Counterfeit Kunkoo

 Film Block: V     Cinema:  LAB 1        Date:  04.03.18              Time: 11.30-12.45 PM

Counterfeit Kunkoo

Director: Reema Sengupta

Country: India 

Runtime: 15 mins

Genre:  Drama / Social Realism / Women / Dutch premiere


In a city overflowing with buildings and slums, Smita must find herself a house to rent. She is hard-working, honest and respectful – the ideal tenant – except for one glaring flaw. She is a middle-class Indian woman without a husband. An intimate pe name.

Rated: PG

Q&A with director Reema Sengupta after this block




Counterfeit Kunkoo has been a very personal journey for filmmaker Reema Sengupta. Her mother, an educated independent middle-aged woman, was once forced to look for accommodation after a marriage break-up and rejected as a tenant from many letting agents because she wasn’t going to be living with her husband. Women even in one of the most progressive cities in India, seem to need a husband, no matter how abusive he is, for the world to believe they are ‘respectable women’.

Counterfeit Kunkoo is an exploration of the idiosyncrasies that come with being a single woman, the battles one must fight and whether winning or losing those battles matters at all. It premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, and soon afterward at the Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival.