Ajay G RAI (Jar Pictures), Alan MCALEX (Jar Pictures)
Chitkul is the last inhabited village in Himachal bordering Tibet. Few of the men in this village have migrated to the big cities for greener pastures. One such man is Kamala’s husband, Harud. Kamala works at the local Paradise Inn guesthouse, running errands to support her little daughter, Manya. Her humble livelihood is disturbed when there is no further news of Harud for months. The local villagers reassure her that they will send their men to Shimla to enquire from the man who has recruited them. Kamala with the encouragement of her friends waits in positive anticipation for Harud’s arrival. When no further news is forth coming, as an impulse she decides to leave to Shimla with the local tourists. Her plan backfires when they leave without her. Dejected, she sets out alone with her little girl and their pet lamb in the wee hours without realizing the perils, which lay ahead. Along this journey Kamala has a chance encounter with Nawaz, a free spirited army deserter who makes his quick buck playing the gambling game of the Liar’s dice. Although distant at first, Nawaz slowly gets acquainted with the mother-daughter and accepts Kamala’s offer to compensate him if he accompanies them to their destination. Through all the adventures they encounter in this journey, a beautiful bond forms between Manya and Nawaz and a silent bond with Kamala. As the story unfolds Nawaz’s intentions in accompanying them becomes a selfish motive. The game of Liar’s dice becomes a metaphor in this journey. Kamala is oblivious of his intentions; and somewhere becomes charmed by this stranger in the midst of her search for Harud. The epilogue of this film is revealed through Nawaz and Kamala becomes his catalyst in the game.