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Synopsis

A man and a woman lay side by side in bed. Who are they and how do they know each other? There is no one clear answer and that’s what makes this story interesting.

"Hello Arsi" is a movie that shouldn’t work and yet it does. Most of the action takes place in a car, that same man and woman are driving and talking. Talking about everything and nothing. They tell each other stories about themselves and stories of a time when that road they are currently driving on didn’t even exist. All of us are a collection of untold stories. However it gets a lot more complicated when they start talking about their feelings. "Hello Arsi" is a fascinating and tender contemplation on what it means to be a woman, the nature of relationships, and life in general.

Filmed in Odia language, this is writer-director Sambit Mohanty’s first and unfortunately also last film (he died suddenly during post-production in 2017). You can sense a longing here for a simpler time and a yearning to find each other in a situation where advancements in technology have isolated us more and more. We often hear the sounds of nature throughout this movie, but we rarely see any nature. Where once was a forest, now stands a factory and rows upon rows of new roads.

Liisi Rohumäe

Director
Sambit Mohanti

(1962-2017) was a graduate from BJB College Bhubaneswar and FTII in Pune. Mohanty got involved in the film society movement and served as a visiting faculty at various institutions. Completing his first feature film ''Hello Arsi'' Mohanty had a sudden demise in February 2017. 

Filmography
  • Hello Arsi (2018)
Wed, 28.11.2018
9:00 pm
Tallinn, 
Kino Sõprus
130905
Subtitles: 
EST, ENG
Screening code: 130905
Movie guests
Producer Ajaya Routray
Thu, 29.11.2018
5:00 pm
Tartu, 
Cinamon
Hall 4
141701
Subtitles: 
EST, ENG
Screening code: 141701
Sat, 01.12.2018
9:15 pm
Tallinn, 
Coca-Cola Plaza
Hall 3
160309
Subtitles: 
EST, ENG
Screening code: 160309
Screenings with guests might end later than expected.
Film info
Country: India
Year: 2018
Duration: 97 minutes
Language: Hindi
Director: Sambit Mohanti
Producer: Ajaya Routray
Writer: Sambit Mohanty
DOP: Prasantanu Mohapatra
Montage: Sibaprasad Mohanty
Composer: Mitrabhanu Mohanty
Cast: Prakruti Mishra, Parthasarathi Ray, Priyambada Ray 
Production: Vedamata Productions
Synopsis

A man and a woman lay side by side in bed. Who are they and how do they know each other? There is no one clear answer and that’s what makes this story interesting.

"Hello Arsi" is a movie that shouldn’t work and yet it does. Most of the action takes place in a car, that same man and woman are driving and talking. Talking about everything and nothing. They tell each other stories about themselves and stories of a time when that road they are currently driving on didn’t even exist. All of us are a collection of untold stories. However it gets a lot more complicated when they start talking about their feelings. "Hello Arsi" is a fascinating and tender contemplation on what it means to be a woman, the nature of relationships, and life in general.

Filmed in Odia language, this is writer-director Sambit Mohanty’s first and unfortunately also last film (he died suddenly during post-production in 2017). You can sense a longing here for a simpler time and a yearning to find each other in a situation where advancements in technology have isolated us more and more. We often hear the sounds of nature throughout this movie, but we rarely see any nature. Where once was a forest, now stands a factory and rows upon rows of new roads.

Liisi Rohumäe

Director
Sambit Mohanti

(1962-2017) was a graduate from BJB College Bhubaneswar and FTII in Pune. Mohanty got involved in the film society movement and served as a visiting faculty at various institutions. Completing his first feature film ''Hello Arsi'' Mohanty had a sudden demise in February 2017. 

Filmography
  • Hello Arsi (2018)