Kalki Koechlin stars in dementia-focused Busan film ‘Goldfish’

Cinematographer Pushan Kripalani returns to the director’s chair with Goldfish, seven years after his acclaimed directorial debut “The Threshold.”

In the film, Anamika, a half-Indian, half-English woman, returns home to the UK to deal with her mother’s dementia and the scars of her childhood. The cast includes Kalki Koechlin (“Holy Games”), veteran Deepti Naval (“The Good Karma Hospital”), Gordon Warnecke (“Venus”), Rajit Kapur (“Rocket Boys”) and Bharti Patel (“The Undeclared War”). “). .

“It is very difficult to make independent films as they are not easily financed and that is why it has taken me so long to make this film. I feel that dealing with larger questions is only possible by examining the smaller parts of human relationships. I feel like my job is to promote human conversation and this was a wonderful way to try and do that,” Kripalani said. Variety.

“Dementia will also be one of the biggest concerns in the next decade or two. I think everyone will have it soon if they haven’t had contact with someone with this condition yet,” adds Kripalani.

navy said Variety: “It didn’t take me long to research for this role because I’ve known someone with dementia – it’s part of my personal experience. I have known someone close to me who suffers from dementia. So when I read the part, I thought this was my chance to play something that I knew up close.”

“Dementia is a very common condition of old age. So it is not something rare or out of the ordinary, we see it everywhere”, adds Naval. “It is something that we have known in the older people around us, it is not something difficult to imagine. It is to observe the life that surrounds us. It’s about getting to know the elders in our family and knowing how their behavior patterns might vary from us.”

Koechlin says she didn’t know anyone with dementia, but “Goldfish” writer Arghya Lahiri, whose father had it, spent many hours recalling stories for her.

“The main preparation I did for this role was working with an Oxford/Cambridge accent, as Anamika’s father was a British university professor and she is an Indian born in London. Aside from this particular Pushan way of filming without cuts, and with two cameras rolling at the same time, we had to rehearse and rehearse the scenes many times until we got the flow of the whole scene,” Koechlin said. Variety.

Kripalani, who finds the twin tasks of filming and directing complementary, said he set the film in the UK for a reason. “When one examines the question of identity it is clearer when one has a certain distance from it. The Indian population in the UK is very well integrated into the wider society. So there is an interesting tension between what we think of as Indian identity and British Indian identity – they influence each other culturally,” says Kripalani. “The nature of being away from India and in the UK gave me an idea to examine what we might consider the idea of ​​Indian identity. Being in the UK, away from India, helped me see India and the idea of ​​India in great relief.”

The film is produced by first-time producer Amit Saxena for US-based Splendid Films. “As soon as I read the synopsis for the film, I knew this was going to be my first film as a producer. The women-centric theme was one of the big draws for me, along with the immigrant aspects, as I am an immigrant myself and identify with some of the nuances of the film,” said Saxena. Variety.

“Goldfish,” which opens in Busan on Friday (Oct. 7), will also screen at London’s Raindance Film Festival. Up next for Kripalani is a spy thriller he is writing with Lahiri.

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