Film Guide 2014

Opening Night | Centerpiece | Closing Night | FeaturesDocumentaries | Shorts


Liar's Dice Poster

Liar’s Dice    

OPENING NIGHT | India| Hindi | 104 mins|Chicago premiere

Directed by Geethu Mohandas

Cast: Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Geetanjali Thapa, Manya Gupta

The film follows Kamala and her daughter, Manya, as they embark on a journey, leaving their native land in search for her missing husband. Along this journey she encounters a free spirited army deserter who helps them to get to their destination with his own selfish motive.



Monsoon Shootout    

 CENTERPIECE FILM | India| Hindi | 88 mins 

 Directed by Amit Kumar

 Cast: Nawazuddin SiddiquiTannishtha ChatterjeeSreejita DeJayant Gadekar

A thriller on the streets of Mumbai about cops and gangsters.  As heavy monsoon rains lash the  badlands of Mumbai, Adi, a rookie cop out on his first assignment faces a life altering decision when  he must decide whether to shoot or not to shoot. His decision takes him on a journey which pits him  against a system that demands a compromise on his morals. Finally, however, Adi and we come to  understand that every choice has its price.



Ankhon Dekhi Ankhon Dekhi

 CLOSING NIGHT | India |Hindi | 107  min | Chicago premiere

 Directed by Rajat Kapoor

 Cast: Sanjay Mishra, Rajat Kapoor, Seema Pahwa

Raje Bauji is a man in his late fifties, living out a dreary but eventful life in a small house in old Delhi,  where he lives with his extended family. A random incident is going to change his life in a dramatic  way, though he does not realize it at the moment. Bauji’s daughter has been seeing a boy of ill repute.  When that fact is revealed to the family, after much deliberation, they decide to do the obvious, lock  up the girl and go beat the willful boy. It is a funny old journey of this man, who decides that he will  only believe what he sees with his eyes moving forward.


Brahmin Bulls Poster Brahmin Bulls

 US | English| 96 min|Chicago Premiere

 Directed by Mahesh Pailoor

 Cast: Sendhil Ramamurthy, Roshan Seth, Cassidy Freeman, Justin Bartha

When Ashok makes a surprise visit to Los Angeles to visit his estranged son, the two begin a  journey  to mend their relationship until Sid discovers that his father has actually come in search of  an old  flame. BRAHMIN BULLS is a heartfelt and humorous exploration of the ever-evolving  relationship  between a father and son, the woman in their lives, and the powerful secrets they keep.



 M Cream 

 India |Hindi and English| 73 min| Chicago Premiere

 Directed by Agneya Singh and Aban Raza

 Cast: Imaaduddin Shah, Ira Dubey, Auritra Ghosh, Raaghav Chanana ,Barry John, and Tom Alter

A diverse crew of university students set out on a journey in pursuit of a mythical form of hash,  confronting a series of encounters that begin to unravel the myriad realities of rebellion.




 India | Bengali | 128 min|Chicago premiere

 Directed by Indranil Roychowdhury

 Cast: Ritwick Chakraborty, Sohini Sarkar, Shankar Debnath, Akash Adhikary

Maladjusted and a born loser, Phoring fights the voices in his head he calls God. And then a new  teacher arrives in school, who opens up his mind to things unknown.  Just when Phoring starts to  believe that this is not a dream, his teacher disappears abruptly, leaving behind a trail of doubt and  suspicion. Phoring decides to go looking for her in Kolkata.


fandry_poster Fandry

 India| Marathi | 103 min|Chicago Premiere

 Directed by Nagraj Manjule

 Cast: Somnath Avghade, Kishor Kadam, Chhaya Kadam,, Sanjay Chaudhri,Suraj Pawar Payeshari

“Love, the most beautiful emotion in all living creatures knows no bar, caste or boundaries,” is the    central theme of Fandry. A young lad, Jabya, falls in love with his classmate. Incidentally, he belongs  to a lower caste than his crush. His parents are working hard to arrange money for their daughter’s  wedding while Jabya is collecting money for new clothes to impress the girl. Fandry is a story of his  aspirations, quest, sorrows, anguish and frustrations.


