Alif

World Premiere

 

Narrated by Jaya Bachchan, Alif is the heartwarming tale of a Muslim madrasa kid trying to adapt to the convent school culture and the hostilities he faces.

 

Director:  Zaigham Imam

Cast:  Neelima Azim, Pawan Tiwari, Bhavna Pani

Maya Mridanga

Australian Premiere

 

This is about psychology of artistes and the varied motivations that drive them. With music being the central theme, the film revolves around the live of the folk musician Birbhum, Jhakshu.

 

Director:  Raja Sen

Cast: Paoli Dam, Debshankar Haldar, Rituparna Sengupta

Birds with large wings

Australian Premiere

 

The film is a partially fictionalized representation of the environmental disaster caused by the misuse of endosulfan pesticide in Kasaragod District of Kerala in India. This disaster was caused by nearly two and a half decades of endosulfan use on government-owned cashew plantations. The film explores the disastrous environmental and public health consequences of the pesticide misuse. It also concentrates on those health-related effects of endosulfan misuse, that persist to this day. The film depicts the after-effects of the pesticide spraying through the eyes of a photographer. His first visit to the area was during a rainy season in 2001, and his photographs revealed the shocking state of the numerous victims to the world. Endosulfan-induced misery gained worldwide attention due to this exposure. When the photographer visited the area again in summer 2006, many of the young victims he had photographed during his earlier visit, had been dead. Even now, children are being affected ...

 

Director:  Bijukumar Damodaran

Cast: Kunchacko Boban, M.A. Nishad, Salim Kumar

Joker

Australian Premiere

 

In 1947 when the maps of India and Pakistan were being drawn, an oversight ensured that the village of Paglapur didn't find a place in either country. The village had the distinction of housing the largest mental asylum in the region and in the mêlée that ensued during partition, the asylum inmates broke loose, drove away the villagers and established their own republic in Paglapur. And that's how it stayed for the next 60 years! While the world outside changed, Paglapur remained isolated, with no electricity, television or sanity. Now, decades after the world forgot this village, a NASA scientist of Indian origin, Agastya and his beautiful wife find themselves on the road to Paglapur. Agastya is working on a top secret project for creating a device to communicate with aliens. So why is he in a village whose colorful inhabitants include a man who speaks in gibberish, another who thinks he is a lamp post and everyone else who think Mahatma Gandhi is still around, fighting for ...

 

Director:  Shirish Kunder

Cast: Akshay Kumar, Sonakshi Sinha, Shreyas Talpade

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

Rupkatha Noy

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