Actress Geethu Mohandas steps behind the lens for her bracing and unforgettable directorial debut, which premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. The film, which has won two National Film Awards in India, has been selected as India’s official entry to Oscar 2015 for the Best Foreign Language Film category. Liar’s Dice‘s trailer shows the film follows the journey of Kamala (Geetanjali Thapa), a woman living and working in a remote Himalayan village with her young daughter Manya. Kamala’s husband – gone off to Delhi for work — has been out of contact for several months, and Kamala fears the worst.
Determined to find out what’s happened to him, Kamala gathers Manya (as well as the family’s pet goat) and sets off for the city. Hardship is almost immediate, as Kamala struggles with money, direction and the dangers of being a woman alone in a strange place. She hires a guide – the unfriendly and possibly criminal wanderer Nawazuddin (played by Nawazuddin Siddiqui), whose interest may lie more in his own personal gain than in any help he can offer to Kamala.
Beautifully shot by Rajeev Ravi (who won the Best Cinematography National Award for it) to contrast the quiet majesty of Kamala’s village with the harsh struggle of the city, Mohandas’ film creates a hazardous world ruled by self-interest, where answers may never be clear and a helping hand always comes at a price.
Watch Liar’s Dice trailer in the player below!