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English, August

(A) (1994)

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1994 (India)
1994 (Worldwide)

English, August Story

English, August is Indian film. Agatsya Sen (Rahul Bose), nicknamed "English, August", speaks and thinks in English. A lover of poetry, he listens to Bob Dylan, Miles Davis, rock  and jazz and reads Marcus Aurelius.

He is also an Administrative Service Officer, a member of the most influential and powerful cadre of civil servants in India. He is sent off for a year's training to Madna, the hottest town in the country.

Culture shock and a language barrier in his own country follows (August's mother tongue is Bengali). He feels like a foreigner, but must survive. Moreover, August is surrounded by wild characters : Srivastava, the pompous head bureaucrat and his wife Malti, the fashion and cultural leader of the town ; Sathe, a local pothead and cartoonist; Kumar, the Police Superintendent and connoisseur of porn films ; and Vasant, the world's worst cook.

August negotiates this provincial creek with the only paddle he can find; Fantasy, daydreams and "self-abuse" become his means of revolt and escape as he escapes from the heat into the mystery and quiet of his secret world of erotic fantasy and contemplation.

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