Asian Cinema Competition


Original Title : SIGNAL MAN – 1971
Director : K Shivarudraiah
Country : India
Language : Kannada
Duration : 117 minutes
Year : 2022
Asian Cinema Competition


It is December 1971. The Indo-Pak war raging along the eastern and western borders of India. There is the threatening presence of the US Navy′s Seventh Fleet deployed to the Bay of Bengal by the Nixon administration.
Young photographer Rajashekhar is looking for photo opportunities at a remote location in the scenic Western Ghats, where he meets Balu, the Signal Man.
Over the next five days unravels the story of the signal man, whose internal struggles to come to terms with his lonely life and troubled past get compounded with mounting external pressures of the war — fear of air raids, troop movements and unscheduled army supply trains at the remote station.

K Shivarudraiah


K Shivarudraiah is a well-known film director and wildlife photographer from Karnataka, India. He has made a name for himself in the Kannada film industry over the course of 22 years, and has won several awards for his work, including a gold medal for his debut film, ChaitradaChiguru, from the government of Karnataka in 1999. In 2018, his film RamanaSavari won second best film at the Karnataka State Film Awards. Shivarudraiah has also been honored with the BharathaRathnaDrBR Ambedkar lifetime Achievement Award in 2003 and the Rajyotava State Award from the government of Karnataka in 2011.


Prakash Belawadi
Venkatesh Prasad
Rajesh Nataranga


Director: K Shivarudraiah
Producer: Hindusthan Muktha Media Entertainers
Editor: Suresh Urs
Screenplay: K Shivarudraiah
Dialogues: Prakash Belawadi
DOP: Shekhar Chandru
Sound: Shreyank Nanjappa, Suresh Bagali
Music: Ouseppachan