Films that will be Showcased in 2019
Dir.: Anamika Haksar
(India (Hindi) / 2018 / 122)
Synopsis: The film portrays the layers of lives lived by the people of Old Delhi — a pickpocket, a snacks vendor, a labourer-activist, and a conductor of Heritage Walks; It’s a fictional narrative stitched with truths and dreams of people. Patru, the pickpocket, takes people on a walk to show them the underbelly of the city only to end up in trouble with merchants and the police. He decides to conduct his last ‘Dream Walk’, where we discover the subterranean consciousness of the city’s migrant population. These walks create a visual and aural history of Old Delhi from different points of view.
Cast: Ravindra Sahu, Lokesh Jain, Raghubir Yadav, K. Gopalan
Dir.: Priya Krishnaswamy
(India (Tamil) / 2018 / 91)
Synopsis: Karuppasamy, a 64-year old night watchman, lives with his sister Menmozhi and her sons Veera, Mani and Murugan, in a small town in Tamil Nadu. While returning early one morning, Karuppasamy is involved in a hit-and-run accident, and breaks his hip. His taciturn son Senthil decides to take him home to their remote ancestral village, saying that a traditional bone-setter will treat his father. Instead, 8 days later, Karuppasamy is dead.
At his funeral, Veera, who has just returned from Chennai, hears something from one of the mourners that makes his blood run cold. And the burning question that faces him is – how did Karuppasamy die?
Cast: Raju, Sugumar Shanmugam, SuPa Muthukumar
Dir.: Praveen Morchhale
(India (Urdu) / 2018 / 85)
Synopsis: In a conflict ridden Kashmir, a Muslim half-widow, viz a woman whose husband who has disappeared, finds herself, her 11 year old daughter and ill mother-in-law in a crisis when she attempts to get her missing husband’s death certificate from the government. Now she will have to find the strength to come out from an unthinkable and absurd situation. This leads family’s quite life into a mammoth turmoil.
Cast: Shilpi Marwara, Ajay Chourey, Bilal Ahmad, Noor Jahan
Dir.: Priya Ramasubban
(India (Ladakhi) / 2018 / 90)
Synopsis: Sprightly Chuskit’s dream of going to school is cut short when she is rendered a paraplegic after an accident. She’s confined to life indoors in the company of her strict grandfather, Dorje. Chuskit continues to harbor hopes of school but Dorje tries to make her understand that school can’t handle her needs. As life at home gets harder, her battle with her grandfather exacerbates. Caught in between their struggle are Chuskit’s parents and her enterprising brother who want to respect the old world views that Dorje represents, but also want to keep Chuskit’s spirit alive. Chuskit will have to get her grandfather to yield or she will have to accept the reality he has chosen for her.
Cast: Jigmet Dewa Lhamo, Morup Namgyal
Dir.: Jonathan Augustin
(India (English) / 2019 / 107)
Synopsis: THE LIFT BOY is a coming of age story of a 24-year-old vagabond who is forced to work at a posh building in Mumbai as a Lift Boy when his bread-winning father falls ill. Through this slice of life, feel good story we see the protagonist go through 4 phases- denial, acceptance, evolution & mastery. The film metaphorically expresses the fact that there is a lift boy in each one of us and life is like a lift, sometimes it takes us up & sometimes it takes us down depending on the buttons we press aka choices we make. Come, celebrate life, lift your spirits and push the right buttons with THE LIFT BOY.
Cast: Moin Khan, Nyla Masood, Saagar Kale, Neha Bam
Dir.: Jahnu Barua
(India (Assamese) / 2018 / 122)
Synopsis: In a rural village in Assam, life for Togor becomes full of strains after she marries Koncheng – a militant who has been constantly on the run. Her stubborn father refuses to acknowledge the marriage, despite constant pleading by her benevolent mother. Although she agrees to the ideology of people’s fight against all injustice, Togor is more worried about the uncertainty of life that exists around her, and has to tackle with injustice heaped upon her.