Kaphal_poster Kaphal – Wild Berries

India | Hindi | 90 mins

Directed by  Batul Mukhtier

Cast: Harish Rana, Pawan Singh Negi

Makar and Kamru live in a small village in Garhwal. They have not seen their father for 5 years because he works in the city. When the father does come home, Makar and Kamru find that their father has not brought them any gifts, scolds them regularly, and disciplines them too much. Makar’s friends, Bupi and Pusu convince him that his father may be an imposter. The boys create a plan to get rid of the imposter through the help of a witch who lives in the forest.





 Documentary | India | Hindi |82 min|Chicago Premiere

 Directed by Deepti  Kakkar , Fahad Mustafa

In Kanpur, India, an electricity thief provides “Robin Hood” style services to the poor in the face of  day long power-cuts. Meanwhile the first female chief of the local electricity supply company has  vowed to put an end to all illegal connections, for good. In a summer of crisis, both come to terms  with India’s energy poverty




Hit the Road IndiaHit the Road: India

Documentary | India | English | 84 min 

Directed by Gor Baghdasaryan, Mushegh Baghdasaryan

Cast: Ric Gazarian and Keith King

A travel, adventure documentary following two friends, Ric Gazarian and Keith King, participating in Mumbai Xpress – a 12-day-long rickshaw rally across India, from Mumbai to Chennai, recognized by the Lonely Planet as one of the top ten greatest adventures in the world.


Algorithms_poster Algorithms

DocumentaryIndia |96 min| US Premiere

Directed by Ian McDonald

Three talented chess players from India battle their opponents and their inner demons as they dream big for blind chess in India.






purple skies poster Purple Skies

Documentary |  India | English, Hindi | 66 min

Directed by Sridhar Rangayan

This documentary weaves together touching stories of the LBT (Lesbian, Bisexual Transexual)  community that have been victimized and subjugated by the law, their families, and society. As a    sign for a hopeful future, this film shares stories of youngsters who have come out of the closet  bravely.



Blouse - Poster


 India| Hindi| 2014| 20 min| Chicago Premiere

 Directed by Vijayeta Kumar

 Cast:  Sumeet Vyas, Imran Rashid, Ronjini Chakraborty

Shyam, a schoolteacher, loves his wife Roopa. But the newlyweds don’t get much time with each  other as he must live alone in Meja, the village where he teaches. Roopa asks for little except his  affection. But when asked what she’d like as a gift, she asks for a blouse by Meja’s Babu Tailor, who’s  famous for the beautiful cuts & fits of his blouses. Upon reaching, he realizes that he forgot her  measurements. On explaining the problem, Babu suggests a risky but clever plan. What will he do? Will Roopa get her gift?


A Boy Called Boris Film Poster A Boy Called Boris 

US | English | 9 min

Directed by Ashok Vish 

Cast: Max Kolby,  Brian Gildea , Jose Amor

BORIS, 16 years old, suffers from a speech impediment and is about to start the first day of classes at a new public school. Because he is ill prepared and nervous about his new environment, BORIS finds that when he is asked to introduce himself, he stutters. Embarrassed and frustrated, he runs away from the classroom and begins what becomes a day of introspection and self-discovery.

mitraa poster Mitraa

 India |Marathi |33 min|U.S. premiere

 Directed by Ravi Jadhav

 Cast: Veena Jamkar, Sandeep Khare, Mrunmayee Deshpande

Based on the story written by the renowned writer and novelist Vijay Tendulkar, Mitraa is a short  film about a woman with a different sexual orientation. Set in the mid 1940s, her behaviour and  feelings are looked down upon as unnatural by the people around her once she reveals herself to  them. The film concludes with India finally gaining Independence, however the LGBT community is  still struggling to this day to find their space even after more than 60 years of a free India.

tamaash posterTamaash (the puppet)

India | Kashmiri | 32min | Chicago premiere

Directed by Satyanshu Singh, Devanshu Singh

Cast: Zahid Ahmed Mir

Anzar faces scorn from his elders for his poor performance in school and is expected to out rank his classmate Sadat, who happens to be the smartest student in class. He seeks the help of a mysterious stranger, but following his advice may have serious and unintended consequences for Anzar and his kid brother.

