Star- Nawazuddin Siddiqui.
Hawaii International Film Festival 2011
Halekulani Golden Orchid Award Narrative Feature
Tribeca Film Festival 2011
Jury Award Best Narrative Feature
Director: Prashant Bhargava
Writer: Prashant Bhargava (screenplay), James Townsend
Stars: Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Mukkund Shukla, Seema Biswas, Sugandha Garg
Runtime: 93 min
Released: 15 Jun 2012
Summary: In the city of Ahmadabad, six people are taken on an extraordinary journey during India’s largest kite festival. Each year a million kites circle the skies of the old city. Wishing to share the festival’s colorful splendor with his daughter, a thriving Delhi businessman takes her on a surprise trip to his childhood home. Yet among the music, fireworks, and light stirs thick emotions and fading dreams. He is forced to mend the broken relationships he left behind. A story of healing and renewal illustrated by actors and non-actors respectively, Patang offers a startling array of beauty and pain stirring among the kites in the sky.
A poetic journey to the old city of Ahmedabad, ‘Patang’ weaves together the stories of six people transformed by the energy of India’s largest kite festival. Every year a million kites fill the skies above Ahmedabad-dueling, soaring, tumbling and flying high. When a successful Delhi businessman takes his daughter on a surprise trip back to his childhood home for the festival, an entire family has to confront its own fractured past and fragile dreams. Music and fireworks, food and laughter, a kaleidoscope of color and light, the magic of the kite flying high – a traditional recipe of healing and renewal. With naturalistic performances from actors and non-actors alike, bold, lyrical editing, vibrant cinematography and a kinetic score, Patang delights the senses and nourishes the spirit.
“Patang” plunges head-first into a family based in Ahmedabad, where India’s largest annual kite festival is celebrated. It reflects the way Indians live in one another’s pockets. Homes and businesses, temples and roadways, are all crowded close together, neighbors know one another, and it’s all held together by a network of the world’s most baffling traffic.
This film is joyous, but more than that: It’s lovely in its construction. The director, Prashant Bhargava, born and raised on Chicago’s South Side, knows what his basic story line is, but reveals it subtly. The story in outline would be simple enough for a made-for-TV movie. But there is nothing simple about “Patang.”
An affluent uncle from Delhi named Jayesh (Mukund Shukla) pays a much-delayed visit back home to his family in Ahmedabad, bringing along his daughter, Priya (Sugandha Garg), who hasn’t seen these relatives in years. He meets his mother Ba (Pannaben Soni), sister-in-law (Seema Biswas) and his nephew — the son of his brother, who died of a heart attack. The nephew, Chakku (Nawazuddin Siddiqui), resents the way this distant man descends grandly on his relatives and feels he has the right to make suggestions and changes.
The story line becomes fully clear only toward the end. In form, “Patang” looks almost like a cinema-verite documentary of this family, surrounded by the city and the kite festival. Many key shots were obtained during the festival itself, and we see the skies over the city filled with thousands of dancing, dueling kites, as every single rooftop is occupied by people. Below in the streets, bands, fireworks and food vendors create a tumult.
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