Kalki Koechlin to star in dementia-focused Busan film ‘Goldfish’

Seven years after his acclaimed directorial debut The Threshold, cinematographer Pushan Kripalani returns to the director’s chair with Goldfish.

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

“It’s very difficult to do independent cinema as it’s not easy to fund, and that’s why it took me so long to make this film. I feel that addressing larger issues is only possible by examining the smaller parts of human relationships. I feel my job is to encourage human conversation and this has been a wonderful way to try that,” Kripalani said diversity.

“Dementia will continue to be one of the biggest concerns for the next decade or two. I think everyone will soon be in contact with someone with this condition if they haven’t been in contact with anyone before,” adds Kripalani.

Navy tells diversity: “I didn’t do a lot of research for this role because I know someone with dementia – that’s part of my personal experience. I know someone close to me who has dementia. As I read the role, I thought this is my chance to interpret something I knew well.”

“Dementia is a very common disease of old age. So it’s nothing rare or extraordinary – we see it everywhere,” adds Naval. “It’s something we know from the older people around us, it’s not hard to imagine. It comes from observing life around us. It comes from knowing the older people in our family and how their behavior patterns can differ from ours.”

Koechlin says she didn’t know anyone with dementia, but Goldfish author Arghya Lahiri, whose father suffered from it, spent many hours collecting stories for her.

“The main preparation I did for this role was working on an Oxford/Cambridge accent, as Anamika’s father was a British university professor and she is a London-born Indian. That being said, Pushan’s unique style of shooting with no cuts and two cameras running simultaneously meant we had to rehearse the scenes many times before we understood the flow of the entire scene,” said Koechlin diversity.

Kripalani, who finds the two tasks of filming and directing complementary, said he shot the film in the UK for a reason. “When you deal with the question of identity, it becomes clearer when you put some distance away from it. The Indian population in the UK is very well integrated into mainstream society. So there’s 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 far away from India and in Britain gave me an insight into examining what we might think of as the idea of ​​Indian identity. Being in the UK, far from India, has helped me see India and the idea of ​​India in sharp relief.”

The film is being produced by lead producer Amit Saxena for US company Splendid Films. “As soon as I read the film synopsis, I knew this would be my first film as a producer. The female-centric theme was one of the big draws for me, along with the immigrant aspects, as I’m an immigrant myself and relate to some of the nuances in the film,” said Saxena diversity.

“Goldfish,” which premieres in Busan on Friday (October 7), will also be screened at London’s Raindance Film Festival. Next up for Kripalani is a spy thriller he’s writing with Lahiri.

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