In this Khasi language film, Shillong is as much a mystery as the whodunit in the story.
The dictionary definition of “flaneur” is someone who walks around not doing anything in particular but watching people and society. The Shillong-based Shem (Adil Hussain) is seemingly a private investigator, but he is the flaneur of the title. In an early scene, he is seen gambling at a funeral. As Esther (Dawiat Syiem) passes them, Shem and his friends ask her for tea and snacks. Later, Shem says, in a voiceover we will hear throughout the film, “I went back home penniless that night but I must admit it was the best cup of tea I’ve ever had in a funeral house.” He spends a lot of time at a local eatery, observing three young men. One stormy day, he says, “A terrible storm broke out that afternoon. Great lashings of lightning split the sky.”
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