January 2018 is a celebratory month for Indian short film makers. Counterfeit Kunkoo, a 15-minute short by Reema Sengupta, is India’s only short film entry at Sundance Film Festival in 15 years. It is a gritty portrayal of challenges an Indian woman faces in an urban environment – dealing with subjects such as marital rape to housing discrimination.
The short if set in a lower-middle class Indian milieu and was short in the bylanes and alleys of chawls and slums of suburban Mumbai (Malad and Virar). Its cast is primarily non-actors, to keep the film as real as possible.
Previous work of Reema Sengupta includes The Tigers; They’re All Dead (2012), which won over 15 festival awards worldwide. Counterfeit Kunkoo will premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, starting January 28, 2017.