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English, August (1994)

Agasyta, an urban bengali who seamlessly shuttles between Ella Fitzgerald and Rabindra Sangeet, joins the Indian administration service and gets posted in the lap of India's hinterland - a ... See full synopsis »


Dev Benegal
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Credited cast:
Tanvi Azmi ... Malti Srivastava
Rahul Bose ... Agastya Sen
Shivaji Satam ... Sathe
Virendra Saxena ... Laxman Shankar (as Veerendra Saxena)
Salim Shah Salim Shah ... Ravi Srivastava
Uttam Sirur Uttam Sirur ... Laxman Shankar's brother
Yogendra Tiku Yogendra Tiku ... Kumar (as Yogendra Tikku)
Mita Vasisht ... Sita Avery


Agasyta, an urban bengali who seamlessly shuttles between Ella Fitzgerald and Rabindra Sangeet, joins the Indian administration service and gets posted in the lap of India's hinterland - a dingy little town called Madna. The movie journeys Agasya's , or August for his uber friends, sense of dislocation as he meanders around a district collector (his boss) and his sweaty sensous wife, corrupt but amecable policemen, earthy neighbours, a despicable guest-house caretaker with a shawl of identical kids, a cartoonist and a distant college friend who becomes his closest partner in crime. While the administrative service offers August a brief and intrense insight into the (un)workings of the great government machinery, the solitude and loneliness of being an intellectual island in a sea of foreigners compels him to take refuge in soft drugs and perverse hallucinations. Loyal to the novel of the same name by Upamanyu Chatterjee, English August is about the inherent impatience and isolation of...

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16 September 1994 (Canada) See more »

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Agastya, der Engländer See more »

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Dev Benegal has directed two movies, Road, Movie (2009) and English, August (1994), with commas in the title. See more »

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Truly unique
21 January 2007 | by ronita-bhattacharyaSee all my reviews

It is a superb rendition of Upamanyu Chatterjee's novel. I would suggest that you read the novel as well to get full flavor of this movie. Englist August is not for the weak at heart though. English August presents a bold humor for the unaffected at heart. The dry acerbic humor is truly infectious. One of the smartest and wittiest movies Ihave ever watched. It has a crisp cinematography and perfectly proportioned dialog. It's truly a unique and refreshing movie. Rahul Bose manifests his multifaceted promising career in English August. He is an amazing actor and he is supported by some of the best that the Indian movie industry has to offer. You would want to be Agastya Sen and share his experience in the middle of no-where called Madna. Would crack apart yet identify with Agastya's random thoughts and his unique spur of the moment lies and empathize with educated urban individual's existential angst. There is a little bit of Agastya Sen in all of us which becomes evident only when bare our souls, even if only to ourselves in our most vulnerable moments. The true connoisseur would want to watch it over and over again.

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