Tungrus is a short documentary that observes a week in the lives of a middle-class household in Mumbai, which turns topsy-turvy when the eccentric patriarch brings home a baby chick for his cats to play with. The family debates the question: should he be given the gift of life, or served for dinner?
Rishi Chandna’s filmmaking mind got a ‘lightbulb’ moment when he heard that a certain Bharde family had got this unusual pet. Upon approaching, the family was a bit reluctant initially to have cameras all around in their personal lives, but it eventually worked out for Rishi.
How does one adequately distill this silliness into a believable yet absurd story? Rishi chose to make it into a short documentary which he believed would lend itself to be more authentic and its impact far more reaching than what a fiction story would do.
Every filmmaker has a purpose/message which they want to convey through their work, Rishi’s was acceptance and tolerance towards other people’s choices and views. Considering Tungrus, it had to do with food as an identity. During the production of this film, Beef Ban was implemented in India, Rishi wanted to talk about it in this film as a form of an allegory. Rishi, in his film has also brought up, father’s village upbringing; whose idea of a pet is very different from his children’s, who have an urban sentimentality. But where to find that dividing line and where not to think about it is what the film is about.
You can find out more on the film on www.tungrus.com