Chauthi Koot (Punjabi: ਚੌਥੀ ਕੂਟ The Fourth Direction) is a 2015 Indian film in Punjabi language directed by Gurvinder Singh. It is based on the short stories The Fourth Direction and I Am Feeling Fine Now from Indian author Waryam Singh Sandhu’s 2005 collection Chauthi Koot. The film is produced by Kartikeya Narayan Singh and is set during the Sikh separatist movement of the 1980s.
It was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival. It won the Singapore International Film Festival Silver Screen Award for Best Asian Feature Film in December 2015.
The film was shot mostly around Amritsar and Ferozepur in Punjab.
The film plot synthesises two different stories set in a post-Operation-Blue-Star Punjab in the ‘80s. Fear and paranoia pervaded the atmosphere as general public was caught between excesses of both Khalistani terrorists and the security forces fighting them. The first story is about a militant diktat in Punjab that prohibited family-owned dogs from barking and the other is about two Hindu friends travelling to Amritsar in a nearly empty train. The plot makes the two stories into one by making one of the friends travelling in the train recounting the first story.