Starring: Survinder Vicky, Kanwaljit Singh, Harnek Aulakh and others.
Dir by Guvinder Singh.
The issue of militancy in Punjab has almost been forgotten, but the violence and trauma the state went through has not been adequately captured in cinema—the only films that comes to mind are Gulzar’s Maachis and Govind Nihalani’s Drohkaal. In fact, almost all films based in Punjab are about happy, singing and dancing folks—an image shattered by the recent Udta Punjab. Gurvinder Singh’s National award-winning Chauthi Koot (Fourth Direction) comes as a reminder of that tumultuous period that had long-term ramifications out of the state, like Operation Bluestar, the assassination of Indira Gandhi and the Sikh pogrom.
Chauthi Koot is set in the ’80s, with Punjab in the throes of the Khalistani separatist movement, and...