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1991 | 140 mins. | Social | Hindi

The film deals with an individual’s ordeal in the face of an indifferent establishment. It revolves around the payment of an electricity bill for a farm pump-set. Velu owns a small sugarcane field and has immense faith in the establishment, in this case, the Electricity Board, to condone a delay in payment of his electricity bill. But when the power is severed he and his wife Sita are devastated. Friends and well wishers raise their hands helplessly and can only offer suggestions for restoration of power. Help comes finally from the most unexpected quarters. Their neighbour Radha who is looked down upon by the villagers, restores the power and reinforces one’s faith in basic human values.

Director: K. Hariharan
Cast: Om Puri, Deepti Naval, Dr. Shreeram Lagoo, Anjan Srivastava, Savita Prabhune.
Producer: NFDC Ltd.

Dance Like A Man
2003 | 101 mins. | Drama | English

Some two decades later, Jairaj and Ratna are now forced to confront their troubled past as Lata, their daughter, prepares for her arrangetram or debut as a dancer. Into this memory laden house, Lata brings her fiance, Vishal, to meet her parents. Exposed to an environment alien to his own, Vishal in some ways acts as a catalyst to reveal the dark secrets of the family's relationships and its generational conflicts.

Director: Pamela Rooks
Cast: Shobana, Arif Zakaria, Anoushka Shankar, Samir Soni, Mohan Agashe
Producer: NFDC Ltd.

Dance Of The Wind
1999 | 86 mins. | Social | Hindi

Set in contemporary New Delhi, the film captures the 5000-year-old tradition of passing on the legacy of Hindustani music, taught by parent to child, by Guru to disciple, over generations. A young singer’s successful professional life comes to a sudden halt at the death of her mother and teacher. The film traces her downfall and recovery thought the help of her mother's guru, and a mysterious young girl, Tara.

Director: Rajan Khosa
Cast: Kitu Gidwani, Bhaveen Gosain, Roshan Bano, B. C. Sanyal, Kapila Vatsayan
Producer: NFDC Ltd.


London Film Festival 1997 Audience Award,

Festival Of 3 Ontinents 1997,

Chicago Festival 1998 Gold Plaque,

Venice Film Festival 1997 Selected For Critics Week,

Rotterdam Film Festival 1998 Best Asian Film (Netpac Award),

British Asian Film Festival 1998 Best Director.

2000 | 120 mins. | Drama | Hindi

Sunil, an NRI married to an American girl is returning to Kolkata after 15 years to see his father who has never reconciled to his marriage. A shock awaits him when he learns that his father has disappeared and no one knows where he has gone. The only people who could know are his sister Ruma who lives in Banaras, his younger brother Anil in Mumbai and their old servant Sambhu. With a deep sense of guilt Sunil hits upon a clue that suggests his father had spent the last few years at an old age home near Kolkata. The final blow is the discovery that his father had died a few months earlier and had been cremated because no one had claimed the body. It is at the home that Sunil meets Satyababu, who tells him that his father cared more for his children than they did for him.

Director: Gul Bahar Singh
Cast: Rajit Kapoor, A.K. Hangal, Kritika Desai, Anjan Srivastav.
Producer: NFDC Ltd.

"Devi" Ahilyabai
2002 | 145 mins. | Hindi | Historical

History is made
Not by Warriors and Kings,
But by Simple Women,
Wives and Widows . . .

Born in an unknown dhangar (shepherd) family in the late 1720's Ahilya became the daughter- in-law of Malharrao Holkar, the first Maratha Subhedar (Governor) of Malwa in Central India. Ahilya was in her twenties and a mother of two children when the sudden death of her husband Khanderao led her towards sati - the ritual burning on husband's funeral pyre. Malharrao prevented this tragedy and groomed her into handling administrative duties for the Holkar State - thus Ahilya overcame barriers of tradition with austerity and hard work to achieve venerable social status at a young age.

Her daughter's delayed marriage, her errant son's descent into madness and political intrigue over issues of succession of Malwa leadership have all become folk legends, but her piety and dedication raised her to an exalted status of a religious reformer and an ideal ruler who initiated, executed and maintained an Empire of Charities; from Dwarka to Benares and from Hrishikesh to Rameshwaram she created an identity of a united India above and beyond any political boundaries of the time.

