Julien Dubuque Film Festival 2020

Short Block 01

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The comedian is a film about an ageing comedic actor in the Indian film industry (Bollywood) who has no laughter left in his life.

Hasmukh Lal was a superstar comedian in the 1990s. His name was synonymous with laughter and joy. Today he is a lonely, embittered old man, frustrated at what life has meted out to him. Using anger as his last defence, he is feared and loathed by his neighbours and co-workers alike.

Riya is young Youtube Video blogger who moves in with her family next door to him. A bundle of pure joy and innocence, she radiates life and sunshine but ironically is dying from cancer.

The unexpected relationship between this ghost of a man who has forgotten how to smile and this vividly "alive" dying girl who laughs in the face of adversity forms the crux of the story.

The comedian is a true comment on how a little love and laughter conquers all defeat and cures all the pain.

  • Year
    2019
  • Runtime
    24 minutes
  • Language
    Hindi
  • Country
    India
  • Premiere
    Iowa Premiere
  • Director
    Katyayan Shivpuri
  • Screenwriter
    Katyayan Shivpuri
  • Producer
    Katyayan Shivpuri
  • Cast
    Satish Kaushik, Grace Girdhar
  • Cinematographer
    Arnold Fernandes