One foggy winter’s morning in a village in Punjab, India, villagers wake up to find one of its houses being demolished. An aging father joins the town’s silent protest against the landlords, while his son Melu, a rickshaw driver, is injured in a union strike in the city. At home, his mother feels humiliated and lashes out at the landlords. As the evening approaches, Melu joins his friends and they go out to drink. He ends up wandering the dark streets. As midnight approaches, gunshots are heard in the the village.
ALMS OF THE BLIND HORSE centers on Punjab's struggling classes, and their resignation, sorrow and anger after years of subordination and hardships. Slow pace, calm and composed acting, and beautifully composed frames lends this film a thoughtful and melancholic expression. Based on a novel by Gurdial Singh, ALMS OF THE BLIND HORSE is a striking account of modern life for India's perhaps most disadvantaged.