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by Partho Sen-Gupta


In the sprawling megalopolis of Mumbai, Inspector Joshi searches desperately for his six-year-old daughter, Aruna, who one day, ten years ago, had not come home after school. By day, Joshi is a cog in the wheel of the apathetic police force; by night, he roams the backstreet dancing bars endlessly searching for his daughter. A shadowy figure appears to be everywhere Joshi goes but, despite numerous attempts to catch him, it remains elusive. Late at night, Joshi returns to his cramped apartment to face his broken wife.

Naina, a 6-year-old girl, is brought by traffickers to a brothel and is entrusted to Komal, a teenage prostitute. The girl watches as the other children are sent out to ‘clients’.

Joshi and the other cops lead a raid on the brothel, but the pimps hide the children in a false ceiling. Joshi feels the presence of the shadowy figure.

Babu, a 16-year-old boy, is brought to Joshi badly beaten. Joshi cannot get any answers out of him. He decides to investigate Babu’s family but nothing is turned up. Yet he feels the presence of the shadowy figure.

Before the sunrise, Joshi must catch the elusive figure that destroys the lives of children.


international title: Sunrise
original title: Arunoday
country: India, France
year: 2014
genre: fiction
directed by: Partho Sen-Gupta
film run: 85'
release date: DE 20/08/2015
screenplay: Partho Sen-Gupta
cast: Adil Hussain, Tannishtha Chatterjee
cinematography by: Jean-Marc Ferriere
film editing: Annick Raoul
art director: Ravin Karde
costumes designer: Kimneineng Kipgen, Chetna Rawat
music: Eryck Abecassis
production: Dolce Vita Films, Good Lap Production, Infinitum Productions, Aryasaa Cine Productions, National Film Development Corporation of India, Independent Movies
distributor: Rapid Eye Movies


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Tribeca Film Festival 2015Viewpoints
Beaune International Thriller Film Festival 2015 

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