Unending Story (Kapus Kondyachi Goshta)

 

Feature

Australian Premiere

 

“Kapus Kondyachi Goshta” unfold the story of Joyti along with her three sisters as they stand against village head. This is a true story that chronicles the victory over social ostracisation, poverty and hardship. It is a story of triumph over tragedy, where the strong will of simple village girl wins over all odds to become an inspiration for all. Its a most awaited movie, and its already getting popular in its home country. The movie have already won the Best Film - Women Empowerment at Dada Saheb Phalke Film Festival.

 

Director: Mrunalini Bhosale

Cast: Samidha Guru, Gauri Konge, Mohini Kulharri, Netra Mali

Feature

Australian Premiere

 

Deepa struggles to communicate with others as her innermost words are usurped by a mysterious strange wind and a stifling silence envelops her simultaneously. How will she get out of this shell? Will the mystic wind ever relieve her of this ordeal?

 

Director: Anjan Das

Cast: Paoli Dam, Shankar Chakraborty, Koushik Sen

 

Special tribute to Late Anjan Das.

Mystic Wind (Ajana Batash)

Feature

Australian Premiere

 

A 60-year-old man lives on a pristine, isolated island. He visits the nearby harbour in a motor boat once a month to sell handicrafts. A young burglar keeps tabs on him and one day jumps onto the motor boat and demands money. The old man remains calm and takes the motor boat towards his island where the young man remains trapped. He meets the people who live with the old man, a 7-year-old boy, a 20-year-old deaf and mute lady and a middle-aged man with a stammer. The intruder confronts rare life situations for the first time. His concept about life changes as he understands how nature blends with life. The film is the 'colour' of life, of the wind, of the sea and nature.

 

Director: Bijukumar Damodaran (known as Dr. Biju)

Cast: Nedumudi Venu, Indrajith, Prithviraj Sukumaran, Amala Paul

Colour of Sky (Akasathinte Niram)

101 Questions (101 Chodyangal)

 

Feature

Australian Premiere

 

101 Chodyangal(101 Questions) is a story revolves around a school assignment given to a class V student to frame 101 questions. The film is about the efforts he has to put in to frame those questions. At this point, his father, who is a factory employee, loses his job. The two parallel streams converge at the end. ‘101 Chodyangal’ may have its shortcomings, but it succeeds in making a definite impression. Though the story is being told through the eyes of a child, this one is for viewers of all ages.

 

Director: Sidhartha Siva

Cast: Indrajith Sukumaran, Lena Abilash, Manikandan Pattambi, Minon, Nishanth Sagar, Rachana Narayankutty, Sudheesh

Feature

Australian Premiere

 

“Pinky – Ek Satyakatha” is the Story of an award winning woman athlete who was charged with Rape and accused of being a male. A brief glimpse of the politics and goings on in Indian sports.

 

Director: Sudhin Thakur

Cast: Sara Shrawan, Yateen Karyekar, Brinda Parekh, Sunil Deo, Priya Tuljapurkar, Prerna Ugale

PINKY – Ek Satyakatha

 

Not a Fairy Tale (Rupkatha Noy)

 

Feature

Australian Premiere

 

Five young people are driven by primal human instincts - to escape, find thrill, seek revenge or wait for destiny. And one old wizened man is trying to touch upon their minds.

 

Director: Atanu Ghosh

Cast: Soumitra Chatterjee, Radhika Apte, Koushik Sen, Rahul Banerjee

Dozakh - In Search of Heaven

Feature

Australian Premiere

 

In a small town near Varanasi, a clash happens between the offering of the routine morning prayers of the Muslim cleric and his neighboring Hindu priest. The Muslim cleric is vexed with the Hindu priest but is more bothered about his twelve year old son ‘Janu’ who is a good friend of his rival- the Hindu Priest and pays regular visit to the temple. He has scolded and punished Janu several times and elucidated him that he may be cursed to hell if he continues this. The cleric loses his temper when he comes to know that his son has participated in the annual Hindu mythological play Ramleela and played the role of the Hindu God- Hanuman. He gets upset, punishes his son and explains him the difference between the two religions. But Janu absconds from his home. His father seeks him everywhere. He  realizes that he is first a father to his son before being a cleric. But will anxious father be able to find him ever?

