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Monkey Man

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In a forest village in India, Kid lives with his mother Neela and is inspired by the tales of Hanuman that she regales him with. Baba Shakti, a ruthless spiritual guru in the nearby city of Yatana, sends Rana Singh, the corrupt police chief, to evict the villagers and acquire their land. The village is massacred, but Neela is able to hide Kid before Rana kills her and sets her body on fire. Kid's futile attempts to save her leave his hands terribly burned and scarred.

Years later, Kid earns a meek living in Yatana as a monkey-masked fighter at Tiger's Temple, an underground boxing club, where he is incentivised to lose. He intends to exact revenge on Baba, now an influential political figure, and Rana, who frequents Kings, a luxury brothel run by Queenie Kapoor. He obtains a job in the kitchen, where he uses the alias "Bobby" from a cleaning product and befriends Alphonso, a gangster working for Queenie. Kid helps Alphonso win a large bet on a bout at Tiger's Temple in exchange for promotion to a waiter to access the VIP floor.

He buys a gun and trains a stray dog to carry it past security. He serves Rana cocaine spiked with powdered bleach in order to confront and shoot him in the bathroom. This assassination attempt fails, forcing Kid to fight his way out of the building. Fleeing in Alphonso's supercharged auto rickshaw, he crashes and is arrested, but escapes. The chase ends when he is shot by police and falls into the river. He is rescued by Alpha, the keeper of Ardhanarishvara, a local temple whose hijra community is being targeted by Baba's growing political movement.

Learning that he is now a wanted fugitive, Kid recovers at the temple. Alpha guides him through a hallucinogenic experience in which he is able to confront the trauma of his mother's death. Now with a newfound purpose, Kid trains in combat to fight for both himself and for the marginalized. When the hijra's sanctuary is threatened, he returns to fight at Tiger's Temple, placing a large bet on himself. He emerges victorious with enough money to save Alpha's temple. During Diwali, Baba's candidate is elected and their nationalist party celebrates at Kings. Kid bleaches his monkey mask white and fights his way inside with improvised weapons, joined by Alpha and her warriors.

Queenie attempts to shoot Kid, but is killed by Sita, one of the exploited prostitutes and Kid's co-worker. Using Queenie's severed thumb to access the penthouse, Kid confronts Rana and beats him to death in a fistfight. He reaches Baba, who wounds him with blades hidden in his padukas. Kid kills Baba using the same blades against him. Having finally avenged his mother's death, Kid collapses from his injuries, reminiscing about Neela and his devotion to Hanuman.



DIRECTOR(s): Dev Patel






Dev Patel (Kid)
Pitobash (Alphonso)
Sikandar Kher (Rana Singh)
Makrand Deshpande (Baba Shakti)
Adithi Kalkunte (Neela)
Jatin Malik (Young Kid)
Sobhita Dhulipala (Sita)
Vipin Sharma (Alpha)
Ashwini Kalsekar (Queenie)
Sharlto Copley (Tiger)
Brahim Achabbakhe (King Kobra)

Zakir Hussain (Tabla Maestro)
Reva Marchellin (Yummy)
Dayangku Zyana (Priya)
Pehan Abdul (Lakshmi)
Agus Mulana (Hijra)
Fahad Scale (Pooja)
Quraish Aattamimi (Hijra)
Teddy Khannayan (Hijra)
Renren Subramany (Hijra)
Christopher Oba Warella (Hijra)

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Updated - 05/05/2024