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Rab da Vaasta... (2013)

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Must you kill in order to live...? When a no typical customer walks in and demands a shave, a small time barber with a traumatic past deliberates and faces an epiphany of sorts.


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Credited cast:
Bahadur Chacha ...
Tea Deliverer
Powell Jadaun ...
Young Sardar
Nissar Khan ...
ACP Jatav (as Nisar Khan)
Rabiya Nazki ...
Older Hindu Woman
Sonal Pandey ...
Younger Hindu Woman
Prashanth Ramachandran ...
Constable 1
Nishanth Singh ...
Constable 2
Old Hindu Barber
Nayeem Tomar ...
Mob Leader
Manjeet Singh Sandhu


One Sunday morning, a no typical customer walks into a small time barber shop in East Delhi, demanding a shave. Having faced the ordeal of 1984 anti-Sikh reprisal, Manjeet Singh Sandhu, a devout Sikh-turned-barber mulls over and faces an epiphany of sorts, upon coming face to face with his bête noire. Contextualized in the socio-religious political events of 1984-87 India (in the aftermath of Operation Bluestar and Prime Minister Indira Gandhi's assassination), Rab da Vaasta (For God's Sake) - Every Drop Matters, is a screen adaptation of Hernando Téllez's well-known story - Espuma y nada más (Just Lather, That's All). Written by Chakravarty Devulapalli

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every drop matters!


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Release Date:

25 July 2013 (India)  »

Box Office


INR 325,000 (estimated)

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Technical Specs



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The barber shop with two fixed walls and two movable walls was designed using Auto CAD - to simply accommodate the round track & trolley! In the Round Trolley Shot the barber (Ankit Varshneya) deliberately moves towards the cop (Nisar Khan) to block the cinematographer (NN Raghavendra Kumar) from being seen in the mirror as the trolley goes around. See more »


Rajiv Gandhi: "... but when a mighty tree falls, it is only natural that the earth around it does shake a little"
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Rab da Vaasta Theme
Shabad Written By: Guru Nanak Dev Ji (from the Holy Guru Granth Sahib)
Composed By Abhinav Agnihotri
Sung By: Bhai Ranjit Singh (Primary Vocal), Bhai Sham Singh (Secondary Vocal), Bhai Avtar Singh (Tabla)
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Very thoughtful adaptation
14 August 2013 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

The main actors in the film did a decent job of acting. In the short amount of time, the director did a really effective job of conveying his message across. The film certainly grabbed my attention throughout. The film summarized the plight of the Sikhs during that tragic time in Delhi and elsewhere. The name of the barber shop was cleverly named as Rajdhani Barber Shop. A full length feature film on the same will be a treat to watch. The actor who did the policeman role was very suave and realistic. The director was successful in highlighting how circumstances make a person realize the importance of life. He was able to combine different religions in such a short span beautifully. I hope the director makes many more thought provoking films like this one.

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