However Togor is hardly aware that the most unfortunate moment of her life is yet to come… when two army men arrive at her house on a routine search visit to enquire about Koncheng… All of a sudden life takes an unexpected turn for Togor.
Cast: Zerifa Wahid, Seema Biswas, Joy Kashyap
Dir.: Nuhash Humayun, Syed Ahmed Shawki, Rahat Rahman, MD Robiul Alam, Golam Kibria Farooki, Mir Mukarram Hossain, Tanvir Ahsan, Mahmudul Islam, Abdullah Al Noor, Krishnendu Chattopadhyay, Syed Saleh Ahmed Sobhan
(Bangladesh (Bengali) / 2018 / 134)
Synopsis: SINCERELY YOURS, DHAKA is a wild ride through the streets of Bangladesh’s capital.
A background actor who’ll do anything to be a star. Two young girls who are dying for a drink in a city where alcohol is illegal. A teenage gangster who’s drunk on power and a sound recordist who finds a dark secret. A bank scam sparks an attempted murder and a plumber adds fuel to a refugee crisis. Stolen cars, broken dreams, dysfunctional relationships. Ranging from bizarre, heartwarming to heartbreaking, the first ever anthology film made in Bangladesh takes us on a bittersweet journey through Dhaka City.
Dir.: Suhas Desale
(India (Marathi) / 2018 / 111)
Synopsis: A beautiful sunrise, a warm cup of tea, a perfectly tuned piano. Rahul finds happiness in the simplest of things. He lives a peaceful life with his close knit kins. A beautiful coincidence adds Keerthi to that circle. A lady who exudes warmth and sunshine. Rahul and Keerthi explore their musical relationship through little inconsequential moments in their day-to-day lives. The film will walk us through their journey at a leisurely pace. A visually entrancing experience with the most soulful music. Amaltash is the melody that lingers long after a song has ended.
Cast: Rahul Deshpande, Pallavi Paranjape
Dir.: Arvind Kamath
(India (Kannada) / 2019 / 132)
Synopsis: An aspiring actor doubling as an amateur gigolo gets caught up in a sticky situation after accepting a surprise gift from an anonymous client. Anish is desperately trying to make it as an actor but his dire financial situation pushes him to look for an escape, which he finds with an anonymous wealthy client. Called to her place one day for a rendezvous, he turns up only to be met with a surprise gift, ‘a murder’. He finds himself framed for a crime he didn’t commit with a witness who is convinced he is the culprit. Arishadvarga is a smart and tense neo-noir thriller that will have you guessing who did it till the very end
Cast: Avinash, Anju Alva Naik, Nanda Gopal
Dir.: Pratim D Gupta
(India (Bengali) / 2018 / 110)
Synopsis: A heartwarming collage of inter-connected love stories, ‘Ahare Mon’ is a romantic drama that revolves around people who are otherwise forbidden to fall in love. Barun Babu and Charulata Dutta are two members of an old age home who elope and embark on an adventure of a lifetime. Michael Tendulkar and Suzie Q are hustlers who plan and pull off one con job after another. Purnendu Pahari is an immigration officer at the airport who comes across a ravishing frequent flyer Madam Ramona. And then there’s Titli, a girl fighting a terminal disease but crazily in love with a movie star.
Cast: Adil Hussain, Mamata Shankar, Paoli Dam
Dir.: Brhmanand Singh
(India (HIndi) / 2019 / 102)
Synopsis: Jhalki is a lyrical story of lost childhood, against the powerful backdrop of child slavery and human trafficking. It is a heart-rending but inspiring story of a nine-year old street-smart girl Jhalki, in search of her seven-year old brother Babu, who is suddenly thrown into an inhuman world of child labour with no respite from a terminally gloomy, dark and depressing workplace. Armed with an intimate folk tale of a tireless sparrow, her own ingenious efforts and her charming presence of mind, Jhalki manages her search and eventually frees her brother, along with thousands of other enslaved children caught in this insidious practice which affects over 150 million children worldwide.
