Short Synopsis

Newly widowed Santosh inherits her husband’s job as a police constable in the rural badlands of Northern India. When a low caste girl is found raped and murdered, she is pulled into the investigation under the wing of charismatic feminist inspector Sharma.

In this crime story an ordinary woman moves from housewife to policewoman in one of the nation’s most corrupt forces. As she investigates, she begins to experiment with her newly found power within a web of misogyny, casteism and prejudice.


Sandhya Suri is a BAFTA-nominated British-Indian writer-director based in London. She was recently named as a Screen International Star of Tomorrow 2023. She wrapped the shoot on her debut feature SANTOSH in India earlier this year and is now in post-production. The film, which was selected for both the Sundance Screenwriters and Directors Labs, is financed by BBC Films, BFI and Arte. Mike Goodridge of Good Chaos is producing, alongside Lionfish Films and Razor.

Sandhya recently wrote an episode of new original television series BRADERI, produced by House Productions for BBC. The series was created by Riz Ahmed and Simon Beaufoy, with Simon Beaufoy showrunning and Riz Ahmed to star. She is also attached to THE CONSTANT GARDENER for Ink Factory, which Lydia Adetunji is showrunning and Shannon Murphy set to direct. She is developing original series, GOA FREAKS with Balthazar de Ganay’s Lionfish Films.

Sandhya’s first fiction short THE FIELD, won Best International Short Film at TIFF in 2018, and was BAFTA-nominated for Best Short Film in 2019. Her feature documentary I FOR INDIA premiered in the World Competition section of the Sundance Film Festival, screened at over 20 international festivals and garnered several awards before being released theatrically to critical acclaim in the UK and the US.



Shahanna Goswam
Sunita Rajwar


Main Producers: Good Chaos

Co-Producers: Razor Film Produktion, Haut et Court, Suitable Pictures

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Festival & Awards

World Premiere:

World Premiere at Cannes Film Festival 2024 in the section Un Certain Regard