IFFK; 7 films in ‘Indian Cinema Today’ section
Seven films will be screened at the 24th Kerala International Film Festival of Kerala, ‘Indian Cinema Now’ category. Marathi films Anandi Gopal, My Ghat: Crime No 103/2005, Akson Nicholas in Hindi and English, Hellaro in Gujarati, lewduh (Market)in Khasi language, Ram Prasad ki Tehruvi (THE FUNERAL) in hindi and Binisutoy (Without Strings) in bengali.
The 134-minute film directed by Sameer Widans is in Marathi. Anandi Gopal is a biography of one of India's first female physician doctors, Anandibai Gopalrao Joshi. The portrait was screened at the 2019 Indo-German Film Week and the 50th IFFI - Indian Panorama section. Written by Karan Shrikant Sharma and Irawati Karnik. The film is produced by Mangesh Kulkarni, Shariq Patel, Akash Chawla, Arunava Sengupta, Shareen Mantri Kedia and Kishor Arora.
Without Strings/ Binisutoy
The film is directed by National Award winner Atanu Ghosh. The 94-minute film is in Bengali. The story narrates, two strangers meet at a game show audition. Binisuthoi tells the story of how they became friends and later, through some strange existence, tried to find meaning in their lives. Director Atanu Ghosh is the scriptwriter. The movie is produced by Sandeep Agarwal. The film stars Ritwik Chakraborty and Bangladeshi actress Jaya Ahsan in the lead roles.
The Funerala/Ram Prasad Ki Tehrvi
Ramprasad Ki Tehravi / THE FUNERAL is the first film directed by actress and Filmfare Awardee Seema Pahwa. The 105-minute film is filmed in Hindi. The film tells the story of rituals that take place 13 days after the death of a person according to Hindu custom. The film was previously shown at the Mumbai Academy of Moving Image Film Festival. Seema Pahwa has written the screenplay for the film. The film is made by Jio Films and Drishyam Studios.
Market / Iewduh
The film is directed by Pradeep Kurba, scripted by Paulami Dattagupta. The film is 94 minutes long. Iewduh is one of the most active markets in North East India and this revolves around the same market. The film won the Kim Jisoke Award at the Busan International Film Festival. The film stars Albert Mawrie and the Denver Pariat. The film is produced by Shankar Lal Gonke.
MAI GHAT: CRIME NO 103/2005
The 104 minute long Marathi film was inspired by the story of a Kerala woman who fought and won a protracted legal battle after her son’s death in police custody. Actor-writer-filmmaker Ananth Narayan Mahadevan is the director of the movie. c. Mai Ghat is an actual place by the Krishna river in Sangli. In the film, the protagonist Prabha Mai is a washerwoman who cleans clothes, including police uniforms, at Mai Ghat. Played by Usha Jadhav, who portrays the role with a lot of emotional heft, Prabha Mai is a single mother, like Prabhavati Amma. As in real life, in the film too, the police arrest her son along with his friend on the suspicion that they are thieves.
The film was screened in SINGAPORE SOUTH ASIAN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, ASIA PACIFIC SCREEN AWARDS, IFFI-GOA and KOLKATTA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL. CP Surendran and Ananth Narayan Mahadevan done the script work. The film was produced by Nikita Gupta.
Hellaro is a 2018 Indian Gujarati film co-written and directed by Abhishek Shah and produced by Ashish Patel, Nirav Patel, Aayush Patel, Prateek Gupta, Mit Jani and Abhishek Shah under the banner of Saarthi Productions and Harfanmaula films. Hellaro won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film at the 66th National Film Awards. It has been officially selected as the opening film at Indian Panorama, at 50th International Film Festival of India (IFFI). Set in a remote village in Kutch in 1975, the film is a story of a group of women who break free from years of confinement, suppression and oppression of a patriarchal society when a man lost in the wilderness infuses life through the beats of his dhol.
Axone follows a day in the life of a group of Northeasterners in Delhi through a wedding, a feast, a landlord-tenant clash — and in them all, the quintessential Northeastern experience in the big city. The film was named as Axone, an ingredient of several North Eastern meat based dishes. 97 minute film was directed by Nicholas Kharkongor in Hindi and English. The film was screened in BFI London Film Festival and MAMI Film Fest. Nicholas Kharkongor himself done the script work and produced by Vikram Mehra and Siddharth Anand Kumar.