Curiosity skyrockets with just the film’s title. It’s called Gandu (the loser) and has been directed by a man who calls himself Q. But the artiste, who knows people find his name peculiar, is clear in his craft. He never expected or planned an Indian release for his film, which has strong sexual content. Yet, news about Gandu and its immense popularity on the international festival circuit continued to grow on unofficial promotional platforms like YouTube, Facebook and by word-of-mouth. “People who wanted to watch it, but couldn’t, began getting agitated. They, in a way, were holding me responsible,” says Q. So in the same vein, though it might sound like a practical joke, he is sending the Censor Board of Film Certification a copy of Gandu in July. “I’m looking forward to meeting them after they watch it,” says Q, with a slight grin. “When you’ve made a film that deals with obvious provocation, it’s tough to expect much. I don’t. We didn’t made Gandu keeping a release in mind. I’m aware of the fact that not many will watch it. We work on this developmental art platform that doesn’t exist in India. All I’m concerned with is making content. And I will keep going to the one market I want to — Europe.”
Currently the film is finding it hard to even make an official mention in India, due to the obvious depiction of sex. Some reviews have gone the length to call it ‘pornographic’ in nature, but that doesn’t bother Q. “Sexuality is part of my whole filmmaking logic,” he says. “The audience is immediately titillated, but how you incorporate that in the structure of the narrative is what matters.”
Meanwhile, he is in the process of planning a signature campaign to prove that people have expressed an interest in watching the film. But he’s aware of how little that can do. “Even if I present 25,000 signatures, what difference will it make? Legally, there are no logistics supporting it. But it’s a psychological advantage,” says Q, who will not be accompanying his film to the Cannes Film Festival on May 14 - 15. The film is currently being touted as one of the only Indian productions to have travelled to over 25 festivals around the world, including Berlinale, in Germany.