Binnu has grown up hearing about his mother's first slap, 25 years ago;
hit by his father merely for emerging from the same room as her own brother-in-law. Many years later,
he leaves home. At a party, he sleeps with his Boss’ daughter, who he falls in love with. But things don’t go as planned.
Binnu leaves town. Engaging in another romance in another city. But something is not quite right.
Slowly, a strange paranoia begins to engulf his being. ‘Binnu Ka Sapna’ delves deep into a malignant mindset,
trying to bare the ticking time bombs around us and illuminate the wicks that light them.
The cyclical pattern of patriarchy is a globally recognised social condition.
We even go a step forward and think of it as a disorder. In many homes in India,
this cycle is justified and normalised.
The real impact of being witness to the cycle, unfortunately, comes a full circle when children who grow up in the environment, enter adulthood. While this film talks about the journey of one such young man Binnu, it also opens a larger conversation -the need to introspect.
After dabbling in radio, copywriting, acting and theatre, Kanu Behl studied at the Satyajit Ray Film and TV Institute, Kolkata, majoring in Film Direction.
His first documentary, ‘An Actor Prepares’ landed in competition at Cinema du Reel. Next, he directed and produced three more docs for NHK Japan, ZDF and ARTE. In 2010, he co-wrote LSD with Dibakar Banerjee.
In 2014, his debut feature TITLI premiered at Un Certain Regard,Cannes. The film has since won 8 international awards including the NETPAC and the Best First Foreign Film (2015) from the French Syndicate of Cinema Critics. TITLI travelled to over 22 film festivals , including IFFR Rotterdam, AFI, BFI London and Goteborg.
In a country of 6.2 billion people, with the male-female ratio hopelessly skewed, repression is par for the course.
Love often metamorphoses into a ‘till-death-do-us-part’ chokehold. Blood red rage is entrenched into swathes of masculinity floating about. And before one knows, the damage is done.
‘Binnu Ka Sapna’ attempts to look deep into the belly of a perpetrator and distill the agony. Binnu’s life constructs itself around building an impossible dream – recreating the ‘Love Nest’ he’s seen as an adolescent. He’s desperate to feed lovingly made cups of tea to someone. But does he know how to love? Does he even know how to listen?
Or is it just lust for ‘Love’? Binnu has sex with himself while fucking a real woman. Roams street corners looking at seductively sold brands. His head screams trying to exorcise ghosts from stories only heard. Hatred brews for a brash, violent Father; derision bubbles for the ever-servile Mother. An uncertain anger froths at past injustices only felt, never quite understood.
The film is my attempt to understand the anger within. I went through a period where I raged and destroyed everything in my path. Irretrievably, irrevocably. Where did the roots of that anger lie? Did the anger root from a focal core or was it a constantly mutating unrecognizable beast? Its consequences and ripples, either way, rested on my individual doorstep. More... »
- Kanu Behl
Terribly Tiny Tales is one of India’s most celebrated storytelling platforms. Founded by Anuj Gosalia in 2013, what started out as a passion project is now a beloved brand on social media with a large and loyal following of over 2 million people. TTT is read by over 15 million readers, every week and has contributions from over a 100,000 thousand writers from across the world. Terribly Tiny Talkies, it’s short films brand, has produced over 30 of the country’s finest short films winning many international awards along with a Filmfare. As a platform, we deeply believe in the power of stories and their ability to shape the world.
Having made several memorable and award-winning short films on YouTube, there was a burning desire to make something bold and outrageous. Having known Kanu from his previous film Titli, we knew he could make a film that
could be both relevant and uncomfortable.
After watching this come to life, and the ways it can move people who watch it, it makes us want to tell the many stories that quietly stay untold in the smaller parts of India and the world.
That is both scary, and exciting.
- Anuj Gosalia (CEO, TTT)
Colosceum Media Pvt Ltd is India’s fastest growing
Independent-Multi-genre content firm. A strong belief in creative insight, used to deliver content that speaks and connects with a
global audience defines the core of the company.
This has led to the emergence of a highly talented and experienced core team of professionals led by CEO Lalit Sharma.
Colosceum has now produced over 1800 hours of content across short fiction, branding and television; and is now making its foray into feature fiction and limited series.
There are stories and then there are stories that only Kanu can tell. Binnu Ka sapna, talks to you at subconscious level and shows you how belief in the perceived thoughts shapes you and your reality without you realising it. The story is Indian but what it deals with is a phenomenon with us humans as a species no matter where we are on the Globe. Open your eyes to this dream.
- Lalit Sharma (CEO, Colosceum Media)
Writer/Director: Kanu Behl
Cast : Chetan Sharma, Anamica Kadamb, Suman Jain
Producers : Anuj Gosalia, Lalit Prem Shama
Executive Producer : Lalit Behl
Creative Producer : Sharanya Rajgopal
Director of Photography : Siddharth Diwan
Production designer : Devika Dave
Editor : Nitesh Bhatia
Costume Design : Fabeha
Music : Sneha Khanwalkar
Location Sound : Vineet Vashishtha
Sync Sound & Design : Pritam Das
Casting Director : Prashant Singh
Operations Head: Pracchi Batnagar
First Assistant Director : Vikram Arora
Still Photographs : Nirvair Singh
Colourist : Sidharth Meer
Poster Design : Shameen Khatri, Kshitij Jatale