Nasir is a gentle man with a hard life. He has to scrimp to pay for his daily shopping, sometimes even missing meals. His adopted son Iqbal has the body of an adult, but the mind and vulnerability of a toddler. In spite of it all, Nasir remains optimistic. He writes love letters to his wife and declaims his poetry, which silences even the most idiotic loudmouth.
Nasir is also a Muslim in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, where Hindu nationalism has taken on ever more virulent forms in recent decades. Propaganda constantly booms from loudspeakers everywhere in the public space. His boss at the textile store makes little effort to hide his contempt for Muslims. The customers treat Nasir as a doormat. In the meantime, Nasir starts worrying about his wife, who is out of town for a few days, and wonders whether he would be better off as a migrant labourer in Abu Dhabi.
- NETPAC award for best Asian feature world premiere - IFF Rotterdam
- Koumarane Valavane
- Sudha Ranganathan
- Yasmin Rahman
- Bakkiyam Sankar
- Jensan Diwakar
- Arun Karthick
- Dilip Kumar
- Saumyananda Sahi
- Arghya Basu
- STRAY DOGS
- STRAY FACTORY
"Quiet gem reveals a sharp edge : Nasir reminds us that the quietest voices can often make the most penetrating, memorable impact."
"A power to conjure grace out of a beguilingly ordinary tale, a film of quiet pleasures and unassuming wonders."
"Karthick’s film is an artisanal, visually prodigious work, a masterpiece that confirms his deserved and indisputable status as Most Promising Young Director in contemporary Indian cinema."
Arun Karthick (1992, Tamil Nadu) is an independent filmmaker based in Coimbatore, India. Self-taught, he started off making short films through his production platform Cinema Obscura. His first independent film THE BACKWATERS made the international film circuit, shot his second film, TRANSCENDENCE, was screened at the L.V. Prasad Film and TV Academy in Chennai. THE STRANGE CASE OF SHIVA is his first feature film.