Kamal Swaroop’s Om-Dar-Ba-Dar, the cult movie from 1988 that everybody has heard of but few have seen, will finally be revealed to the world on 17 January. Director’s Rare, PVR Cinemas’ alternative cinema programming slot, will release the digitally-restored version of the avant-garde movie. Om-Dar-Ba-Dar, which never made it to cinemas in India, will open at PVR multiplexes in Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore and Pune, says Shiladitya Bora, who heads Director’s Rare.

A still from the film

Om-Dar-Ba-Dar’s restoration was funded by the National Film Development Corporation of India, which had produced the film in 1988 for 10 lakh. The movie wallowed in obscurity until 2005, when it was screened at the experimental film festival Experimenta in Mumbai.

Set in Ajmer, Rajasthan, and starring Aditya Lakhia, Anita Kanwar, Lalit Tiwari and Gopi Desai, Om-Dar-Ba-Dar follows the picaresque adventures of a schoolboy named Om and his family members. The non-linear assembly of images and audio scraps from Hindi movie songs, radio jingles and advertisements combine to produce a one-of-its-kind cinematic experience, which will finally be up for view.

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