Kaansya (Bronzed) is an Indian adaptation of William Shakespeare's Troilus and Cressida.

The story revolves around the decades-old rivalry of 2 competing wrestling families in Haryana, India. The rich and powerful wrestling family of Hanuman Akhada, and their gritty rivals Bajrang Akhada.

Things explode when Sonam, married to Bajrang Akhada’s owner Prithvi, runs away with Randeep, the son of the head of Hanuman Akhada. This event becomes a trigger for a dozen people who are either seeking to fulfil their hidden desires or execute their secret vendetta's.

Themes of pride, love and vengeance dominate the narrative. The film shows the complexity of human nature amidst a backdrop of wrestling in a small town in India.

  • Aditya Watts
  • Aditya Watts
  • Aditya Dabas
  • Aditya Watts
  • Ravinder Watts
  • Sunita Watts
  • Saahil Sethi
    Key Cast
  • Kritika Pande
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  • Nirnay Godlaw
    Key Cast
  • Lakshya Goel
    Key Cast
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    1 hour 29 minutes 7 seconds
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    November 6, 2023
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    60,000 USD
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    English, Hindi
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    Digital, 4K
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Director Biography - Aditya Watts

Aditya Watts studied Film Direction in Whistling Woods International (2008-2010) in Mumbai, India. He wrote and directed 6 short films before embarking on an independent journey which led to various attempts at developing and executing a Feature Film.

The first such proper go was in 2014-15 when he shot a micro-budget sci-fi fantasy The Golden Boyz. This attempt, due to a variety of reasons, became more of an education than a project ready to be sent out into the world. It remains in his hard drive, variously afflicted yet cherished child.

The second attempt began in 2018 which culminated in the shooting of Kaansya (Bronzed) an adaptation of William Shakespeare’s Troilus and Cressida. After going through various indie film struggles, the film was finally finished in Oct’23.

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Director Statement

My first complete feature film is an adaptation of William Shakespeare’s relatively unpopular play Troilus and Cressida. The story attracted me instantly when I read it first in 2014. The complexity of the situation and how primal it was, how deeply it revealed the essential, animal nature’s of people’s fears and desires is what drew me in.

An event such as this - a married woman running away with a rival felt so contemporary, so universal, and in a way - so Indian, that I was tempted to explore it. The story gave me a canvas of over a dozen human’s to explore and I took the ball and ran with it. I barely glimpsed back at the play once I was inspired. I have adapted freely and I felt that was best. I hope despite it’s flaws, it’s worth your while.