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Dar-Badar (Door to Door)

Dar-Badar is a human story of displacement, refuge, dreams, reality, success, failure, resilience, challenges, co-incidences and life altering experiences. Dar-Badar is a Farsi and Urdu word also used in Hindi. It literally means from 'Door to Door' and used to signify someone who has no Home, one who is roaming one place to another, hoping for a Refuge. In simple words- Homeless or Displaced. It's a story of two strangers displaced from home, who meet in a foreign city which is nobody's home. A story lived through the travelling eyes of an afghan driver displaced from his motherland and an Indian actor searching for his identity, how history, art and cinema brings them together leaving an ever lasting impact on each other before they bid good bye.

  • Rohit Khaitan
  • Chandan Roy Sanyal
    Manto (Festiival De Cannes) Island City (Venice FF) Deep 6 (Busan)
  • Rohit Khaitan
  • Rohit Khaitan
    Torbaaz (Netflix)
  • Chandan Roy Sanyal
    Key Cast
    Island City (Venice), Manto Festival De Cannes, Deep 6 (Busan)
  • Shoaib Lodin
    Key Cast
    The Covenant by Guy Ritchie
  • Project Type:
    Feature, Short, Television, Web / New Media, Other
  • Genres:
    Drama, History, Biography
  • Runtime:
    45 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    January 7, 2022
  • Country of Origin:
  • Country of Filming:
    Afghanistan, India, Netherlands
  • Language:
    Dutch, English, Hindi, Urdu
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
    January 21, 2022
    November 24, 2021
    world premiere
Director Biography - Rohit Khaitan

Rohit started his filmmaking career with Anurag Kashyap's 'No Smoking' (Rome Int. Film Festival) as Assistant Director, subsequently executive producing 'Dev. D' (out of competition Venice) Post which Khaitan worked as Supervising Producer at 'National Film Development Corporation' (In the year 2010-11, where he was in charge and Supervising Producer for films-'That Girl In Yellow Boots' (Venice Int. Film Festival, TIFF) National Award Winning-'The Good Road' (India's enters for Academy Awards) Anup Singh's Indian European Co-Production- 'Qissa' (Toronto, Rotterdam). In 2012-Short Film 'Lehenga' based on true story of a Gandhian family, which Khaitan produced was showcased at Court-meterage 65th 'Festival De Cannes'. In 2013 Rohit produced a critically acclaimed feature film 'Prague' (Tashkent Int. Film Festival) directed by Ashish Shukla now streaming on Netflix worldwide and In the year 2016-17 he produced and showcased in India & internationally theatrical adaptation of Shakespeare's 'The Two Gentlemen of Verona' on the 400th Death Anniversary of Bard.
Now Rohit is executive producing International Emmy nominated and renowned Indian filmmaker Dibakar Banerjee's Netflix original film "Freedom"

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Director Statement

Dar-Badar is an emotionally driven fictional drama revolving around two artists who meet as strangers in Amsterdam both having things in common – love for art, cinema and Indian movies. Dar-Badar is a fictional tale inspired by true events. It is based on the observation and people who come to city of dreams-Mumbai to find identity and purpose. I came across such real characters in life and have interacted with on personal level.
Shoaib (Afghan-Dutch) the protagonist is one such example who came to Mumbai (India) in 2006 to study acting at Anupam Kher’s Acting School ‘Actors’ and auditioned for roles in leading Bollywood movies. Though he landed up roles by cracking auditions and hard work but for not having work permit visa, no earning, savings running out and other obstacles he had to miss those chances and return back. I wanted to tell one such story which was inspirational and I added it up with callings in life and to complete a full circle with cause and effect, I added elements of failure and eventually success to give hope. I used Shoaib’s character in my storytelling as a fresh narrative- who I knew personally and spent time in Mumbai but to be able to make this as a film I had to seek help of fiction and fabricate with another character which is played by actor Chandan Roy Sanyal who happens to be a noted Bollywood actor and to add the realization of dreams into reality I brought in my narrative a character of an accomplished Bollywood filmmaker played by Padamshri Madhur Bhandarkar (as himself) giving chance to someone who almost gave up on his dreams. This for me is feeling of coming Home. “Home is where heart is” and not a place where we live.