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Mango Mayhem

A dystopian location, a diabolique anti-hero and a freak protagonist with a bizarre obsession… Upset over the random plucking and wasting of mangoes by its orchard’s owner; a ‘fruit’ vigilante rises from a graveyard of rotting, half-eaten mangoes to settle scores with its human destroyer with some friendly birds and bees as conspirators. Silent Film melodrama is fused with Magic Realism to offer the simple pleasures of Fairy Tale justice in this musical with a Gandhian moral – “The world has enough for everyone’s need, but not enough for everyone’s greed.”

  • Piyush Roy
  • Piyush Roy
  • Chaka Dola Productions
  • Pranab Roy
    Key Cast
    "Mr Padure"
  • Rajendra Kishore Roy
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Short, Other
  • Genres:
    Fairy Tale, Experimental, Magic Realism, Musical, Environmental, Children's Film, Silent Drama, Short Story Feature
  • Runtime:
    12 minutes 30 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    July 19, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    400 USD
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Director Biography - Piyush Roy

Dr Piyush Roy is an Indian critic, author, curator, scholar and filmmaker. He has been widely published in leading Indian dailies like The Indian Express, Hindustan Times, The Times of India Crest Edition, The Asian Age, Society magazine, Screen and The Speaking Tree on themes of art, culture, film, philosophy and society. He was editor of StarWeek and the iconic Indian film magazine, Stardust. Teaching Indian cinema at UK universities and Indian media schools for over a decade, his doctorate was on ‘The Aesthetics of Emotional Acting’ (University of Edinburgh, 2017). Author of two fiction works – Never Say Never Again (2007) and Alexander – An Epic Love Story (2007); he made his non-fiction book and feature film debut in 2019 with Bollywood FAQ: All That’s Left to Know About the Greatest Film Story Never Told (Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group, USA), and the academically acclaimed documentary, Pleasures Prejudice & Pride: An Indian Way of Filmmaking. Honoured with ‘Special Mention’ for Best Critic at the 60th Indian National Film Awards (2013) by the President of India, he’s a recipient of UK’s Sir William Darling Memorial Prize (2014). He’s been on the jury of Bollywood Power Brands Awards, a judge on the Star TV Writers Program (2017/ 2019), and is the Founder-Festival Director of the Edinburgh Festival of Indian Films & Documentaries. Mango Mayhem is his first short fiction attempt exploring narration elements from the genres of experimental, musical and the fairy tale.

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Director Statement

2019 marks the 150th birth anniversary of humanitarian leader and global peace apostle, Mahatma Gandhi. Mango Mayhem, shot across two seasons (summer and monsoons) in a small village in eastern India, is a tribute to Gandhi, the environmental conservationist. Made with non-actors in real natural locations, the film attempts a local fable narration with a fairy tale twist, inspired by the Gandhian thought quote – “The world has enough for everyone’s needs, but not everyone’s greed”.