INDIA FILM WEEK
BEYOND THE CLOUDS
LOVE AND SHUKLA
BEYOND THE CLOUDS
Directed by: Majid Majidi
Written by: Mehran Kashani / Majid Majidi
Starring: Malavika Mohanan / Ishaan Khattar
Teenager Amir is constantly dodging trouble while dealing drugs in the underbelly of Mumbai. Following a drug bust, he evades the cops and ends up on the doorstep of his estranged sister Tara. Complications from concealing Amir land Tara in jail, but she still sees her brother as her only hope of living in the outside world again. While their lives have been darkened by despair, hope may shine from beyond the clouds.
LOVE AND SHUKLA
Directed by: Siddartha Jatla
Written by: Amanda Mooney / Siddartha Jatla
Starring: Saharsh Kumar Shukla
LOVE AND SHUKLA is the story of sex, love and the search for privacy in a small, one-room Mumbai chawl. It's the story of arranged marriage in today's crowded cities and the first week in a young couple's life as they struggle for space and intimacy. Shukla, an auto driver from an orthodox Brahmin family, has never intimately known a woman other than the celluloid starlets he watches every day on the 4 inch display of his mobile phone. When his mother arranges his sudden marriage, Shukla and his new wife face the experience of so many couples in Mumbai: a new marriage, no experience in a relationship and a joint family love nest that offers no space for sex, much less a conversation. Their only respite is a line of old suitcases set up by his father to separate them from the family, a cell phone and a city of 18 million eyes.
Directed by: Ram
Written by: Ram
Starring: Mammootty / Sadhna / Anjali / Anjali Ameer / Pavel Navageethan
Unable to cope up with a child born spastic, Amudhavan goes to Dubai on work. He is forced to return to take care of his daughter Paappa when his wife elopes after 12 years of stress and pent-up lust. Paappa slowly accepts Amudhavan as her father. When she attains puberty, Amudhavan transcends the limits of his gender and addresses her biological needs, coping up with the changes happening within her emotionally and physically. But cruelly he loses himself and his assets to an affair with a maid. When 13 year old Paappa explores her sexuality just like he did, Amudhavan cannot bear it. Life gives them the slip but hope comes in form of a transgender who takes on the role of his wife and Paappa's mother.
Directed by: Arjun Mukerjee
Written by: Althea Kaushal-Delmas
Starring: Renuka Shahane / Pulkit Samrat / Sharman Joshi / Masumeh / Ankit Rathi / Aisha Ahmed
3 STOREYS takes us on a journey across three floors of a lively residential apartment building in an Indian town, unfolding three stories about loves lost, avenged and forbidden. Auntie Flory, still haunted by a devastating family tragedy, is selling her home. When a handsome bachelor unexpectedly arrives and buys the flat, Auntie Flory decides to share the memories that are hidden deep beneath the floorboards. Dedicated mother Varsha lives an unhappy existence in a dingy apartment with her young son and abusive husband. Varsha's deepening friendship with a cheerful neighbour brings back memories of a lost love. Young neighbours Malini and Suhail are in love, yet forbidden by their families to see each other due to clashing faiths and a grave family secret, the pair decide to elope. But as the community back home rallies around their parents, it becomes apparent that their love is perhaps, really, not meant to be.
Directed by: Sanjay Leela Bhansali
Starring: Ranveer Singh / Deepika Padukone / Ranveer Singh
Queen Padmavati is known for her exceptional beauty along with a strong sense of justice. She is the wife of Maharawal Ratan Singh and pride of the Kingdom of Chittor, a prosperous kingdom in the north west of India. The legend of her beauty reaches the reigning Sultan of Hindustan – Allaudin Khilji. The sultan who is a tyrant, is fixated with wanting anything that is of exceptional beauty for himself. He lays siege on the impregnable fortress of Chittorgarh. After a grueling 6 months, he returns empty handed. He becomes obsessed and now wants to capture Chittor and its Queen at any cost. He returns with a bigger army and ranging fury. He attacks Chittor with brutal force. Khilji manages to breach the fortress but in vain as the Queen chooses to make the ultimate sacrifice to protect her dignity.
Directed by: Manish Saini
Written by: Manish Saini
Starring: Karan Patel / Naseeruddin Shah / Kahaan
DHH is a heartwarming story of 3 friends (Gungun, Bajrang & Vakil) and their journey towards realizing their true potential. An afternoon of sauntering leads them to a magic show and leaves them awestruck. Magic seems to be a solution for all their problems including mathematics. The boys write to the magician asking him for a trick to ace their examinations. Days go by and times get tougher with punishments at school and warnings at home. All hope is lost, but one fine day the magician replies. His letter arrives with a parcel that claims to hold the key to cracking their examinations. Can this be true? In pursuit of learning from magic Gungun and his friends soon realize that there is a lot more learning to be done from life itself.