Tales on the Road is a collection of four uniquely twisted short films conceived, written and directed by the quirky, award-winning director Prabhav Katdare. The shorts are almost completely different from one another. They have nothing in common except for the fact that their plots unfold on the road. Katdare’s fascination with hard-boiled Hollywood road films and vintage Indian pulp magazines inspired the project.

A still from Tales on the Road

A still from Tales on the Road

 

The covers of Desi pulp fiction books are really busy, depicting characters and even entire scenes from the stories. The challenge was to capture the essence of this Indian pulp style as well as the genre of each short story through illustrative typography alone. Since actual Indian pulp covers have flat type and rely primarily on illustrations of characters to suggest the genre and narrative elements, I attempted to personify the typography. I tried to bring the stories together as one film and to bring to mind the same outlandishness that one finds on the covers of the short stories available at Indian newsstands.


Covers of existing pulp publications sold in India

Covers of existing pulp publications sold in India

Story No.1 /  Hitman, The  / Drama Mystery

Story No.1 / Hitman, The / Drama Mystery

Story No.2 /    Ungli    ('finger' in Hindi)     / Suspense with a touch of gore

Story No.2 / Ungli ('finger' in Hindi) / Suspense with a touch of gore

Story No.3 /    Chudail    ('banshee' in Hindi)     / Black Comedy

Story No.3 / Chudail ('banshee' in Hindi) / Black Comedy

Story No.4 /    Sadhu    ('holy man' in Hindi)     / Surreal Romance

Story No.4 / Sadhu ('holy man' in Hindi) / Surreal Romance