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Don't try any of this at home! Advertized as "The Great Indian LSD Trip", Om 
Dar-B-Dar is the curious case of a film that has been praised as both the least 
Indian and the most Indian movie you will ever see: the only film that has ever 
succeeded to capture the true essence of Indian mythology, and the only one 
that has ever dared to make an absurd, blasphemous, psychedelic mess of it.
Of those who have attempted to retrace the long and winding journey along the  
lines of its plot, only few have returned with a proper synopsis. Most of them 
tend to agree that we are following the story of a schoolboy named Om who grows 
up in a small town in Rajasthan, and many will acknowledge the recurring 
appearances of bicycles, frogs and diamonds, even though not necessarily in any 
particular order. But while some are going to point out the rather peculiar 
prominence of certain chemical substances, most notably nitrogen, helium and 
potassium cyanide, others will insist that the film draws a secret connection 
between the moon landing, birth control and jihadi pollywogs (sic). A few 
scholars are even making the claim that the many spiritual dimensions of the 
story are fully contained within a single toothpaste commercial, whose inclusion
in the film should be surprising enough on its own. In addition, there have 
been reports of gunshots around the one-hour mark, followed by fireworks and/or 
explosions. Also, Om dies, kind of... but that's about it. Kamal Swaroop's film 
is undoubtedly the weirdest assortment of footage anyone has ever managed to 
sneak past the Indian film censorship board, and it remains, to this day, one 
of our favorite entries in the entire history of Indian cinema - including the 
rather obvious nominations for best screenplay and absolutely best soundtrack.


                                                                       August 26
                                                                       from 9 pm

                                                                    Om Dar-B-Dar
                                                                   Kamal Swaroop
                                                                   1988, 101 min


                                                                      + Vorfilme
                                                                     + Nachfilme
                                                                           + Bar

                                                            Pirate Cinema Berlin
                                                                U Kottbusser Tor
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