Name of the film Welcome Valentine 2017

Directed by Dhruv Satija

Cinematography Shreyas Dasharathe & Pramati Anand

EditingDhruv Satija

Year 2017

CountryIndia

Duration16 min 43 sec

LanguageHindi, Gujarati (with Eng subtitles)

About the film

The film explores the ideas of love, politics and Hindu religion in contemporary Ahmedabad, Gujarat through a priest who has been marrying off eloping couples in a Hanuman Temple. Not just eloping couples but also people from the LGBT community. Hirabhai Juguji (the priest) approaches love, marriage, politics and religion with not just extreme simplicity but also extreme depth. His beliefs are very unusual compared to the orthodox and conservative beliefs priests are known to have in India and one is left wondering about ones own convictions. It is at his temple that the very complex ideas of love, religion and politics crisscross and contrast and turn into something wonderful.

Director Biography

Dhruv Satija is a film direction graduate from the National Institute of Design. Dhruv has seven short films to his credit, three fiction films and three documentaries. His documentary Welcome Valentine 2017 has been received very well at festivals in India and abroad. His experience prior to direction includes working as the art director on the feature film Moh Maya Money and as an assistant director on Time Out. He has also been a part of three award winning Discovery Channel TV documentaries as a production manager. Dhruv is keen on experimenting with Video Art and really enjoys writing and making slice of life cinema.