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The Reluctant Crime

The reluctant crime deals with lives of some nomadic folks of India named Jokhu, Gogai and Basanti who are deprived of all constitutional privileges and live in the nation without identity. In order to get better survival sources, they strive for getting ration card from the local self government bodies, but they are ignored by everyone. Being helpless to deal with their basic necessity of life, they reluctantly commit a crime that makes their lives troublesome.

  • Arvind Pratap
  • Arvind Pratap
  • Arvind Pratap
  • Monika Thakur
  • Awnish Kotnaal
  • Awnish Kotnaal
    Key Cast
  • Dharmendra Ahirwar
    Key Cast
  • Rakhi Mansha
    Key Cast
  • Manju Pandey
    Key Cast
    "Mitali "
  • Ashish Negi
    Key Cast
    "Inspector Baijnath"
  • Rakesh Jaiswal
    Key Cast
    "Clerk "
  • Rakesh Shukla
    Key Cast
  • Santosh Jaisawal
    Key Cast
    "Mobile Shop Keeper"
  • Village Head
    Key Cast
    "Dinesh Yadav"
  • Raju Sheikh
  • M. Asif
  • Dr. Altaf Ahmed
  • Richard Daniel
  • Keshuv Huria
  • Sunil Dalvi
  • Arvind Pratap
    Editing, Screenplay and Production Design
  • Abhishek Yadav
    Executive Producer
  • D. Vivek
    Costume and Sync Sound
  • Bishwadeb Banerjee
    Sound Mixing
  • D V Vivek
    Assistant in Direction
  • P Satish
    Assistant in Direction
  • Sachin Yadav
    Assistant in Direction
  • Vijay Pratap
    Assistant in Direction
  • Mahendra Pratap
    Production Assistant
  • Shiv Murat Yadav
    Production Assistant
  • Rishipal
    Production Assistant
  • Rupa
    Production Assistant
  • Jagriti
    Production Assistant
  • Md. Amir
    DI Colorist
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    1 hour 30 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    March 10, 2020
  • Production Budget:
    35,000 USD
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  • Antakya International Film Festival
    October 22, 2020
    World Premier
    Official Selection- Won Best Director Award, Best Actress Award and Best Supporting Actor Awards
  • Asian Film Festival Los Angeles
    Los Angeles
    United States
    November 15, 2020
    North America Premier
    Official Selection
  • Diorama International Film Festival
    New Delhi
    December 18, 2020
    Indian Premier
    Official Selection in Competition
Director Biography - Arvind Pratap

Arvind Pratap is a self-taught screenwriter, director, cinematographer and producer who also takes on the roles of lyricist and editor for his films. He is an avid lover of artistic world cinema. Born and raised in a small village in eastern part of Uttar Pradesh in India, He is now based in Mumbai. He is the Managing Director of Folklore Films which supports independent filmmaking in the region. He is best known for making indigenous and realistic films with Professional and non-professional actors.

Having done schooling from native village and graduation from a university of district city, he aspired to get in film school to learn the craft of film making but his family did not support idea of getting him into film making, so he had to move to Ahmedabad for post graduation in business administration. Completing MBA in marketing, he started working as marketing executive in a media company, but passion of films made him to resign in six months and brought him in the city of dreams "Mumbai" to pursue his career in field of art and creativity and tell his story to the world.

The Reluctant Crime, Arvind’s first feature film premiered at Antakya International Film Festival 2020 and bagged three awards including best director, best actress and best supporting actor. The Reluctant Crime also got selection in Asian film festival of Los Angeles, Hollywood 2020, Diorama International film festival New Delhi 2020, Lift off Global Network Pinewood UK, and Golden Wheat Award Istanbul, Impacte! Human rights film festival Catalonia, Equad! Equality and Diversity film festival United Kingdom.
Life is Suffering Death is Salvation, Arvind second feature Film had good run in different film festival worldwide. It had world priemier at Kerala International Film Festival and it won Best Feature Film at Bright light International film festival LA USA, It also got official selection at Sharjah Film Platform, Indian Film Festival of Melbourne, Ottawa Indian Film Festival.
Arvind's third Feature Film Mariam won Asian Cinema Fund For post production at Busan and had its world premier at Busan International film festival. It also got official selection at Kazan International Muslim Film Festival Russia, Asian Film Festival of Barcelona, Indie Meme Festival Austin USA, Indian Film Festival of Melbourne and Ottawa Indian Film Festival.

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Director Statement

Realism always enchants me. Since my childhood, I have been seeing nomadic tribes coming in my village and halting for couple of month and then leaving the place. I observed their life style subtly, but I never knew their actual problems and conditions unless I started writing story about them. In my wide research I came to know they are deprived of all constitutional privilege and have no identity to proof their nationality. Living in this nation for century they are still deprived of the nationality and citizenship. This fact made me moved and I was compelled to tell this story at any cost. I met some nomadic people and learned the nuances of their life and their real problems which I later incorporated in my movie. I wanted to tell the story as real as I can. Budget was my main constrain, but my passion of telling this story gave me courage to complete it in a shoestring budget. How ever I started production of The Reluctant crime and experienced that this story was destined to be told as it deserved. Many wrong decision was improved spontaneously by initial failure of making this movie. I got all the cast and crew who believed in my vision and supported me to accomplish it with any extent of hard work.

For getting authentic touch of location in film I approached many authorities of different department, I got approval for most of places but some of the requests were refused. So I shot those scenes by gorilla approach.

To make the look of movie as real as nomadic people are I decided to shoot it at the same places where these nomadic people set up their shelters and I got costumes of some real nomadic people and villagers for the main lead characters. I casted real people for characters roles. Viz. Village head in movie is a real village head. Mobile shopkeeper in movie is also a real mobile shopkeeper. Ration distributor is real ration distributor..

Being nomadic people, the main characters in movie were not having any regional language, so I kept language of movie in Hindi with touch of eastern Utter Pradesh accent.

Editing was a new world to me but having very less budget for post work I had to learn editing on youtube and finally edited the whole myself. For colour grading I was much worried. First i did it myself, but having less feature in my application I could not justify with the tone of it. So I got a professional colourist to get the tone of film as I wanted. I kept dull colour to make it more rustic and dirty look.

Overall, it was a great learning process while making this movie. This movie made me strong and gave me plenty of courage to experiment on any subject. I learnt things which are to be considered and not to considered in filmmaking. My Basic knowledge of filmmaking got a good start up.