Official Selection, Cannes Director's Forthnight 2016
“A propulsive and bloodthirsty thriller… a hip, confrontational alternative to mainstream Hindi cinema” – Wendy Ide, SCREEN DAILY
Raman is a serial killer who lives in Mumbai. One night, as he’s killing someone, he’s interrupted by Raghav, a crooked cop out buying drugs. When the latter discovers his dealer in a state of such physical disrepair, he coldly puts him out of his misery. Hidden in the shadows, Raman is fascinated by what he sees, believed to have found in Raghav his alter ego. When he learns that this is the same man who’s trying to catch him, the murderer has but one goal in mind: make Raghav discover what is hidden inside him and reveal his true nature.
Screened during the latest edition of the Quinzaine des Realisateurs, PSYCHO RAMAN is a genuine time bomb that can suddenly blow up in your face at any time. Anurag Kashyap shows us a view of India we’re not used to seeing, something he started doing began with GANGS OF WASSEYPUR. He continued to expose corruption and injustice in the amazing UGLY, but here he paints an even darker picture. While never resorting to gore or cheap horror, he gives us an extremely hard and violent film that also makes us think. Deliberately explicit, his latest feature manages to capture the social pressures gnawing away at Indian society. A killer born in the slums, penniless, helpless, who crushes his victims’ skulls with a metal bar… This monster is deftly juxtaposed with a wealthy lawman from an upper-class family who many believe to be just and virtuous, but who is in fact worse than the killer. With a smart and original script, Kashyap takes us on a memorable trip into hell. He’s assisted the immeasurably talented Nawazuddin Siddiqui, who delivers a breathtaking performance. He manages to make us experience his madness and understand his suffering, even inviting some level of empathy. All the elements are present for this striking piece of filmmaking to be one title festivalgoers won’t soon forget.
— Éric S. Boisvert