Beginning on Tuesday, May 18, Cinema Art Bethesda will stream the Indian film, RK/RKAY. The stream will be available until noon Sunday, May 23. There will be an $8.00 charge to watch the film. At noon on that Sunday, there will be a post-film discussion moderated by Adam Spector via Zoom.

The film is 95 minutes long and in Hindi with English subtitles. It will be released May 14, 2021 so we will be among the first to offer it!

***Bonus: In addition, the US distributor (Outsider Pictures) of RK/RKAY has set up a Zoom Q&A with Director-Writer-Actor Rajat Kapoor and main actress Mallika Sherawat on Sunday, May16th at 7pm EST/4pm PST. The link to register for the Zoom Q&A is as follows: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_-MdyyKzoQ1KsG1XLi-0KNg

Viewing the Film

There is an $8 charge to view the film.

To view the film

On or after May 18, click the following link (or copy and paste it into your browser’s address bar)
Follow the directions to sign in or sign up and pay for the film. You will have 72 hours to view the film after paying for it.

Film Discussion 

A post-film discussion moderated by Adam Spector will take place via Zoom at noon Sunday, May 23.  To join the Zoom meeting on your computer, click the following link or copy and paste it into your browser’s address bar.


If you are asked for a Meeting ID, use: 995 2331 3844
If you are asked for a Passcode, use: 226832
To join by phone dial by your location:

  • +1 301 715 8592 US (Washington DC)
  • +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)
  • +1 929 205 6099 US (New York)
  • +1 253 215 8782 US (Tacoma)
  •  +1 346 248 7799 US (Houston)
  •  +1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose)

Meeting ID: 995 2331 3844
Passcode: 226832

If your local number is not on the list, find it here: https://zoom.us/u/au3eCQBzz


Screenshot from RK/RKAY

RK is a filmmaker, making a new picture in which he also plays the lead character of Mahboob. With a high-maintenance actress as the female lead Gulabo, the film-within-a film is a retro tribute to the cinema of the 1960s. When shooting is finished, and the editing begins, RK has a sinking feeling that the film is not going to come together, that this time he has really screwed up. Sure enough, one afternoon RK gets a call from the editing room – something terrible has happened. Mahboob has “run away, run out of the film” and somehow has entered the real world.

Mahboob is fleeing from the film’s cartoonish killers when RK finds him (with the actor embodying both seamlessly in the same absurdist scenes) and brings him home to his wife and kids (who were hoping for Johnny Depp). Mahboob has no idea where he is from, or that he is any different from people around him. The many layers of the story – the multiple characters, unresolved plot lines, magical realism, and people in search of their destiny – all converge in this playful tale.

(Text adapted from distributor’s website)