Good Guy/ Bad Guy

The chronicle of five years in the tumultuous life of Zakhir, a gentle soul who lives on the streets of Bangalore (India’s Silicon Valley)and dreams of directing a fantasy blockbuster till his life takes a darker turn when he gets caught up in a murder. In the process emerges a hidden city that thrives on the margins of conspicuous consumption.
Should she bail him out? Should she insert herself into his story? These are the questions that the filmmaker of Good Guy Bad Guy encounter as she navigates these troubled terrains with what has been called 'a refreshing compassion and integrity.'
“The camera follows Indu and Zahkir through the mad color and bizarre social schisms of the city as they participate in each other’s filmmaking dreams.”
– Indira Chandrashekar, (Author of Polymorphisms, Harper Collins/2017)

  • indu krishnan
    Knowing her Place; The New Americans (PBS miniseries)
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    1 hour 18 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    September 15, 2018
  • Production Budget:
    20,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
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  • 3rd I International South Asian Film Festival
    San Francisco
    United States
    November 1, 2018
    North American Premiere
Director Biography - indu krishnan


Indu Krishnan grew up in India and has a Bachelors degree in psychology from Delhi University. She subsequently took courses in fine art at Parsons School of Design and got a Masters in Media Studies at the New School for Social Research in New York. She is the recipient of numerous grants including the Rockefeller Intercultural Fellowship; Media grants from the National Endowment of the Arts, ITVS, New York State council on the Arts among others. She has worked for corporate and public television in the US and in between independently produced her own documentaries. She currently divides her time between Bengaluru and San Francisco.

2017: Director/Producer : Good Guy Bad Guy reveals with humanity the street life and celluloid fantasy, family and violence, tenderness and inconstancy that enmeshes a young recycler in Bengaluru.
2004: Director of the India story for ‘The New Americans’ the acclaimed mini-series by Kartemquin Films. Following an H1-B programmer from Bengaluru to Silicon Valley through the boom and the bust the story rips aside the curtain on the American Dream as experienced by many Indian Americans.

Broadcast on Independent Lens, 2004. At IDFA; Awards: Gold Hugo -Best Overall Production; Distinguished Documentary Achievement Awards, Int’l Documentary Association (IDA)
1990: Producer/ Director ‘Knowing her Place’ – A moving investigation of the cultural schizophrenia experienced by an Indian woman who grew up in the U.S. uncovers conflicted relationships with her mother and grandmother in India and her husband and teenage sons in New York. Fusing photographs, vérité sequences and experimental techniques the film probes the multilayered experience of immigrant women with rare candor and emotional resonance. 

Broadcast in US on Independent Focus, WNET; The Learning Channel; Worldwide: Doordarshan, India, Canada, Australia and Swedish TV. Festivals: Margaret Mead, Hawaii Int’l, The San Francisco Int’l film Festival. Distributed by Women Make Movies.

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