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Counterfeit Kunkoo

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Counterfeit Kunkoo

Directed by Reema Sengupta
15 minutes.
India. 2018. In Hindi and Marathi with English subtitles.
Starring Kani Kusruti, Vijay Varma

Counterfeit Kunkoo is an Indian short film written, directed and edited by international award-winning filmmaker Reema Sengupta. The film is an intimate perspective on the identity of the 'Ideal Indian Female' in urban India. It talks about housing discrimination, marital rape and the hope for liberation - both sexual and societal. In a city that houses millions, all Smita needs is one small room. But she finds herself fighting beasts of a different kind as she discovers a strange pre-requisite to renting a house in middle-class Mumbai.

Official selection at over 90 film festivals around the world.

"Reema Sengupta is a brave and unapologetic filmmaker. Counterfeit Kunkoo, is raw, honest – beautifully shot and executed. It exposes the underbelly of sexism in Mumbai with a stunning intimacy that is rarely seen in film through a female lens. In the final moments, her lead actress, Kani Kusruti, shows us what it means to celebrate a woman’s victory without shame, topping off the vision of a filmmaker who deserves to be honored.”
Hudson NY Shorts Jury (USA)

Official Trailer


Select Festivals & Awards

- 2018 Brooklyn Film Festival, USA: Best Narrative Short
- 2018 Starlight Film Awards, India: Best Short Film & Best Director
- 2018 Sapporo International Short Film Festival, Japan: Best Director
- 2018 San Gio Verona Festival, Italy: Best Actress
- 2018 Sundance Film Festival, USA
- 2018 Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival, France

About the Director

Reema Sengupta is a young writer-director-editor based in Mumbai. She has directed narrative films, music-videos, commercials, interactive video installations and after-movies across India, UK, South Korea and the US. She was awarded the prestigious Asian Film Academy Fellowship (2012), where she represented India at the Busan International Film Festival. The International Green Screen Lab 2012 selected Reema's first feature film script. Reema's first short-film - The Tigers, They're all Dead won fourteen awards, including the IDPA Award for Excellence 2013. She graduated from the University of Westminster, London in 2012, with first class honours, and the highest overall percentage in the entire Media Art and Design School. In 2014, Reema co-founded CATNIP, a niche production house. As CATNIP's writer-director, she has created over 200 videos for leaders of International entertainment in India, a host of noteworthy brands such as Red Bull & Amazon and international artists such as Skrillex, Steve Aoki, among several others. Reema is interested in mixed media aesthetics and the use of cinema as a device for tangible social change. She is currently writing her first feature film.



Sat., Dec. 15, 2018 at 9:05 PM
In Shorts One
Central Valley

Janet Leigh Theatre, Stockton



Narrative Short Film

Director: Reema Sengupta
Screenwriter: Reema Sengupta
Producer: Surekha Sengupta
Cinematographer: Harshvir Oberai
Editor: Reema Sengupta
Music: Shivba Pratishthan Kalamboli, Arjun Nair

Permission: Kunal Punjabi

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