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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 »


Dev Benegal
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Credited cast:
Tanvi Azmi ... Malti Srivastava
Rahul Bose ... Agastya Sen
Shivaji Satam ... Sathe
Virendra Saxena ... Laxman Shankar (as Veerendra Saxena)
Salim Shah Salim Shah ... Ravi Srivastava
Uttam Sirur Uttam Sirur ... Laxman Shankar's brother
Yogendra Tikku Yogendra Tikku ... Kumar
Mita Vasisht ... Sita Avery


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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16 September 1994 (Canada) See more »

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Agastya, der Engländer See more »

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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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A great idea well executed
27 January 2000 | by Prince_of _CalcuttaSee all my reviews

English speaking Bong Agastya Sen is transplanted to a small town in AP and discovers to his shock that he is very much like a foreigner in his own country when taken out of his social mileu. The director has done a brilliant job of cutting out the self-indulgent, boring introspective prose present in the novel. He has cleverly disguised the fact that nothing much really happens plot-wise with the aid of some very nifty editing and I guess a 'slice of life' narrative structure. The soundbites (and pretty insightful ones at that) found throughout the movie really make the movie something special. All the actors are extremely competent and have been perfectly casted. Much, much better than the "Bombay Boys" , the "Hyderabad Blues", the "Rockfords" of this world. Hope "Split Wide Open" is just as good.

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