Bagheera

A Film by Christopher R. Watson

Synopsis

Set on the unruly outskirts of Mumbai, Bagheera is the determined leader of an Indian Girl Scout troop, teaching her girls everything from first aid to snake handling. After a troop meeting one evening, Bagheera is abducted by a brutal assailant, Kaka (Uncle). He drives her to a run-down dairy, dumps her in an electrified cage and a twisted psychological battle ensues. However, Bagheera is named after the Black Panther of Rudyard Kipling’s Jungle Book and when the Empress of the Jungle is forced to take out her claws, things don’t go well for her opponents. Using her scouting skills, Bagheera outwits Kaka and exacts a scorching retribution. Highlighting the vulnerability of women in societies across the world, Bagheera reminds us that bravery and resourcefulness are powerful tools.

Director

  • Picture of Christopher R. Watson © Tré Shouldered

    Christopher R. Watson

    Christopher is a writer/director who has been living in Mumbai, India, for most of the last five years. As Indian cinema is experiencing an extraordinary new wave of independent storytelling, Chris is focussed on developing films that will contribute to this movement. He is fascinated by contemporary Indian culture, seeing it as a unique lens for exploring global issues, and has developed three feature length films in Hindi language. These productions are designed to find resonance with both Indian and International audiences. Christopher has also directed numerous commercial productions. These include TV Commercials, corporate communications, music videos, short films and Feature Film Productions. www.chrisrwatson.com

Awards + Festivals

  • *AUDIENCE AWARD BEST SHORT FILM* *GRAND JURY AWARD* *HONORABLE MENTION BEST SHORT FILM*
    42nd Cleveland IFF (Official Selection, Cleveland, OH, USA) April 4, 2018
  • *GRAND JURY AWARD* *BEST SHORT FILM*
    RICHMOND IFF (Official Selection, Richmond, Virginia, USA)
  • *AUDIENCE AWARD BSF*
    PITTSBURGH IFF (Official Selection, Pittsburgh, USA)
  • *WINNER: BEST SHORT FILM, BEST ACTRESS: Preeti Choudhury* *NOMINATION: BEST ACTOR, Rajesh Balwani, BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY: Anu Moothedath*
    MOONWHITE FILMS IFF (Official Selection, Mumbai, India)
  • *NOMINATION: BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE SCREENPLAY, BEST DIRECTOR: Christopher R Watson, BEST ACTRESS: Preeti Choudhury*
    LONDON INT'L FILMMAKER FESTIVAL OF WORLD CINEMA (Official Selection, London, UK)
  • *WINNER: BEST ACTOR: Rajesh Balwani* *NOMINATION: BEST SHORT FILM, BEST DIRECTOR*
    INDIA IFF OF BOSTON (Official Selection, Boston, USA)
  • *WINNER: BEST SHORT FILM*
    7th DELHI IFF (Offcial Selection, New Delhi, India)
  • NYC INDEPENDANT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, New York City, USA)
  • 3rd THE BLACK SEA FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Constanta, Romania)
  • BUNTER HUND INT'L KURZFILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Munich, Germany)
  • SMITA PATEL DOC AND SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Pune, India)
  • 7th th DUBLIN INT'L SHORT FILM AND MUSIC FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Dublin, Ireland)
  • 4th SHIMLA IFF (Offcial Selection, Shimla, India)
  • BRNO INT'L SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Brno, Czech Republic)
  • 3rd CORONADO ISLAND FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Coronado, USA)
  • 11th JAIPUR IFF (Official Selection, Jaipur, India)January 8, 2018
  • *BEST SHORT FILM*
    TALLY SHORTS FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Tallahasse, Florida, USA)
  • *WINNER: BEST DRAMA*
    DAM SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Nevada, USA)
  • *WINNER: BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE SHORT FILM*
    21st BARE BONES IFF (Official Selection, Muskogee, OK, USA)
  • *WINNER: BEST FILM NOIR SHORT*
    INDEPENDANT SHORTS AWARDS (Official Selection, Los Angeles, CA, USA)
  • 14th BELOIT IFF (Official Selection, Beloit, WI, USA)
  • DUBLIN IFF (Official Selection, Dublin, Ireland)
  • 17th DHAKA IFF (Official Selection, Dhaka, Bangladesh)January 10, 2019
  • NEW GENERATIONS INDEPENDANT INDIAN IFF (Official Selection, Frankfurt, Germany)
  • SPEECHLESS FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Bethany, Minnesota, USA)
  • 7th CLUJ SFF (Official Selection, Cluj, Romania)
  • 20th LANDSHUTER KURZFILMFESTIVAL (Official Selection, Landshut, Germany)
  • THE INDY FILM FEST (Offical Selection, Indiana, USA)
  • 23rd FLICKERS RHODE ISLAND INT'L FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Providence, USA)
  • 13th RIVER FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Padova, Italy)
  • COLUMBUS INT'L FILM AND ANIMATION FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Columbus, USA)April 12, 2019
  • 2nd RAINBOW FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, London, UK)
  • 7th MUMBAI SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Mumbai, India)
  • 18th NICKEL INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Newfoundland & Labrador, Canada)June 20, 2019
  • 16th INDISCHES FILM FESTIVAL STUTTGART (Official Selection, Stuttgart, Germany)July 17, 2019
  • *BEST FILM*
    8th KOLKATA SHORTS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Kolkata, India)July 21, 2019
  • 16th INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL JAIPUR (Official Selection, Jaipur, India)August 26, 2019
  • 8th WASTELAND FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Outside of California City, CA, USA)September 26, 2019
  • 5th VÄSTERÅS FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Västerås, Sweden)October 4, 2019
  • PHOENIX FEARCON (Official Selection, Phoenix, AZ, USA)October 18, 2019

Trailer

Crew

Director
Christopher R. Watson
Screenplay
Christopher R. Watson
Producer
Christopher R. Watson, Sakar Raut
Director of Photography
Anu Moothedath
Art Direction
Pooja Gadge
Costume Design
Sneha and Reshu
Sound
Michael Powell
Editor
Neil Edwards
Sound Design
Michael Powell
Music
Kira McCaig, Bernie Gardener

Cast

Bagheera
Preeti Choudhury
Kaka (Uncle)
Rajesh Balwani

Details

Running Time
18:33 min
Shooting Format
6K Red Dragon
Screening Format
DCP, BluRay, DVD, .mov, mp4 (HD)
Aspect Ratio
1:1.85
Sound
Stereo, 5.1

Contact

FILM FESTIVAL AGENCY

Markus Kaatsch
aug&ohr medien
Riemannstr. 21
10961 Berlin, Germany

+49 (0)30 61620068

film@augohr.de
www.augohr.de

PRODUCER / DIRECTOR

Christopher R. Watson
11 Sandra Way
Rossmoyne Western Australia 6148

+91 998 708 4686 (India & WhatsApp)
+61 8 94572008 (Australia)
+447890560000 (UK)

chris@chrisRwatson.com