Pahala Adhyay contemplates upon the life of Ravi, the protagonist, a research student in a big city. The film is made of isolated, unconnected events in Ravi's life. The events in the film are independent of each other, but are born out of one condition which uses cyclical space and flexible time. The time-lapse between events is unspecified although the events seem to happen in a simple chronological order; it describes a state of mind. Vishnu Mathur, the director, tries to make the lived and obscurely threatening sensations of displacement into the very substance of the film. He avoids the way questions of belonging are usually formulated in terms of religion, class, national or regional identity.
The screening will be followed by a panel discussion with the director.