Directed by Neeraj Ghaywan
Produced by Drishyam Films
Macassar Productions,Sikhya Entertainment
Written by Neeraj Ghaywan,Varun Grover
Starring Richa Chadda,Vicky Kaushal
Sanjay Mishra,Shweta Tripathi
Synoposis:Set in present day Banaras, the plot of Masaan follows two seemingly separate story arcs that eventually converge.
The first of these tells the story of Devi. The film opens with her and her fellow student, Piyush, checking into a hotel room. They are interrupted when the police bursts in, accusing them of indulging in “indecent behaviour”. As the inspector records barely clad Devi on his mobile phone, the boy locks himself in bathroom and commits suicide. Devi and her family are subjected to blackmail by the police, particularly one Inspector Mishra, who demands a hefty bribe from Vidyadhar Pathak, Devi’s father. While he struggles to fulfill his demand, she responds in a dignified manner to the ‘stigma’ forced on her switching jobs. She eventually gets a government job in railways in banaras. Marred by the parochial mindset of people she leaves banaras and joins a course in Allahabad..
The second narrative concerns Deepak, a young boy (also from Banaras) from a low-caste corpse burners family working at the Burning ghat with funeral pyres.