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2010/India, USA/Director: Sudhish Kamath/81 min.
Cast: Manu Narayan, Seema Rahmani, Vasanth Santosham, Raja Sen (Language: English)
Festivals and Awards: South Asian International
A boy, a girl, and a hotel telephone: Good Night, Good Morning is a recipe for good old fashioned romance in a technology-crazed world.
While heading back to Philadelphia after a wild night of partying with the guys, Turiya gathers the courage to call the room of Moria, a girl he met briefly at the hotel bar in New York. As the two become more physically distant, they become more emotionally connected. Through their anonymity, they shamelessly share stories, ideologies, dreams and fears about love, sex and life. As the film progresses, the couple goes through eight stages of romance – from initial awkwardness to the honeymoon and final uncertainty. They start to let go of their baggage from past lovers and unpleasant memories. The situation pins the strangers together in an unlikely romance.
Set under the hazy lights of New York City and filmed entirely in black-and-white, the film carries a nostalgic and dreamy ambiance harking back to talkies of the Jazz Age. The characters are paralleled on a split screen while they talk on the phone. The film also contains flashbacks and short stories that provide visual relief from the conversation.
Good Night, Good Morning, is a rare gem from India that received raved reviews internationally, including the Mumbai Film Festival and South Asian International Film Festival in New York. It’s a daring and delightful take on a traditional and modern love story.