Feast of Varanasi arrives in UK

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Rajan Patel’s debut film Feast of Varanasi provides a visual feast of holy city of India in the backdrop of a gripping suspence thriller….writes Richa Grover

A Still from Varanasi
A Still from Varanasi

Rajan Patel is a qualified architect. But his passion is not building towers but making films.   “My first passion is writing,” said Rajan. “Ever since I can remember I have been marked down for bad grammar and spelling, but equally teachers always told me, beyond that I always had a way of telling a story, of visualising things beyond the expected.”

 Talking about why the UK based Patel chose to make a film about and in Varanasi he said: “My words were English and my heart was Indian, I guess that drove me to India, to Varanasi to make this film to feed my English and Indian appetite.”
Walk like an Aghaur through London, without fear, without care and discover the film FEAST OF VARANASI in cinemas NOW.
Walk like an Aghaur through London, without fear, without care and discover the film FEAST OF VARANASI in cinemas NOW.

Rajan’s debut movie Feast of Varanasi is getting rave reviews after the release on March 11. The film has been nominated for BEST INDEPENDENT FEATURE FILM by National Film Awards along side the film Carol.  Just as the title suggests, the film provides a visual feast of the great north Indian city of Varanasi –the spiritual capital of India situated on the banks of the River Ganges.

Feast of Varanasi that had its red carpet world premiere as a part of London Asian Film Festival. The film is aimed at audiences who want to see a different kind of film shot in India, there are neither slums in the film nor bright marigold hotels. Feast of Varanasi has the potential to leave the audiences searching for more and wanting to find out more about the film’s characters and  debate the what if’s when they leave the cinema. For fans of independent cinema and of the thriller genre, the gritty and suspense-filled Feast Of Varanasi by the British debut director doesn’t disappoint.
A Still from Varanasi
A Still from Varanasi

Feast of Varanasi is no social drama, it seeks  to tell a complex and visual tale. The storyline of this gripping film revolves around multiple themes threaded together in Varanasi, a city that has many layers and histories. The underlying narrative is a tragic love story. This is tied to a spate of gruesome killings that leads the CBI to send in an analyst to Varanasi from New Delhi to investigate the case in the sub plot of the film. Besides uncovering ritual based murders,  the analyst comes across a young English teacher who’s recently arrived in the ancient city, soon after her mother’s death.

She finds more than she bargains for when she meets her aunt and suppressed emotions come to the surface. A reclusive priest who lives beyond the outskirts of Varanasi senses her pain seeks to free her from her inherent sense of guilt but there are hidden secrets in him. There are issues of caste that are addressed, certain aspects of the practices of extreme forms of sacrifice that supposedly lead to ‘moksha’ are delved into against the backdrop of the festival of holi but overall, Varanasi, the city itself, is the central character that binds all the various threads of the story.
Walk like an Aghaur through London, without fear, without care and discover the film FEAST OF VARANASI in cinemas NOW.
Walk like an Aghaur through London, without fear, without care and discover the film FEAST OF VARANASI in cinemas NOW.

Feast Of Varanasi is a tense drama, which throws up some unexpected surprises for even the most avid of thriller fans.

Patel said: ” After the release of Feast of Varanasi I am finalising the release of the novel by the same name in May this year. The novel goes beyond the film and provides a more in depth narrative and background that I hope those who will or have seen the film will enjoy. After that I am planning on working on second film in India and the release of my most ambitious work, a trilogy of books titled The Rishi Scrolls. The first of which, I hope to release for Diwali 2016 titled ‘The Rishi Scrolls – Fall of Arya’.

The film is now showing at Cineworld UK across London, Birmingham and Glasgow across  23 cinemas in total.