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Slamdance 2019 Review: “Tungrus” (2019) ★★★★


I don’t remember the last time I laughed as much as when I watched “Tungrus”, a documentary about the idea of having a rooster as a pet and carrying a vicious plan to eat the same rooster, because it creates hell at home. I know, some might find the entire idea absurd and ridiculous. But you know what, if it works for the Bhadre family, who we are to judge them?

The Bhadre family had an idyllic life just about six months ago. It seemed nothing was around that could bring a storm to their daily sunny life. But things take a drastic turn when the head of the family, after his visit to Bandra, where his kind and compassionate heart dictates him to buy a little chick for ten rupees. Of course, the little cute chick had no idea how blessed it is, instead of being sent to the nearest restaurant to feed some empty stomachs, it was taken to a loving family to be loved as a family member. But the soon-to-be-rooster misunderstood its role in the family and begins terrorizing the family by its over-attention, turning the life of its adopted family into hell.

If you think that people were the only one who find themselves annoyed by the hyperactive rooster, watch two cats with delicious names, Garlic and Ginger, that literally are scared of their new friend that seemingly has no idea how to be a friend. The funny part is, as you watch the film, you realize the Bhadre family did not want friends or neighbors to know about their strange pet, but thanks to rooster’s nature-call, an early morning crow quickly sent the message around, so everyone in the neighborhood gets to know they have an excellent alarm to wake up early morning with the most important functionality missing – the stop button.

It is actually interesting to watch how the rooster eats the chicken, as if it were a cannibal – a chicken that eats chicken. But overall, after thirteen minutes that you spend watching this hilarious short documentary film, it’s ending is not that joyful at all. The conversation the family has about pros and cons of eating their own chicken, a family member they have gotten so used to, will bring tears to your eyes.

In the end, “Tungrus”, directed by Rishi Chanda, offers a moral to its story, explores the choices we make and its aftermath – the moral of killing a pet or if it’s the right thing to do eating it. It’s about the family that wants to reclaim their life back. But will they be willing to meet their new life without their beloved, or rather, not so beloved rooster, is something the film will leave up to our imagination. But one thing I would like to assure you is that by making a choice of watching “Tungrus” will be one of the must successful decision you will make in your entire life. Because it’s uplifting, wicked, and so beautifully simple that even though it touches upon a heavy concept, you will feel lighter and comfortable throughout.

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