Loha Singh, a Kanpuria famed in his locality for being the Robinhood of electricity, is the local Katiyabaaz this documentary is based on. The documentary takes a comic take in underlying the issue of power-cuts in the city of Kanpur. With Loha we doctor the transformers and power cables to run small businesses and power several homes, much to UP Government’s annoyance.
Directed by director-duo Deepti Kakkar and Fahad Mustafa, Katiyabaaz could be for 2014 what Supermen of Malegaon was for 2012. And this comparison is only made for the subtle hilarity and insight shared in both. There have been quite a many powerful documentaries this year in Gulabi Gang and The World Before Her.
From the official synopsis-
The movie has traveled prestigious film festivals around the world and has been the recipient of many awards.
It is the winner of the National Award for the Best Investigative film at the 61st National Awards, and the winner of India Gold for best film at the Mumbai Film Festival, 2013.
It also received a grant from the prestigious Sundance institute.
Katiyabaaz was also screened at the following festivals in 2013-
-Tribeca Film Festival
-London Open Docs Fest
-Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin | Berlin Film Festival
-Melbourne International Film Festival
-Festival do Rio
-Raindance Film Festival
-Viennale Film Festival
-International Documentary Film Festival, Amsterdam.
-Aarhus Film Festival
Backed by Phantom productions and produced by GlobalistanFilms, the documentary releases August 22nd.
Watch the trailer here: