Overview for In Which Annie Gives it Those Ones: The Original Screenplay
In 1988, Arundhati Roy wrote the story and screenplay for In Which Annie Gives it Those Ones, a low-budget production produced and directed by Pradip Krishen. The film had almost no big names, and was shown just once on national television in a late-night slot, when few people saw it. Despite this it acquired near cult status, especially among young English-speaking urban Indians. Set in a not-so-fictional school of Architecture in the year 1974, it is the story of dope-smoking, bellbottom-wearing, vaguely idealistic final-year students in the run up to the submission of their architectural theses. The main character, Annieâ€”Anand Groverâ€”doing his ninth year in college, is a misguided visionary who breeds chickens in his hostel room and is in love with a small-time cabaret dancer. There are also Radha, a bright, brash and not-so-sweet young thing, and her boyfriend Arjun; Mankind, and his Ugandan roommate Kasozi, who grinds his teeth when he dreams of Idi Amin; Lekha, who doesn't hesitate to trade coyness for marks; and Professor Y.D. Bilimoria, whom the students call Yamdootâ€”the messenger of the God of Death. Also a character in the film, perhaps the most important, is English as she is spoken by students in Delhi Universityâ€”â€˜an alloy, melted down and then re-fashioned, soldered together with Hindi (occasionally even a little Punjabi).â€™ The screenplay of this moving, funny and unusual film is published here for the first time. Over thirty stills. A witty, nostalgic preface in which Arundhati Roy writes about the making of the film, its relevance today and its significance in the development of her art and her politics.
Arundhati Roy (Author)
Arundhati Roy is the author of The God of Small Things, which won the Booker Prize in 1997. Two volumes of her non-fiction writing, The Algebra of Infinite Justice and An Ordinary Person's Guide to Empire, were published by Penguin India in 2001 and 2005 respectively. She lives in New Delhi.