2013 Program

4TH OCTOBER, FRIDAY: OPENING NIGHT VIP COCKTAIL RECEPTION, 6 PM – 7 PM
4TH OCTOBER, FRIDAY: SCREENING 7 PM – 9 PM
THE GOOD ROAD: Drama, Gujarati

DIRECTOR : Gyan Correa
LANGUAGE : Gujarati (with English Subtitle) – 92 min

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Debut feature filmmaker Gyan Correa’s Gujarati film ” The Good Road” has been chosen as India’s entry for the best foreign film category at the Academy Awards 2013. It is perhaps the first Gujarati film to have made it. Pappu is a truck driver. Supporting his parents and extended family is beyond his means. Now, he has been presented a plan. An accident will be staged. Pappu will “die”. Insurance payments are substantial. David and Kiran, a middle class urban couple, with their son Aditya, are on a holiday. Aditya will be accidentally separated from them during a brief halt at a Dhaba. And his loss will only be discovered several hours, and several hundred kilometers later. They must double back to find him. Poonam is an 11-year old-year-old child from the city. She is looking for her grandmother, living in a town at the end of this highway. Tired and hungry, Poonam wisely stops at the Topaz, what seems to be a small garment dying unit.Aditya will be found by a local dhaba owner, and put onto Pappu’s truck. Has Aditya found a new and unlikely home on this truck? Later, when it is too late, Poonam will discover that the Topaz is not quite the place for her. She will be confronted, forcefully, with the very same choices she is running away from. Which way will this young girl turn? And Pappu, looking for answers to balance his need with those of this little boy, will find a new strength and conviction within.


5TH OCTOBER, SATURDAY: SCREENINGS 02.15 PM – 02.35 PM
SILVATEIN: Short

DIRECTOR : Arati Raval Pandey
LANGUAGE : Hindi with English subtitles – 20 min

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Silvatein looks at a relationship and a city through the lens of love. Arati, who has been born and raised in Mumbai, or Bombay as she has always known it, sees the city changing at breakneck speed. The streets, the people and even the name. With the city, the people have changed too. As it is with relationships, even a city needs nurturing. As it is with a city, even a relationship needs the compassion of its people. The couple’s predicament mirrors the predicament of a city that’s trying to make peace with its varied shades. The film chooses to let the city be a silent spectator, not entering the home or even making its presence felt. But it is instrumental in the events of the story because it creates circumstances that lead to problems and is the reason there’s the proverbial light at the end of the tunnel. Silvatein talks about the blemishes that form in relationships, with time. They may slowly fade and heal, but the hint of a wound will remain. May be it’s not beautiful, but it is what will give the relationship its own, unique character.

5TH OCTOBER, SATURDAY: SCREENINGS 02.35 PM – 03.50 PM
WHEN HARI GOT MARRIED: Documentary

DIRECTOR : Ritu Sarin, Tenzing Sonam
LANGUAGE : Hindi – 75 min

Hari, a 30-year-old Indian taxi driver, prepares for his arranged marriage to a girl he has never met, but with whom he has fallen in love on the mobile phone. Outspoken, opinionated and funny, Hari expounds on love, marriage, the state of India and his own upcoming marriage as he drives his clients around. Meanwhile, frantic preparations are afoot as his family make sure that the wedding goes off without a hitch. The film takes an intimate and humorous look at the changes that are taking place in rural India, as modernity and globalisation meet age-old traditions and customs.

5TH OCTOBER, SATURDAY: SCREENINGS 04.00 PM – 04.20 PM
AFTERGLOW (II): Short | Comedy | Drama

DIRECTOR : Kaushal Oza
LANGUAGE : English – 20 min

Today is the tenth day after Minocher Mirza’s death. And while his widow Meher is trying to come to terms with her personal grief; friends and relatives, according to Parsi customs, make their condolence visits and offer mock sympathy.

5TH OCTOBER, SATURDAY: SCREENINGS 04.20 PM – 05.20 PM
THE GOLDEN HOUR: Documentary | Action | Biography

DIRECTOR : Jessica McGaugh, Roma Sur
LANGUAGE : English – 60 min

After witnessing one too many unnecessary roadside deaths and the personal tragic loss of a young cousin, a 29 year old man walks away from his corporate career to take on the convoluted political and social systems of India. Can one man make a difference in facing the monumental task of changing the cultural mindset of 1.2 billion people?

5TH OCTOBER, SATURDAY: SCREENINGS 06.00 PM – 08.20 PM
GOYNAR BAKSHO: Drama

DIRECTOR : Aparna Sen
LANGUAGE : Bengali – 136 min

Shirshendu Mukhopadhyay’s famous tale of 3 generations of women & their changing position in society, seen in relation to a box of jewels, handed down from one generation to the next.

6TH OCTOBER, SUNDAY: SCREENING 02.15 PM – 04.25 PM
CELLULOID: Biography

DIRECTOR : Kamaluddin Mohammed
LANGUAGE : Malyalam – 129 min

The story of J C Daniel, who made the first ever Malayalam film ‘Vigathakumaran’ in 1928, resulting in his exile and eventual downfall.

6TH OCTOBER, SUNDAY: AWARD NIGHT VIP COCKTAIL RECEPTION 06.30 PM – 7.30 PM
6TH OCTOBER, SUNDAY: AWARD CEREMONY 07.30 PM – 08.30 PM