IFFM-2023: Lord Curzon Ki Haveli – Anshuman Jha’s homage to Hitchcock

MELBOURNE, 18 August 2023: Lord Curzon Ki Haveli (LCKH) is actor Anshuman Jha’s debut directorial film, a tribute to the master of suspense Alfred Hitchcock. Hitchcock’s style described as tension building through suspense to the point where the audience enjoys seeing the character in a tough situation. Something like this happens in LCKH as the plot moves on in a mansion in picturesque but isolated English countryside. The characters are Indian (South Asian) who converse in English and occasional Hindi. The movie shot with a single lens, had its world premiere at the IFFM-2023 as part of the ‘Centrepiece Spotlight Film’ section. A day before the movie’s premiere, Director Anshuman Jha talked to South Asia Times (SAT) at a function at the MCG.

Four ‘desis’ (South Asians) meet over an unplanned dinner party. “There is a dead body in the trunk,” says Rohit (Arjun Mathur) to his guests Ira (Rasika Duggal) &  Dr.Basuki (Paresh Ahuja) on arrival. Ira laughs it off, Dr. Basuki takes it seriously. A night of madness follows. Step by step the movie moves as the guests get a bit cosy though Dr. Basuki’s mind is gripped about the ‘body in the trunk’. He wants the key to open the box. Pizza is ordered for home delivery and a bizarre situation emerges. Paresh Ahuja tells South Asia Times (SAT) about his character.

Arjun Mathur who acts as Rohit describes the movie as a little entertainment, a little disturbing and a psychological thriller slash a black comedy. No, doubt this is a black comedy in the Indian format in England. Revealing the full plot here will be doing injustice to the viewers. Some of the scenes could face the censor’s scissor in India.

 

Lord Curzon Ki Haveli, has shades of Alfred Hitchcock’s ‘Rope (1948). It’s not bad to get inspired from a master. The movie proves India is not just Bollywood. Well done, Anshuman Jha and team.
I give it 4 stars out of five.

 

 

By Neeraj Nanda

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