Leather shoes, suit, tie, combed hair and a freshly-shaven face: Ranjit Mallick needs to make a good impression for his job interview at an Indian-British company. Yet, with his suit stuck at a dry cleaners which is on strike, he begins a frantic hunt for a new one. Mrinal Sen's politically charged comedy combines documentary images of the everyday, slapstick, newsreel footage, experimental montage, photographic collage, jump cuts and zooms. Several times, the film breaks the fourth wall and addresses the audience directly: Why do you really need a suit to have a chance of getting a job? With creative use of a wide variety of cinematic techniques, Interview is a raging critique of the adoption of status symbols from the former British colonial masters.
Kunal Sen studied Physics, then switched to Computer Science and obtained his Ph.D. in Artificial Intelligence from the University of Illinois. He worked as a scientist in a medical research lab, wrote technical text books, and then joined Encyclopaedia Britannica. Currently he is the Global Chief Information Officer for this group, which includes Britannica and Merriam-Webster. He also have an active art practice and works in various mediums, including electronic kinetic art.
Promona Sengupta is an academic, an activist and a curator currently finishing her PhD at the International Research Center Interweaving Performance Cultures at FU Berlin. She co-founded Mo’Halla, a pop-up space for progressive art, culture and politics, based in Berlin. She has worked as a curator for Khoj International Artists’ Association in New Delhi and on various international exhibitions throughout Asia.