Aunty Sudha Aunty Radha

Two sisters, Sudha and Radha, 86 and 93, have a near-magical existence in their village home in North India, along with their entourage of domestic help.

  • Tanuja Chandra
    Director
    Dushman, Sangharsh, Qarib Qarib Singlle
  • anupama mandloi
    Producer
  • Radha Rani Sharma
    Key Cast
    "Aunty Radha"
  • Sudha Garg
    Key Cast
    "Aunty Sudha"
  • Project Type:
    Documentary
  • Genres:
    slice of life, family
  • Runtime:
    48 minutes 42 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 10, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    40,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    India
  • Country of Filming:
    India
  • Language:
    Hindi
  • Shooting Format:
    4K
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Chicago South Asian Film Festival
    Chicago
    United States
    September 23, 2019
    North American Premiere
    official selection
  • Tasveer South Asian Film Festival
    Seattle
    United States
    September 26, 2019
    Official Selection
  • Auroville Film Festival
    Auroville
    India
    January 9, 2020
    official selection
  • MAMI - Mumbai Academy of Moving Image
    Mumbai
    India
    October 22, 2019
    Asia premiere
    Spotlight Official Selection
  • Indie Meme Film Festival
    Austin
    United States
    May 1, 2020
    Winner - Audience Choice Award
  • 10th Dada Saheb Phalke Film Festival
    Delhi
    India
    April 20, 2020
    Best Documentary - Jury
  • Indian Film Festival Cincinnati
    Cincinnati
    United States
    Best Documentary
  • ARFF Amsterdam
    Amsterdam
    Netherlands
    Best Short Documentary
  • 9th Kolkata Shorts International Film Festival
    Kolkata
    India
    Best Documentary - Jury
  • Docs Without Borders Film Festival
    online
    Outstanding Excellence
  • Madrid International Film Festival
    Madrid
    Spain
    World premiere
    Official Selection
Director Biography - Tanuja Chandra

After receiving a B.A. degree in English Literature in Mumbai, Tanuja Chandra completed further studies towards a Master of Fine Arts degree in Film Direction and Writing in the U.S.A. She returned to India and directed the television shows and co-wrote the scripts of Mahesh Bhatt’s films, Zakhm and Tamanna, both of which won National awards, and Yash Chopra’s Dil Toh Pagal Hai.
She began independent film direction in 1998 with Dushman and directed Sangharsh, Sur, Zindaggi Rocks, and the English language, Hope and A Little Sugar in 2008, amongst others. Several of her films received awards and her English film received recognition in international film festivals.
In 2017, her most recent film, Qarib Qarib Singlle released, a romcom starring Irrfan Khan and Parvathy, and a collection of short stories by her, called Bijnis Woman was published by Penguin Random House. Two short films by her streamed on Zee5 and Eros Now. She’s working on the script of her next feature, along with developing content for longer format projects. In the past, she has written articles for newspapers and magazines regularly, and is working on her next book.

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Director Statement

As a film director with a fairly long career, I started out as a television journalist, writing and editing stories about people, stories that were light or serious, melodramatic or slice-of-life. I loved doing this; it was relevant to my aim of making movies since real life often surprises us more than our own imagination and is the foundation of all fiction.

I had always wanted to document the charmed existence of my aunts. My siblings and I had received so much affection as well as humour from these sisters of my father, I felt guilty at never going to their home despite being graciously invited every year. So, when I finally decided to pay them a visit, I wasn’t sure what to expect. And I have to say – the taste of crisp and lovely springtime with them filled my heart with warmth. I felt I had touched an actual and sweet grace that’s possibly going to stay with me till my own sunset years. If viewers feel this grace too, then I would have brought a modicum of dignity to aging people in the world and for that I feel fortunate as a director.

This documentary has added an important layer to my oeuvre, almost marking an aesthetic shift; it’s all the more evident to me now that even though life is filled with drama and sorrow, its depiction need not necessarily be such. A film can portray human truth with the ease of a light touch. A voice in a soft pitch can be every bit as powerful as one that shouts. Indeed, I’m thankful that my aunts let me film them, they’ve enabled me to become a better filmmaker.