At the beginning of Sunrise, we are told that over 60,000 children go missing in India every year, and it is the country’s well-documented struggle with violence against women and children that is at the heart of Partho Sen-Gupta’s latest, a surreal and haunting procedural.
The film begins with the police department’s social services inspector Lakshman Joshi (Adil Hussain) in a frantic search on the dark, winding backstreets of Mumbai for his missing daughter Aruna (…). Joshi trolls the city’s perpetually rain soaked dark side with an almost jaded attitude. Two cases that occupy his time at work are one involving a battered 16-year-old boy, Babu (Chinmay Kambli) (…), and another surrounding a little girl who has also gone missing. At home he does his best to deal with his traumatized wife, Leela (Tannishtha Chatterjee).
[W]riter-director Sen-Gupta […] toggles back and forth between Joshi’s daily, grim routine and his imagination, using evocative rust-hued photography by Jean-Marc Ferriere to blur the line between the two. What is real and what is not is often obfuscated, ultimately making neither wholly reliable.
Elizabeth Kerr, The Hollywood Reporter