Shepherdess and The Seven Songs
Stuck between the preying eyes of the locals and a coward husband, Laila, a Bakarwal girl from Jammu and Kashmir, decides to chart a new identity for herself.
Cast & Crew
Writer & Director:
Shahnawaz Bhat – Mushtaq
Sadakkit Bijran – Tanvir
Ranjit Khajuria – Inspector
Navjot Randhawa – Laila
Mohammed Yassen – Uncle
Film Editing by:
Production Design by:
Berlinale Film Festival, 2020 – Official Selection in Encounter Section
MoMA – Film at Lincoln Center – Official Selection in New Directors New Films, 2020
Hongkong Film Festival, 2020 Silver Fire Bird Award– Official Selection in Best Director
Jeonju International Film Festival – Official Selection in Netpac Award
On his fourth festival film, including his Berlin Forum debut The Honor Keeper, which was also rooted in Rajasthani culture, Singh shows a confident hand as he works with the material on multiple levels of narrative and symbolism, keeping it interesting and in focus throughout. His greatest strength, however, is Randhawa’s powerful portrayal of the shepherdess, a role that could launch a career.
– HOLLYWOOD REPORTER
Pushpendra Singh’s Kashmir – Set Folktale, Which has its World Premier At Berlinale, Is Gorgeously Moody Poetry.
– FILM COMPANION
The Shepherdess and the Seven Songs: The Return of Lal Ded.
– LIVE MINT
The whole idea of borders is reduntant: Pushpendra Singh’s ‘Laila aur Satt Geet’.
– INDIAN EXPRESS
Laila Aur Satt Geet is a film of mesmerising beauty, that many things among, “a feminist story, a folk tale, a political commentary on Kashmir and “Me Too,” and the complicated issue of a woman’s consent”.
– MID DAY