An intelligent and playful...self-reflective take on filmmaking.



Director, writer and star, Rajat Kapoor, the "godfather" of Indian independent film (Raghu Romeo, Ankhon Dekhi), has created a charming "meta-movie" about filmmaking itself in his newest, RK/RKAY. Working in the tradition of such classics as Being John Malkovich and The Purple Rose of Cairo, with a light, markedly Indian touch, the film tells the story of a film director whose main character usurps control of the plot line, and eventually, real life.

RK is a filmmaker (played by Rajat Kapoor), making a new picture in which he also plays the lead character of Mahboob. With a high-maintenance actress as the female lead Gulabo (Mallika Sherawat), the film-within-a film is a retro tribute to the cinema of the 1960s. When shooting is finished, and the editing begins, RK has a sinking feeling that the film is not going to come together, that this time he has really screwed up. Sure enough, one afternoon RK gets a call from the editing room – something terrible has happened. Mahboob has "run away, run out of the film" and somehow has entered the real world.

Mahboob is fleeing from the film's cartoonish killers when RK finds him (with the actor embodying both seamlessly in the same absurdist scenes) and brings him home to his wife and kids (who were hoping for Johnny Depp). Mahboob has no idea where he is from, or that he is any different from people around him. The many layers of the story – the multiple characters, unresolved plot lines, magical realism, and people in search of their destiny – all converge in this playful tale.

Official selection of the Shanghai International Film Festival 2020 and the Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival 2020
Not Rated
Hindi, English
Rajat Kapoor
Rajat Kapoor
Rajat Kapoor, Mallika Sherawat
Nathaniel Muir, AIPT

RK/RKAY is a film within a film from the “godfather of Indian independent film” Rajat Kapoor. RK (played by Kapoor) is a filmmaker making a new film in which he is also the star. Once shooting is completed, RK thinks this time he will not be able to complete the film. When RK’s character Mahboob ...

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