ODH poster ODH – An Odyssey

 India| Marathi | 23 mins

 Directed by Naina Panemanglor

 Cast: Devashish Boralkar, Priya Bagalkote

A young boy, Dinya, longs to see the sea as he recalls the coastal fables his mother told him before  she died. He is prepared to leave everything behind in his remote village in Inland India to find the  sea from his mother’s tales. But as his journey commences, he finds himself with an unwanted  companion, his sister Kamli. Will Dinya be able to find what he was looking for?


veil poster Veil

 India | English, Bengali | 15 min | Chicago Premier

 Directed by Sreemoyee Bhattacharya

 Cast: Joey Debroy, Daminee Basu

A medical student fantasizes about his sexy neighbor. As he reaches through the covers for the  obscure, he is on the verge of understanding that his expectations and reality are separated only by a  thin veil.


What Remains poster What Remains

 US|English|14 mins |Chicago premiere

 Directed by Sarita Khurana

 Cast:Ananya Kumar-Banerjee, Sumitra Rajkumar

A ghost story with a psychological twist, a woman returns to her childhood home only to discover  her unsettling past and the little girl who lives within.



int cafe poster Int Cafe – Night

 India| Hindi | 13 min| US Premiere

 Directed by Adhiraj Bose

 Cast: Naseeruddin Shah, Shernaz Patel, Shweta Basu Prasad, Naveen Kasturia

A nostalgic film exploring two stories set inside a café in Kolkata, India.




GIVEINTOTHENIGHT poster Give Into The Night

 US | English | 12 min | Chicago premiere

 Directed by Sonejuhi Sinha

 Cast :  Sarita Choudhury, Alisha Nagarsheth, Vijay Bhargava

A recent widower moves to the U.S. to live with his daughter and granddaughter. At the end of a long  night, they all slowly begin to discover what it means to be a family again by coming to terms with  their shared grief and isolation.





Color-of-War Final (high res) Color of War

 Student Short | U.S | English | 16 mins |  Chicago premiere

 Directed by Sai Pawar

 Cast: Matt Pohlkamp, Tristan Coe, Jon Peterson, Scott E. Myers

In the 1930’s post depression era, Gerald, an owner of a run-down movie theater struggles with the  fear of color as it brings back painful memories. But the only means of saving his theater is to show a  film in color.


jaya_poster-web02 Jaya

 India | Hindi |19 mins

 Directed by Puja Maewal

 Cast: Faimida Shaikh, Anil Rathod, Jaihind Kumar

Young Jaya survives gruesome gang life on the unforgiving streets of Mumbai by posing as a boy.  When she meets a wealthy businessman who may be the father who abandoned her, she sets out to  reclaim her identity.

Mohammad poster


Student Short | Qatar |Urdu | 10 min |World Premier

Mohammad is a young boy who gets kidnapped for uttering words against the Holy Prophet Muhammad to an Islamic Extremist in Pakistan. Trying to protect the honor of his father, he was forced to face the same consequence as his father.







India|Tibetan | English |11 mins |North American premiere

Directed by Gaurav Saxena

Cast: Tenzin Dayoe, Sonam Phuntsok, Payal Cahuhan

A Tibetan refugee boy growing up in a small hill town in India, the exiled home of The Dalai Lama, stumbles upon his exiled refugee identity when he’s told there is an invisible ‘R’ written on his forehead. His quest to solve the mystery of the ‘R’ leads him to discover the troubled legacy of his people.