“Good Guy, Bad Guy” is a documentation of a young man’s negotiation with the teeming metropolis of modern day Bengaluru. Rendered with extraordinary humanity and integrity, it layers the story of Zakhir, a gentle runaway who makes his living as a rag picker.
Zakhir has caught the imagination of Indu Krishnan, a film-maker who encounters Zakhir feeding the feral monkeys in Cubbon park with a touching tenderness. It is not right to cage animals, he says at one point. When the young man disappears she searches for him. The search is driven not just by concern, but also by a self-stated desire to finish the film. This honesty of approach is evident throughout the documentary lifting it from Herzogian voyeurism to a vibrant engagement with humanity.
Through their many conversations, Indu discovers that Zakhir dreams of making his own blockbuster about a demon-slaying foster mother of orphans. Following Indu and Zakhir through the mad colour and bizarre social schisms of the city as they participate in each other’s film-making dreams, the film explores the wild underground life of the city and the nature of the runaway through the gentle, expressive, and ever-hopeful spirit of Zakhir.
Indu Krishnan has a BA in psychology from Delhi University; took courses at Parsons School of Design and has an MA in Media Studies from the New School for Social Research in New York. She has received grants from the Rockefeller Intercultural Fellowship, the National Endowment of the Arts, ITVS, and the New York State Council on the Arts. She has commercially and currently independently produces documentaries. She divides time between Bengaluru and San Francisco.