Shankar's Fairies


The Main 5 Sun, May 8, 2022 12:00 PM
The Main 5 Tue, May 10, 2022 1:50 PM
Ticket Prices
General Public:$15.00 (+$2 online fee)
Members:$10.00 (no online fee)
Student:$8.00 (box office only)
Film Info
Festival Programs:Asian Frontiers
Women & Film
Historical Drama
Women Directors
Family Drama
Family Friendly
Asian Interest
True Story
Release Year:2021
Runtime:93 min
Print Source:Asian Shadows
Director:Irfana Majumdar
Producer:Nita Kumar
Irfana Majumdar
Gaurav Saini
Cinematographer:Sunny Banerjee
Screenwriter:Nita Kumar
Editor:Tanushree Das
Principal Cast:Jaihind Kumar
Shreeja Mishra
Gaurav Saini
Irfana Majumdar
Adwik Mathu


In 1962 India, Shankar is a dutiful butler in the home of a senior police officer, adored by his employer’s daughter, Anjana. Despite his status, his life is seemingly one of comfort, responsibility and even love. But when his own child falls ill, Shankar’s responsibility to his family and his employer collide in Irfana Majumdar’s feature debut.

Taken from her own childhood memories, Majumdar’s film is written and produced by her mother, Nita Kumar; stars Majumdar’s husband, Gaurav Saini; and was shot in the family home where she grew up. The result is a critical, yet warm, account of a family’s struggle to work and thrive in a discriminatory system while still maintaining their dignity and love for one another. ”[A]n excellent movie that manages to be both personal and universal.” —Panos Kotzathanasis, Asian Movie Pulse

Director Biography

Irfana Majumdar

When she’s not planting nearly 10,000 trees on her property in Varanasi, director Irfana Majumdar works with her favorite collaborators—her mother, Nita Kumar, and husband, Gaurav Saini. She is the founding artistic director of the NIRMAN Theatre & Film Studio in Varanasi, India. Shankar’s Fairies (2021) is her debut feature.