Janaki Vishwanathan‘s film Yeh Hai Bakrapur tells the story of a goat called Shahrukh who is the cynosure of all eyes.
The goat is integral to the story so we needed a name for it, something catchy,” Vishwanathan had said in an interview when asked if it is an attempt to make fun at Khan. “It has nothing to do with Shah Rukh Khan.
“The name is just Shah Rukh which literally means face of the Emperor, Shah Rukh could be anybody’s name, he added.
Funny, Real, Rooted, A Social / Political Satire and Set Against The Backdrop Of Rural India; well that’s what Yeh Hai Bakrapur is all about.
Yeh Hai Bakrapur, written and directed by Janaki Vishwanathan, a National Award winning filmmaker with two Tamil Films and several documentaries to her credit promises to be an eye opener on the state of rural India.
The trailer starts with a villager narrating the story of how Shah Rukh, the goat was born. The villagers of Bakrapur consider Shah Rukh lucky for them, and everyone adores him.
People have a tendency to name their pet animals after actors or someone they love. The goat is integral to the story so the name Shah Rukh, as it sounds catchy.
Yeh Hai Bakrapur is based on the complex belief systems that prevail in Indian society and the conflicts that ensue thereon. Even the poster of the film a goat (bakra) in bright clothing aviators and shows a crowd cheering the goat, Shah Rukh, as he gets ready to cut a ribbon at an inaugural function.
With Being Bakra Is Better Than Being Human as its tagline, the makers have also tried to used the Salman Khan – Shah Rukh Khan rivalry, guess to create curiosity around the film.
Yeh Hai Bakrapur has already been screened at the 37th Goteborg International Film Festival as well as at the Mumbai Academy Of The Moving Image 2013 Festival.
The film’s story revolves around the family of the Qureshis and their pet goat. Circumstances result in goat acquiring rock star status in his village and beyond.
Yeh Hai Bakrapur stars Anshuman Jha, Asif Basra, Amit Sial, Utkarsha Majumdar, Faiz Mohammad, Suruchi Aulakh and Yoshika Verma.
Produced by Ramesh S. Arunachalam, music by Agnee, Yeh Hai Bakrapur is slated for April 24, 2014 release.