Psycho Raman which tells the true story of Raman Raghav, the notorious Mumbai serial killer of the 1960s, will screen at the upcoming Sydney Film Festival 2016.
The film just screened at Cannes’ Directors Fortnight.
The film is directed by multi award winning and BAFTA nominee Anurag Kashyap (The Lunchbox – SFF2013, Black Friday), regarded as the face of an emerging new wave cinema and has recently been in the spotlight for the rumored ban of his latest film Udta Punjab, about drug trafficking in Punjab.
A leading figure of independent Indian cinema, Anurag Kashyap has directed landmark films such as Dev D, Black Friday and Gangs of Wasseypur (SFF 2012 Official Competition) and produced Monsoon Shootout (SFF 2013) and The Lunchbox (SFF 2014). His new film, selected for the Cannes Directors’ Fortnight, is a highly stylish and suspenseful cat-and-mouse thriller. Set in contemporary Mumbai, it follows Ramanna (Nawazuddin Siddiqui), a deranged psychopath inspired by Raman Raghav, a real-life 1960s serial killer who terrorised the city. In hot pursuit is the young cop Raghavan (Vicky Kaushal), a drug addict who at one point has the killer in his grasp only to let him escape. What follows is an exhilarating chase, as the killer and cop circle each other, coming closer and closer to an explosive clash. Kashyap, a master of using genre conventions for greater purpose, uses his intriguing, damaged characters to raise issues of inequality, justice and aspiration in modern India. Kashyap expertly ratchets up the tension, and with perfect use of fantastic lead performances, makes a stylistically bold and provocative film.