Schema Magazine is proud to be the Presenting Media Partner for the Vancouver Premier Screening of 7 Days in Slow Motion
India, 2009, 100 min
DIR: Umakanth Thumrugoti
My favorite film of the ones I have reviewed for NAFF, this is the best antidote to that-film-that-must-not-be-named (cough *Sl*md*g* cough) since it became the quintessential representative of non-Bollywood movies and hogged a mention in every article that refers to India and cinema since. 7 Days in Slow Motion is a sweet little independent that follows a week in a harried schoolboy’s life. His exams are coming up, and his mother’s sole wish in life is that he make a ‘first division’, so that her mother will for once be impressed with her ‘second daughter’s’ skills in raising a child. No uncommon situation this. Lord knows I grew up in Delhi knowing the pain of many classmates whose parents were cutthroat when it came to getting their kid ahead at school.
Ravi, however, is interested in other things. He’s a cinephile who stumbles upon a movie camera and holds it ransom for a week in order to make himself a movie worthy of the festival his favorite Bollywood actress will attend. As he begins the arduous process of filming, his best friends take over as director and lead ‘heroine’. (Every Hindi film must have a heroine. When a character’s cousin cannot be in the film, Ravi’s male friend takes over and becomes comfortable very quickly in his high-heeled shoes) He realizes there is more work to it than he thought, and begins to discover there are many stories worth telling of his own life and of those near and dear to him.
A little gem of a film, 7 Days is worth its weight in humour, an honest look at real middle-class people’s lives. Director Umakanth Thumrugoti captures every detail down to the predominantly bilingual conversations of Indian schoolboys and the greasy hypocrisy of hotel managers when it comes to dealing with tourists (who have money) and their own employees or children (who do not).
Screening: Sunday, May 30, 7:00pm
Schema Magazine’s coverage of NAFF 2010 is sponsored by the Toronto Reel Asian Film Festival