Cast & Crew

THE CAST

Rahul Bose, a leading actor from Bombay theater plays the role of Agastya Sen, the trainee. Rahul has participated in international theatre and acting workshops. His play Are there Tigers in the Congo has been a major critical success and is running to packed houses. Part of a new generation of actors his other critical successes have been Thornton Wilder's Infancy and Edward Albee's Sandbox English, August is his first film.

Salim Shah, who plays the role of Ravi Srivastava, the Collector of Madna, was born in the small town of Aligarh. He runs one of the leading experimental theatre companies in India. His roles on stage have been for the critically acclaimed Caine Mutiny Court Martial and Julius Caesar. Salim has also acted in critically acclaimed independent films among them, Antarnaad and Mirza Ghalib. English, August is his first major cinematic appearance.

Shivaji Satham, who plays the role of Govind Sathe the cartoonist extraordinaire, has his own cult following in India as a charismatic Police Inspector in a popular television series. Shivaji is also a leading theatre actor with his latest play still running for over six months in continuos performances.

Yogi Tikku, has acted in Indian and International theatre and television. His last film was Shadow in the Sun for BBC. He plays Kumar, the Superintendent of Police.

Veerendra Saxena, a veteran of the National School of Drama, has acted in films, television and theatre. With his repertoire of acting skills, he brings a profound knowledge of Hindustani music to the role of the drunk civil servant Shankar.

Tanvi Azmi, plays the role of Malti Srivastava, "the first lady of Madna who always wears a black bra." Tanvi has acted in several award winning films: Rao Saheb and Vidheyan which have been part of the official selections for numerous international film festivals.

Mita Vasisht, a leading actress of Indian cinema plays the role of Sita, the companion of the Englishman, John Avery.

 

THE FILMMAKING TEAM

Director, Co- Screenwriter and Editor: Dev Benegal

Born in Delhi, Dev Benegal grew up in the cinema theatres of the city on a diet of American and British imports. After making several award winning documentaries he made his first feature English, August (1994). Considered a landmark in contemporary Indian cinema, English, August is a humorous and irreverent study of bureaucracy and the Indian Generation X. It won the Silver Grand Prix and the Gilberto Martinez Solares prize for the Best First Film at the Festival des 3 continents, Nantes and the Special Jury Award at the Torino International Film Festival.

Split Wide Open his second feature film won the Grand Prix at the Belgium International Film Festival 2000, the Special Jury award and Best Actor award at the Singapore International Film Festival 2000 and is currently playing in theatres across India.

Producer and Production Designer: Anuradha Parikh

Anuradha Parikh is a practicing architect who graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1983. Her independent practice was set up in 1986. She has worked on projects with architects Ved Segan & Associates, Charles Correa & Associates, on Vistara The Architecture of India: an exhibition of Indian Architecture for the Festival of India in USA,USSR and Japan, and on the Discovery of India Project Nehru Center, Bombay as Architectural Assistant. Her work for film includes the main-title design for Ajooba directed by Shashi Kapoor and production design for the films Anantarupam (The Infinite Forms), Kanakambaram (The Cloth of Gold) and Kalpavriksha (The Tree of Life). She has recently attended a Masters program in Architecture and Design criticism at The Parsons School of Design and The New School for Social Research, USA and is awaiting thesis completion. She recalls her work and training to create the stunning visuals for English, August.

Screenwriter: Upamanyu Chatterjee

Upamanyu Chatterjee graduated from St. Stephen's college, Delhi with a Masters in English. He taught English for a year at St. Stephen's, after which he joined the Indian Administrative Service. His stories have been published in various magazines among them, Debonair and London Magazine. His story The Assassination of Indira Gandhi was published in the William Heinmann collection of Best Stories 1986. His first novel English, August was published by Faber & Faber in 1988 and has been critically acclaimed. His latest book
The Last Burden also published by Faber and Faber and has also been critically acclaimed.

Principal Cinematography: Anoop Jotwani

Anoop Jotwani graduated from the Film & Television Institute of India in 1983 with a diploma in Cinematography. He assisted the famous cameraman Subrata Mitra on the feature New Delhi Times which won the National award for Best Cinematography. In 1986 he photographed his first feature film Halodiya Choraye Baodhan Khai directed by Jahnu Barua and followed that with three others, Banani, Firingoti and Ting Khang all directed by Jahnu Barua and Maya directed by Ketan Mehta. He has subsequently photographed a number of documentaries among them, B.C. Sanyal, Kalpavriksha and Qaleen and Field of Shadows.

Sound Recordist: Vikram Joglekar

A graduate of the Film & Television Institute of India with a diploma in Sound Recording Vikram is also a trained classical singer. He has worked on various feature and documentary films and English, August is the first film where he has recorded a digital stereo location sound track.

Music Composer: D. Wood

D. Wood trained in Indian classical music and has been a teacher of Western classical music. He has composed music for various acclaimed film before his disctinctive work for English, August. The composer D. Wood recalls his training in Western Classical music and Indian Classical music to put together an ensemble of Bansuri (Indian Flute), Fretless Bass, Indian Percussion's and Electric Guitars to create the haunting sound for English, August.

Special Visual Effects: Ram Mohan

Trained by the Walt Disney studios, Ram Mohan is India's leading animator with over a hundred films to his credit. His award winning work has taken him to different parts of the world where he has worked. In English, August Ram Mohan moves away from the "gloss" of special effects to the origins of animation and special effects and on the suggestion of director Dev Benegal draws on the ouvre of legendary animator Norman McLaren to create the stunning and shocking effects for English, August.