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English, August (1994)

Agasyta, an urban bengali who seamlessly shuttles between Ella Fitzgerald and Rabindra Sangeet, joins the Indian administration service and gets posted in the lap of India's hinterland - a ... See full synopsis »

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Credited cast:
... Malti Srivastava
... Agastya Sen
... Sathe
... Laxman Shankar
Salim Shah ... Ravi Srivastava
Uttam Sirur ... Laxman Shankar's brother
Yogendra Tikku ... Kumar
... Sita Avery
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Agasyta, an urban bengali who seamlessly shuttles between Ella Fitzgerald and Rabindra Sangeet, joins the Indian administration service and gets posted in the lap of India's hinterland - a dingy little town called Madna. The movie journeys Agasya's , or August for his uber friends, sense of dislocation as he meanders around a district collector (his boss) and his sweaty sensous wife, corrupt but amecable policemen, earthy neighbours, a despicable guest-house caretaker with a shawl of identical kids, a cartoonist and a distant college friend who becomes his closest partner in crime. While the administrative service offers August a brief and intrense insight into the (un)workings of the great government machinery, the solitude and loneliness of being an intellectual island in a sea of foreigners compels him to take refuge in soft drugs and perverse hallucinations. Loyal to the novel of the same name by Upamanyu Chatterjee, English August is about the inherent impatience and isolation of...

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Dev Benegal has directed two movies, Road, Movie (2009) and English, August (1994), with commas in the title. See more »

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DVD required. Is it available at some online store ?
2 June 2007 | by See all my reviews

Hi. I was looking for a copy of DVD of English August. But on some digging I realized that its not available in the stores at Pune and Mumbai. I have read the book and have heard a lot about the movie. The book is too good. Its subtle yet sharp. I think its one of the best works on dismal state of grass root bureaucracy in India. Apparently there was a disaster (fire or something) before the commercial launch of the movie. It looks like the movie was never released in theaters, at least not in India. I tried to search a few online movie stores in India and US, but could not get an online DVD store I can buy from. Can somebody point me to a place where I can place an order for a copy of DVD. Stores in US or India are preferable. Thanks.


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