january 23-30, 2002
greenbelt cinema 1, makati city
metro manila, philippines www.mov.moviespage.com
Best Film Digital Talkies International Film
Made in the tradition of Dogma and Dogma-inspired horror such as The Blair Witch Project, Divya Drishti is set in the seemingly desultory environs of suburban Mumbai. A charlatan sadhu sits at Raju's chai shop, drinking cheap country liquor and hoodwinking eager, if not innocent workers and housewives who come to him for advice. The neighbourhood he counsels is tied together in a complex net of sexual betrayal, unfulfilled desire and blind faith in the sadhu's healing power.
One day, however, the sadhu begins to lose his eyesight. The doctors tell him the cause is his alcoholism, but he knows better: his imminent blindness brings with it a new 'vision', cataclysmic nightmares, hallucinations and, finally, the truth. Thus, the film examines the very nature of truth and belief, pitting blindness against vision and fact against fiction to create a tragic, and perhaps cathartic, climax.
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