"Devi" Ahilyabai is not just a bio-epic or docu-drama, but with scintillating music including sixteen songs, a historic film that integrates facts, folklore and legend that together underline the inherent contradictions between the rights and duties of rulers in our society.

Director: Nachiket & Jayoo Patwardhan
Cast: Mallika Prasad, Sadashiv Amrapurkar, Shabana Azmi, Satish Alekar, Omkar Arjunwadkar, Surabhi Ganguli, Chetan Pandit, Hrishikesh Joshi,Ganesh Yadav, Prakash Dhotre, Jayant Sawarkar, Praveen Tarde, Bharti Jaffery
Producer: NFDC & Ministry of Tourism & Culture, Department of Culture, Government of Maharashtra

1991 | 120 mins. | Colour | Social

Dharavi, brings to life the squalid corruption and crime-ridden expanse of the largest slum in Asia. The fast paced plot brings us a buoyant and susceptible Rajkaran who hires rides as a cabbie and lives in a cubbyhole with his wife Kunda (Shabana Azmi) and son. Rajkaran is possessed with the desire to own a cloth factory, and making better his life's situations, he pledges all his resources to this sole dream of making it big.

His only respite from hostile realities and underhanded friends that threaten to destruct his dream is the gorgeous Bollywood starlet Madhuri Dixit; his make believe fantasy and only solace.

Director: Sudhir Mishra

Editor: Renu Saluja

Music: Rajat Dholakia

Cast: Om Puri, Shabana Azmi, Raghuvir Yadav, Virendra Saxena, and Madhuri Dixit in a special appeareance.


National Award for Best Editing - 1992

National Award for Best Feature Film in Hindi - 1992

National Award for Best Music Director - 1992

1991 | 120 mins. | Colour | Hindi | Social

Acharya Udupa is a vedic scholar running a residential school - a gurukul. An austere man demanding rigorous discipline from the novices under training, he accepts the latest disciple, Nanni, with the utmost reluctance. Nanni's training begins at two levels, the formal one with the Acharya, informal one with a couple of fellow novices. Also living with Udupa is Yamuna, his young daughter, a widow, whose life has a secret side to it. She is in love with the local schoolmaster - a forbidden, abhorrent idea for the Brahmin society. One night, during the Acharya's absence from the village, Yamuna has an intimate meeting with the schoolmaster. She becomes pregnant, and a target for the full orthodox society.

Director: Arun Kaul

Camera: A. K. Bir

Editor: Adesh Verma

Music: Mohinderjit Singh

Cast: Nana Patekar, Manohar Singh, Ashish Mishra, Rajashri Sawant


National Award for Best Editing - 1992

National Award Best Film in Hindi - 1992

Film Fare Critics Award for Best Hindi Film - 1992

Film Fare Critics Award for Best Screenplay - 1992

Annonay International Film Festival, France - Prix Du Public (Audience Awards) for Best Film - 1992

Madhya Pradesh Development Corporation - Best Hindi Film - 1992


1995 | 140 mins. | Colour | Marathi | Social

The story of Gauri and Krishna - two ordinary middle-class girls; who as their fate would have it fall into different circumstances in life. After her husband's fatal accident, Gauri comes to her poor brother in Bombay only to become a sex worker. Krishna tries to help her, but in vain.

Director: Sumitra Bhave, Sunil Sukhtankar

Camera: Charudatta Dukhandi

Editor: Sumitra Bhave and Sunil Sukhtankar

Music: Anand Modak

Cast: Renuka Daftardar, Amrita Subhash, Nilu Phule


Grand Jury Prize at Cinema Delle Donne, Italy

National Award for Best Film on Social Issue - 1996

Kalnirnay Awards for Best Director - 1997

V. Shantaram Award - 2nd Best Film, 2nd Best Director, Best Actress, Best Film on Other Social Issues, Best Female Playback, Special Jury Mention