 

Director: Zaigham Imam

Cast: Lalit Mohan Tiwari, Nazim Khan, Garric Chaudhury, Ruby Saini

Bombay Movie

Documentary

Australian Premiere

 

Three filmmakers descend upon Bombay - India's city of dreams - to make a film that reveals the harsh realities of the most dynamic and seductive city in the world.

BOMBAY MOVIE is the story of Raja Menon, an independent filmmaker living in the shadow of Bollywood. Inspired by his watchman to make a film about the city's overlooked working poor, Raja enlists a two foreign producers and a star cast (Naseeruddin Shah, Vijay Raaz, Arjun Mathur) to make the gritty realist film of his dreams.

 

Director: Alexandra Eaton

Cast: Giulia Achilli, Arjun Mathur, Raja Menon, Vijay Raaz, Naseeruddin Shah

Deliverance (Bijolibalar Mukti)

 

Feature

Australian Premiere

 

In the oldest quarter of North Kolkata lives Bijolibala, a high caste Brahmin widow with her companion Padma. She is deeply faithful to her religious beliefs and a strict adherent of the sanctity of Brahmin widowhood. The entire neighbourhood loves and respects her. On their way back from Rath Yatra (The Festival of Chariots), Bijolibala falls off the rickshaw and fractures her leg. Bijolibala sits up in her bed, helplessly immobile, as things closer to her heart begin to go wrong at her own doorstep. Disaster strikes the lives of the young couple, Jyoti and Hashi, the ground floor tenants of her own home. Hashi dies of cancer leaving behind their two-year old boy Bhutu. But soon afterward, Bijolibala comes to know that Hashi’s real name is Hasina Bano (a muslim name). The devoted practitioner of the religious austerity of a traditional Brahmin family widow, Bijolibala is faced with a spiritual dilemma. But she wins over the adversities of reality and time and preserves her intrinsic human values.

 

Director: Gautam Halder

Cast: Rakhi Gulzar, Sadhana Hazra, Samadarshi Dutta, Bidita Bag, Mohor Maiti

Qissa: The Tale of a Lonely Ghost

Feature

 

Umber Singh is a Sikh who loses everything during the separation of India in 1947 and is forced to leave his homeland. He obsessively wishes for a male heir. When his fourth daughter is born, he decides to wage a fight against destiny.

 

Director: Anup Singh

Cast: Irrfan Khan, Tillotama Shome, Rasika Dugal, Tisca Chopra, Faezeh Jalali, Sonia Bindra

Feature

Australian Premiere

 

Manjunath – Biopic of a Ordinary Man. Back in 2005, an IIM graduate working for a leading oil corporation was shot dead while on the job. 9 years on the story of Manjunath Shanmugam has become so much more. To take his story to the next level director Sandeep Verma has tied up with Viacom18 Motion Pictures and has made the biopic of Manjunath which is scheduled to come out on 9th Manjunath Shanmugham who was brutally murdered for standing up for what he believed was right. He was one of us - young, alistic and educated from one of the finest B-Schools in India, but he lost his life at 27 as he exposed the petrol adulteration scam by the fuel mafia in Uttar Pradesh in 2005

 

Director: Sandeep A. Varma

Cast: Anjori Alagh, Karan Ashar, Asif Basra, Seema Biswas, Divya Dutta

Manjunath

The Well (Vihir)

Feature

Australian Premiere

 

Sameer and Nachiket are relatives and friends. Nachiket, who is the more mature of the two, wants to escape his stifling surroundings. Sameer does not understand this. Then one day, Nachiket drowns in a pool where they often swam together. His death takes over Sameer's life, as he becomes lost in the fear and meaning of death. No one comes to his help. He must search to learn the meaning of life, however vaguely, on his own.

 

Director: Umesh Vinayak Kulkarni

Cast: Mohan Agashe, Madan Deodhar, Girish Kulkarni, Alok Rajwade, Jyoti Subhash

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