RK/Rkay (Rajat Kapoor) India. Official Section

Rajat Kapoor
India. 2022. 95 min

RK is a filmmaker, making a new film, in which he also plays the lead character of Mahboob. It,s a quaint film, like a tribute to the cinema of the sixties. People close to him are not really sure why RK wants to make this film.

Edit begins and RK has a sinking feeling that this film is not going to come together, that this time he has really screwed up. His nightmares warn him of an impending disaster. Sure enough, one afternoon RK gets a call from the edit room- something terrible has happened. Mahboob has run away, run out of the film.
Nobody can really understand why would he leave, where would he go. But he is not there anymore in the rushes- missing from the film negative as well.

The fact is Mahboob was running away from his killers, and somehow he left the film and arrived in our world. RK finds him, brings him home– but Mahboob has no idea where he is from, or that he is any different from people around him.
Slowly, he is told. They must convince him to go back to the film, so that RK can finish his film.


Having studied film direction at FTII, Pune (from 1985 to 1988) Rajat Kapoor has been writing and directing films besides being an occasional actor. He is one of the pioneers of the ‘new independent cinema’ in India- that has inspired and motivated a lot of other filmmakers.

His directorial ventures include Raghu Romeo, Mixed doubles, Mithya, Fatso, Ankhon Dekhi, Kadakh and RK/RKAY – all of them an individual and unique voice that has found in resonance with a new kind of an audience. It’s a rigorous film making that still makes for entertaining films.

He has been awarded the national award for his films three times . He has also been deeply involved with theatre – having directed over fourteen plays, and easily moves between the two medium.