcutta. Unaware of the political implications, newcomer Adi Chaterji ventures into one of the city’s most sensitive locales. His purpose - to deliver his theory notes to his best friend Kishor a day before their exams. Having delivered the photocopies, Adi decides on taking a taxi back due to the lack of public transit. He considers himself fortunate on finding a taxi on the deserted main street. Adi puts his backpack in the backseat and requests the driver/Rasul to wait as he gets himself a bottle of water. A stupefied Adi on his return discovers the cab has taken off with his backpack. Frantically running around the street Adi finds another cab and explains the situation to the driver/Bakul and his helper/Murari.

      Meanwhile cab driver Bakul has his own agenda to fulfill. Originally from a wealthy family, Bakul became an orphan at an early age and lost more than his parents. His fate has changed his beliefs and twisted his definition of rights and wrongs. Seemingly an atheist who quotes Bhagvat Geeta, in reality however falls shy of practicing his own convoluted principles. He sees Adi’s situation as an opportunity to do good without loosing his sight of the reward. He misinterprets Adi’s bag full of notes to be a bag full of money as he steps on the gas.

      On reaching a major intersection, Adi notices his old cabdriver Rasul held captive by a hefty traffic cop, and 5 other policemen trying to fit into the front seat of his
      cab. He sees his backpack sitting at the backseat where he had initially left it. Assuming justice has been served and the thief has been caught, Adi reaches in and pulls his backpack out. No sooner has he done this, someone in the crowd shouts ‘It’s a BOMB’. The entire crowd ducks down in a mad frenzy, as Adi mistakenly becomes the guy in the crowd holding a bomb.

      Set in the grimy backdrop of a city going through a political crisis, Calcutta Taxi unravels the story of three lives that coincide and affect each other. Each one having lost and found some things in this chance encounter of life.
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