26th September, 2002
SYNOPSIS Indian Panorama (Feature Film)


Atithi (The Guest)

90 mins., 35mm, colour, Kannada

In the backdrop of organized terrorism threatening world peace, Atithi tries to simulate the same situation at a micro-level by putting a terrorist and peace-loving doctor together under the same roof for a few days and examines the outcome of their complex interactions.

Three terrorists, after blowing up a bridge are on their way to next target. One of the terrorists is injured and they go to a doctor’s house for medical aid. At gunpoint, they extract treatment and safe shelter until the injured terrorist becomes fit to move out. Doctor’s wife is taken away as a hostage to ensure secrecy of the whole deal. Doctor’s house turns into an operating base for the terrorists. A casual entry of a small child into that house adds a new dimension. Amidst all this confusion, doctor goes through agonizing moments living with the terrorist.

What is the nature of their interactions during that period? What kind of internal conflicts they go through even while exhibiting their respective outward stance? How they react to each other’s views, how they affect each other in commonplace situations. How an innocent child transforms the whole complexion of their relationships, thinking patterns and behavioural patterns. These are some of the elements that Atithis tries to examine at the human level leaving the viewer free to create his own socio-political context as the backdrop based on his own life experience.


A postgraduate in Kannada literature and diploma holder in journalism. After a short stint as journalist he entered film in 1990 as a screenplay and dialogue writer. His maiden effort as Director of feature film "Munnudi" has brought him great applause for his sensitive approach to cinema. He is the recipient of Aravindan Puraskaram – 2000 as debut director of "Munnudi".


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