The Man Who Feels No Pain


Film Festivals:

TIFF Midnight Madness, Mumbai Film Festival, Paris International Fantastic Film Festival, International Film Festival & Awards Macao, Glasgow Film Festival


Glasgow Film Festival- Audience Award
International Film Festival & Awards Macao- Best Film


International Film Festival & Awards Macao- Best New Young Actor
Toronto International Film Festival- People's Choice Award (Midnight Madness)



Growing up in Mumbai, director Vasan Bala’s (Peddlers) great escape was martial arts films which he would devour on rented VHS tapes. The Man Who Feels No Pain is Bala’s ode to this passion and this irresistible crowd-pleaser chronicling the story of a young man eager to transcend physical limitations scooped the Audience Award in the Midnight Madness category at this year’s Toronto Film Festival. Produced by Ronnie Screwvala, one of India’s most influential filmmakers, pic stars Abhimanyu Dassani in his film debut, Radhika Madan (Pataakha), Mahesh Manjrekar (Slumdog Millionaire) and Gulshan Devaiah (Shaitan).


Surya (Dassani) is born with a rare medical disorder called Congenital Analgesia  and he is looked after by his father and mischievous grandfather Ajoba (Manjrekar). School life is difficult for a boy who doesn’t feel pain; he is picked on by bullies and yet he finds an unlikely ally in his neighbour Supri (Madan). At home Surya binges on a whole host of martial arts films and is mesmerised by one particular movie featuring a one-legged man called Karate Mani (Devaiah). The inspiration enables Surya to strike out on a quest to vanquish his foes.





Abhimanyu Dassani, Radhika Madan, Mahesh Manjrekar

Gulshan Devaiah 

Director: Vasan Bala
Duration (min) : 134 min (tbc), Th/Ed
Version: Theatrical, Edited
Grade: PG-13
Genre: Action, Comedy
Language: Hindi
Subtitles: Chinese & English/English





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