Nicholas Kharkongor‘s Mantra is due for release on 17th March. The film which has been crowd funded, has also had a decent film festival run which included winning the Best Feature Film Award at the South Asian International Film Festival (SAIFF), New York 2016 and being part of the Mumbai Film Festival (Jio MAMI 2016) as well as International Film Festival of India (IFFI 2016), Goa. Featuring Rajat Kapoor, Shiv Pandit, Kalki Koechlin, Lushin Dubey, Rohan Joshi and Adil Hussain, the film has music by Sagar Desai while Harmeet Basur is the DOP and Bhupesh ‘Micky’ Sharma is the editor.
Premise-No film has, so far, sought to tell the story of 1991, when India opened up its economy to the world, forever changing the landscape of the country. “Mantra” takes us through the period of “India Shining”, where an iconic Indian brand, King Chips is struggling to hold its own against a multinational giant, Kipper Crisps. Through the eyes of Kapil and his family, we see how business and politics were conducted in Old India, how that changed in the wake of 1991, but also – perhaps, most importantly – how there are some things about our country that will never change.
Here’s the trailer of Mantra-