A film by Aravindan GOVINDA

1979 / India / 130’ / Color / status : completed

Partly mythic and partly real, a magician called Kummatty comes to entertain a group of village children with dancing, singing and magic tricks. In one such game, he changes the children into animals. One boy, changed into a dog, is chased away and misses the moment when the magician breaks the spell, restoring the children to their human form. The dog-boy has to wait until Kummatty returns.


“one of the great achievements of the Parallel Cinema. a singular kind of magical realism through the glorious accumulation of sensually photographed details and a delightful array of Méliès-esque cinematic sleights of hand.”