92 minutes

Set in bureaucratic Lutyens’ Delhi and ancient exotic Jaisalmer, Chai Pani etc. is a bittersweet coming of age story, of earnest US returned filmmaker, Satya.

Special Jury Award, International Independent film festival, Brussels, Belgium.

Competition Quintessence, Ouidah, Benin, Jan 2010.
Competition MIAAC, New York, USA – Nov 2008.
Competition International film festival Brussels, Belgium – Nov 2007
Competition Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival, USA – Oct 2005
Competition Montreal World film festival – Aug 2005
Competition MAMI, Mumbai – Jan 2005
Special Projection International Film Festival of India, Goa – Dec 2004

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While subtle intense newbie, Zafar Karachiwala, as the idealistic Satya, struggles against official sloth, hypocrisy, corruption, and censorship, Konkona Sen ( National Award – Best Actress) brilliantly plays the two modern women who battle for his heart: the fun loving, ambitious fashion designer Radha and the elegant, sensitive Shanti, who works in a charity.

Adding to the chaos, is hilarious Sinia Duggal as Satya’s pushy aunt, who tries to trap him into a traditional marriage and hysterically funny Gaurav Kapur, as Satya’s cynical friend, who lives by the perverted rules of networks of power and patronage.


An entertaining comedy, it pulls its punches at contemporary Indian life with truth and Irony” Subhash K. Jha – Financial World

Don’t just watch it, feel it and understand it. Hari Govind Nair – The Statesman

“ A Light hearted comment on the system” Meenakshi Kumar – Hindustan Times

“Chai Pani etc does not offer any easy solutions” Priyanka Gill – Tehelka

“It comes with dollops of good-natured, understated humour” Zia Us Salam -The Hindu