The Hungry

This UK-India co-production employs Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus as the source of its story about a ruthless businessman whose world is threatened by an evil act.


Dir Bornila Chatterjee
Prod Kurban Kassam, Tanaji Dasgupta
Scr Kurban Kassam, Tanaji Dasgupta, Bornila Chatterjee
With Naseeruddin Shah, Tisca Chopra, Neeraj Kabi
Sales C International Sales

A tale of vengeance and corruption, Bornila Chatterjee’s The Hungry reworks Shakespeare’s bloody Titus Andronicus into a macabre modern tragedy set in Northern India. When Tathagat Ahuja’s (Naseeruddin Shah, Monsoon Wedding) dodgy business dealings are threatened with exposure by the youngest son of his former partner, he takes drastic action against the young man and then hides his evil deed. Imagine his horror, when the boy’s mother Tulsi (Tisca Chopra) becomes engaged to be married to his wayward, westernised son and he’s forced to play patriarch at the big family wedding. Vengeful act begets increasingly vengeful act as the drama progresses. Its micro budget notwithstanding, Chatterjee’s UK/Indian co-production is sumptuously shot and designed, whether relishing lustrous scenes from the expansive wedding feast, or recording a vicious act of murder. In the The Hungry, vengeance is a dish served very hot.

Tricia Tuttle

Festival guests

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  • Bornila Chatterjee, Director

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