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Bound / Live Action Short

A Bangladeshi-Canadian nurse's chance encounter with a stranger in a corner store and the chain of events that follow, forcing her to confront the weight of her past and the haunting question of whether our lives are determined by fate or free will.

  • Vikram Dasgupta
    Calcutta Taxi, Beyond Moving
  • Vikram Dasgupta
    Calcutta Taxi, Beyond Moving
  • Scott Larson
  • Vikram Dasgupta
    Calcutta Taxi, Beyond Moving
  • Aliya Kanani
    Key Cast
    Scarborough, Seven Veils
  • Steven McCarthy
    Key Cast
    "Handsome Stranger"
    Fargo, Mary Kills People
  • Anand Rajaram
    Key Cast
    Miss Sloan, Suits
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  • Runtime:
    19 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    September 30, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    10,000 USD
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    Alexa 35
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Director Biography - Vikram Dasgupta

Born in New Delhi, Vikram’s biggest influence was his grandmother’s storytelling.

His feature documentary BEYOND MOVING is currently streaming on APPLE TV.

He is in the midst of directing a PBS doc-series WHO OWNS THE WORLD for TVO Ca & ZDF INFO

His first short film, the multi award winning CALCUTTA TAXI won the Oscar Qualifier at the Aspen ShortFest 2013 and was screened at over 50+ festivals worldwide.

His Paralympian commercial for the Pan Am Games titled 'Are you ready' was nominated for the CANNES LIONS in the Best Film category.

SELECTED FILMOGRAPHY - Fiction & Documentary
WHO OWNS THE WORLD, 4 EPISODES DOCUMENTARY SERIES, for PBS, TVO & Zdef (CURRENTLY FILMING) Produced my Hawkeye Pictures, Toronto (Book of Negros, Sleeping Giant, Brother) and Broadcasters PBS US, TVO Canada Coproduced with ZDF Germany.

BEYOND MOVING FEATURE DOCUMENTARY, 2020 (APPLE TV) Beyond moving is currently streaming on Apple TV as a part of their 2021 Lineup. It premiered in Toronto at the HotDocs Theatre in 2020 and acquired Theatrical and VOD Distribution Blue Ice Docs and International sales Filmoptions Montreal.

CALCUTTA TAXI SHORT FILM NARRATIVE, 2012 Funded by Bravofact! and National Film Board of Canada, Oscar Qualifier at the Aspen ShortFest 2013 and was screened at over 50+ festivals worldwide Including Clermont Ferrand, Austin Film Festival, Sao Paolo Intl and Rhode Island Intl to name a few.

DOG-MA FEATURE DOCUMENTARY (POST PRODUCTION), 2022 POV of the Director's mother Sulakshmi Dasgupta feeding 500+ strays every day, for the past fifteen years in the streets of Delhi. In the process, she has isolated herself from her whole family, including her son and director Vikram Dasgupta. International Distribution, LOI Seville International, Entertainment One.

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Director Statement

BOUND in some ways is a catharsis from my own personal trauma on the subject of abuse and my passion for depicting deeply human experiences on screen. It is my most recent endeavor back into the fiction space after a decade of filming through the lens of a documentarian.

One of the themes explored in the film is the search for intimacy and belonging. Mira's encounter with the Handsome Man sparks a moment of shared vulnerability, where their brief interaction reveals layers of personal history. The second encounter explores the yearning for human connection that resonates a different universal experience inviting audiences to reflect on the transformative power of chance encounters.

At its core, Bound is a profound tale of a people seeking closure from past demons. Mira reclaims her power and defines her own values on her terms. More than justice, it is about recovering one's humanity.

It is my hope that this film resonates with audiences, igniting conversations and fostering a deeper appreciation for the profound impact of the people we meet along our journey. Thank you for joining me on this exploration.
Vikram Dasgupta
Director, Bound