Filmfare Award for Best Actres

Festival Participation

International Film Festival - 1996

Mannheim International Film Festival, Germany - 1996

Mill Valley International Film Festival, California - 1996

International Cinema Delle Ponne Torino, Italy

4th Women's International Film Festival, Italy - 1997

25th Belgrade International Film Festival, Yugoslavia - 1997

London Film Festival - 1996

Cairo International Film Festival, Egypt - 1996

1973 | 82 mins. | Color | Hindi

A girl Lachhi, is married to a merchant's son, Kishanlal. He brings her to his village but leaves her immediately to go away on business. Lachhi is left to her own devices.
Meanwhile a ghost falls in love with her and assumes the form of her husband and begins to live with her. Soon she finds herself pregnant with a child.
The husband returns…a dilemma arises…
The film moves on two planes - inside-outside, dark-light, a structure that exists in the folk tales and myths the world over.

Director: Mani Kaul

Editor: Ravi Patnaik

Cast: Ravi Menon, Raisa Padamsee


National Award for Best Director - 1974

Fimfare Critics Award for Best Film - 1974

Festival Participation

Berlin International Film Festival - Form for New Cinema (Interim Award Recommendation) - 1975

Ek Din Achanak
1988 | 105 mins. | Social | Hindi

Calcutta: one day the city is crippled by a heavy downpour. Everything goes topsy turvy. A professor who has gone out for a while doesn't return home for months, leaving his family in great anxiety. In the vacuum created by his absence, the family finds itself trapped in a new emotional world.

Director: Mrinal Sen
Cast: Shabana Azmi, Dr. Sreeram Lagoo, Aparna Sen, Rupa Ganguly.
Producer: NFDC & Doordarshan


Bengali Film Journalists Association Award 1989 - Best Director, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Screenplay, Best Art Director, Best Editor.

National Award 1989 - Best Supporting Actress.

Ek Doctor Ki Maut
1990 | 122 mins. | Colour | Hindi | Social

After years of painstaking research at the cost of his domestic pleasure, Dr. Dipankar Roy discovers a vaccine for leprosy. The news is flashed over television and overnight; an insignificant junior doctor receives international recognition. Professional jealousy and abuse of power threaten Dr. Roy, even as the Secretary of Health reprimands him for breaking the news to the press. He is asked to report to the Director of Health. Professional colleagues Dr. Arijit Sen and Dr. Ramananda invite him to a lecture but it is merely a pretence to humiliate him. Dr. Roy suffers a mild heart attack but he refuses to go to the hospital. His wife and few others like Dr. Kundu stand by Dr. Roy, but the harassment continues; a letter from an American foundation is suppressed and Dr. Roy transferred to a remote village. The last straw is two American doctors receiving credit for discovering the same vaccine. Dr. Roy is shattered.

Director | Script | Music: Tapan Sinha

Camera: Soumendu Roy

Editor: Subodh Roy

Cast: Shabana Azmi, Pankaj Kapur, Irfan Khan, Deepa Sahi, Vijayendra Ghadge


National Award for Second Best Film & Best Director - 1991

Special Jury Award for Best Actor - 1991

Bengal Film Journalists Association Awards for Best Film, Best Director - 1991

Festival Participation

37th Film Fare Award for Best Screenplay - 1991

Red Cross Film Festival, Sofia (Bulgaria) 1991

Ek Ghar
1989 | 98 mins. | Drama | Hindi

Rajanna and Geeta arrive in the city in the fond hope of building a cosy little home. When they discover just such a house their happiness knows no bounds. Things are fine till, one day, a workshop opens up next door and brings with it a wide variety of sounds. When the noise crosses the bounds of tolerance, Rajanna is indignant but cannot do much, until he discovers that his wife has achieved the impossible task of getting the shed vacated, but only by yielding to the demands of the police inspector. Rajanna now wants to take Geeta away from the environment. He seeks the help of the workmen who had earlier occupied the shed, but discovers that their slum is being demolished to make way for a multinational.

Director: Girish Kasaravali

Cast: Naseeruddin Shah, Deepti Naval, Rohini Hattangady.
Producer: NFDC Ltd.

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