Taala te Kunjee 2020-04-14 09:56:15 Taala Te Kunjee, is a story of Five recovering addicts at a rehab in Amritsar, Punjab. This story beautifully captures the essence of recovery from addiction and how these recovered addicts along with their families are helping other sufferers recover from the rampant drug problem in the state. Gurdeep Singh Blog post movies documentary drug use national award winner shilpi gulati taala te kunjee

Taala te Kunjee

75 Minutes


Four recovering addicts at a rehabilitation center in Punjab, India are helping families recover from the rampant drug problem in the state. While they struggle to establish new relationships with their past, their wives strive to redefine the meaning of love. An intimate portrayal of recovery, ‘Taala Te Kunjee’ is about relationships and the labor of everyday

Shilpi Gulati is a filmmaker, researcher and theatre artist based in New Delhi. Her work documents different regional communities in India through oral history, ethnography and socially engaged art. She has been awarded the President’s National Film Award in India for her documentaries Qissa-e Parsi (2015) and Taala the Kunjee (2019) and has screened her works, including Naach Bhikhari Naach (2018) and Dere Dun Dilli (2012), across several venues internationally. An actor and a core member of pandies’ theatre, a feminist group, Shilpi works with women and young adults to investigate questions of marginality using community based theatre tools. Shilpi has also been a Fulbright scholar and currently completing her PhD at Jawaharlal Nehru University.


Interview with Shilpi Gulati of LOCK & KEY

Over the course of making this film, I realized it was a challenge to speak to the protagonists on camera and retain the emotion of a story which has been repeated hundreds of times to a point where a certain performance and rehearsal tends to set in. It took a friendship and an emotional bond of years to be able to represent it in the film.

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Taala Te Kunjee: A documentary that looks at the lives of Punjab’s recovering addicts through five overlapping stories

As I watched Taala Te Kunjee (Lock and Key), filmmaker Shilpi Gulati’s 2017 feature-length documentary film, I kept returning to the story and the laughing face of 57-year-old Jasbir Singh. Every time I’d hear his voice, I’d think of every quintessentially Punjabi uncle I’ve ever met who has put me at ease with his incessant jokes and booming laughter.

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