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Rati Chakravyuh | A Film By Ashish Avikunthak

In the beginning was love. In the end is Ma. We are told that at midnight during a lunar eclipse twelve newlyweds and a priestess gather in a circle after a mass wedding to talk. Rati Chakravyuh is an unfolding of their conversation spanning the history of the universe as we orbit them. They unravel the most fundamental questions about human existence, memory and trauma in an ominous tone stripped of all emotion. In their circle, they encompass the spectrum of human experience from philosophical ponderings to banal banter. They are dressed up in their wedding fineries for their wedding night, but they seem unable to move out of the circle, hypnotized by their own words. We too are but powerless voyeurs, held in rapt attention as the camera circles them relentlessly.