The Rapist

Director: Aparna Sen
Starring: Konkona Sen Sharma, Arjun Rampal, Tanmay Dhanania
Run time: 132 mins | Recommended Certificate: 18
Language: Hindi with English Subtitles | Year: 2022 | Country: India

Nayna Misra (Konkona Sen Sharma) and Aftab Malik (Arjun Rampal) have a warm, loving relationship until disaster strikes one October night, when Nayna is raped and her friend Malini is killed. Nayna, who discovers she is pregnant from the assault, decides to interview her rapist Prasad Singh (Tanmay Dhanania) in jail, to find out at what point the biological father of her child became a rapist and why – are criminals born or created?


Aparna Sen

Aparna Sen was born into a family of film lovers. Her father, the noted film critic, film historian and filmmaker Chidananda Dasgupta, was a founder member of the Calcutta Film Society along with Satyajit Ray. Aparna made her debut as an actress in 1961 while she was still in school, in Satyajit Ray's Two Daughters. She has since acted in the films of several noted film directors including Mrinal Sen, James Ivory, Tapan Sinha and Hrishikesh Mukherjee. She received the Best Actress Award for her performance in Mrinal Sen's Mahaprithibi at the Tashkent International Film Festival. Aparna made 36 Chowringhee Lane, her first directorial venture, which she wrote herself, in 1981. It won the Grand Prix (The Golden Eagle) at the Manila International Film Festival in 1982 while the Kodak award for Cinematography went to Ashok Mehta for his photography in that film at the Hawaii International Film Festival in 1983. Aparna received the National Award for Best Direction and Ashok Mehta the National Award for Best Cinematographer in India for the same film. Aparna continues to write and direct her films in Calcutta and occasionally acts in films as well.

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Birmingham | MAC
June 30, 2022 7:00 pm

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