Stunning animation and a vivid soundtrack transport us to the treacherous streets of Bombay, a city soaked in Bollywood dreams, where a young flower seller, eager to star in his own heroic romance, falls in love with a girl. Soon fantasy and reality vehemently clash in this poignant ode to romance that made its World Premiere at Cannes’ Critics Week.
Nirvala, a young nun, eagerly awaits her convent’s anniversary celebration as she has been entrusted with the dream task of escorting her secret idol, actress Urvasi. But her excitement turns into despair when, on the big day, an elderly nun’s health deteriorates and Nirvala is ordered to stay behind and care for her instead. A brooding emotional landscape lurks underneath the peaceful Kerala setting in this engrossing tale of teenage rebellion that won India’s National Award for Best Non-Feature Debut.
Evaristo and Yojan have built a safe, insular life for themselves. But a terminal illness brutally exposes their loving union to the inhumane reality for gay couples in India. A deeply affecting exploration of the human cost of India’s recent decision to re-criminalize homosexuality.
Armed with plenty of time on his hands, Dandekar, a curmudgeonly retiree with a picky palate, will stop at nothing to find just the right ingredients for the perfect sandwich. A heartfelt, offbeat tale about the perks of aging.
A dusty projector and an old film reel introduce Babu, a Bihari migrant living in a Bombay prop house, to the marvels of legendary magician Mandrake. A tense day of communal unrest turns into a joyful journey of discovery and wonder when Babu realizes that everything he needs to make his own magic lies right in front of him. An exuberant ode to the magic of art and the power of imagination that won India’s National Award for Short Fiction.