INDIE MEME FILM FESTIVAL
April 19-22, Regal Arbor, Great Hills, Austin
CHUMBAK (The Lottery)
CLOSING NIGHT FILM
118min | India | Drama | Fiction |Marathi with English subtitles
Filmmaker Sandeep Modi in ATTENDANCE with Assistant Dir. Romie D'Costa
: Sandeep Modi
Cast: Swanand Kirkire, Sahil Jadhav, Sangram Desai
Chumbak is a coming-of-age story of a 15year old tablecleaning
waiter-boy in Mumbai, Baalu who is on the crossroads of his aspirations and morals.
Baalu dreams of escaping this wretched life with a small little business of his own, a little sugarcane juice stall near is village’s public Bus-Stand. Having exhausted all means, desperate and broke Baalu along with his street-smart friend Dhananjay a.k.a Disco make a plan to put together the money with the only way they can think of - the infamous ‘Nigerian SMS Scam’. But, of the hundreds expected to respond to his text messages, no one but one man falls for it, a simple poor mentally slow villager called Prasanna.
Caught between his guilt and conscience of fleecing such a man and the greed to fulfill his ambitions, Baalu will now have to make a choice. Chumbak is the story of these choices for Baalu that shall shape his life.
Facebook Award - NFDC Film Bazaar Recommends Film, 2017
Sandeep Modi is a filmmaker from Mumbai, India. An alumnus of the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), Pune, Sandeep writes from his growing experiences in the ever-churning belly of Mumbai and its class divide. Giving voice to stories of simple people and their dilemmas, Sandeep's films hold a mirror to its world lost often in the cacophony of its own complexities. Sandeep prefers observing to reading or watching, making his own impression of life around him. His educational short film
‘Best Friends Forever’ won him the prestigious National Film Award, 2015 while his debut short ‘Bilori’ had IDPA giving him the nod for Best Student Film of the year besides being awarded the Golden Pearl at the Hyderabad International Film Festival! An avid advertising film-maker, Chumbak is his debut feature length film.