Cinequest, Critic’s Pick for Feb. 25

Road to Sangam

(India; 135 min.) When India’s greatest martyr died, he asked that his ashes be divided into 20 parts and sent off with the flow of the nation’s 20 rivers. Amit Rai’s proudly humanist film is a fiction, yet it’s based on the real-life discovery, some 60 years on, of a cask of the ashes of Mahatma Gandhi. In Utter Pradesh, a terrorist bombing sets off repression by the Indian police against the Muslims; meanwhile, a humble but farsighted Muslim mechanic in Allahabad gets the job to fix the engine of a vintage V8 truck—little realizing that this truck had once been used long ago to transport some of Gandhi-ji’s ashes, and that the authorities hope to use the truck in the upcoming ceremony. But a general strike by outraged Muslim merchants threatens the mechanic’s task. Star Paresh Rawal and the regal Om Puri engage in a discourse about the partitioning of India that’s real food for thought. (Richard von Busack)

Feb. 25 at 1pm at Camera 12


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