Kamal Swaroop’s Om-Dar-Ba-Dar, an avant-garde film made in 1988, is all set to hit the theatres in India on January 17, for the first time in 25 years under PVR Director’s Rare label.
The National Film Development Corporation (NFDC) digitally restored the film after which it was screened out of competition at Rome Film Festival last year.
Kamal Swaroop said, “I never thought it would see the light of the day. These are good times when with such new distribution channels, a film like this can also get a release alongside big budget Bollywood films. There was a lot of mystery around the film and that will now be over.”
The film is releasing on approximately 8-10 screens of PVR across four cities of Delhi, Mumbai, Pune and Bangalore.
Shiladitya Bora of PVR Director’s Rare said, “We are releasing Om-Dar-Ba-Dar because it is a unique cult film that everybody has heard of but very few have actually seen. Now with the digitally restored print available it’s the perfect time to bring the film back to the theatres again. There is a huge enthusiasm amongst cinephiles with the film’s release on January 17.”
Back in the 80s, this experimental film about the adventures of a boy named Om in Ajmer was a major attraction in the festival circuit and premiered at the Berlin Film Festival but never got a theatrical release in the country.