Cast: Boman Irani, Tanishtha Chaterjee, Divya Dutta
Dir.: Swarnavel Eswaran
(India (Tamil) / 2019 / 73)
Synopsis: From the POV of a conservative maternal uncle, who cares deeply for his Tsunami-orphaned niece and nephew, we see his gradual transformation as he accepts his niece’s relationship with a woman. The fisherman Singaram works hard to provide for his Tsunami-affected family while trying to arrange a groom for his niece, who rejects the many alliances he brings. At a crucial moment, Singaram comes to know that his niece Anandhi is in love with a fellow female teacher Kavita. As he comes to terms with his niece being a lesbian, he is ostracized by his community because of her sexual transgression. Kattumaram engages with patriarchy and sexual orientation in a coastal South Indian village.
Cast: Mysskin, Preeti Karan, Anusha Prabhu
Dir.: Radha Bharadwaj
(India (English) / 2019 / 108)
Synopsis: On September 24, 2014, India became the first nation to place a spacecraft into Mars’ orbit on the very first try, and they accomplished this feat with a budget that was less than that for the Hollywood space movie Gravity. Space MOMs is an inspiring dramatization of India’s 2014 Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM), told through the eyes of women engineers who helped make the mission a success. The heroines of Space MOMs are normal, relatable, middle class moms who help their kids with their homework, split house chores with their spouses, care for their parents—and whose day job just happens to be a mission of great importance to their country. They are at the same time ordinary and extraordinary.
Cast: Bhavna Pani, Swati Das, M.D. Pallavi
Dir.: Ranjan Ghosh
(India (Bengali) / 2019 / 120)
Synopsis: Farhaz Chowdhury, a top Muslim chef from Dhaka, first falls in love with her cooking and then with Basundhara — a Hindu Brahmin who runs a home catering service in Kolkata. ‘Ahaa Re’ is a celebration of food, and the love for it. It’s a celebration of the invested emotions and senses that turns cooking into an art form. Cooking is an art, a science, a craft and an emotional and humane act that can touch hearts through the stomach and out of it. Can it unite countries, religions and souls? This question is explored in the film where cooking is the subject matter, the protagonist and the focus, all three embraced under a common umbrella.
Cast: Rituparna Sengupta, Arifin Shuvoo, Paran Bandopadhyay
15. Motorcycle Girl
Dir.: Adnan Sarwar
(Pakistan / 2019 / 121)
Synopsis: Based on the boundary-breaking motorcycle journeys of Zenith Irfan who, at 20 years of age, is the first Pakistani woman to have made a solo motorcycle journey through the northern regions of the country.
Cast: Sohai Ali Abro, Ali Kazmi, Samina Peerzada
Dir.: Devashish Makhija
(India (Hindi) / 2018 / 128)
Synopsis: At a time when scheming Marathi politicians are using violence to rid the state of Maharashtra of Bihari migrants.Bhonsle, an ageing Marathi sub-inspector, has just been retired against his will. He desperately wants an extension of service. But he is dying. Bhonsle is that rare breed of law-man who has more regard for the human condition than the rulebook. This turns out to be both his biggest strength… and the one thing that does him in.A solitary figure all his life, he now suddenly finds himself forging an unlikely companionship with young Sita and little Lalu, his new Bihari migrant neighbours in this mostly Marathi chawl. Harassed for being ‘outsiders’ by the boorish local political goon Vilasrao, they turn to Bhonsle.
Heartbroken at having lost the life of duty he had known for over 40 years, Bhonsle stands up to the challenge, finding one last battle worth fighting for. His noble but desperate action brings a vicious and unexpectedly violent turn. It is his fault and he must now face the consequences, or risk losing the only two people in the world he has only just started to love.
Cast: Manoj Bajpayee, Santosh Juvekar Ipshita Chakraborty Singh, Virat Vaibhav, Neetu Pande