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Paltadacho Munis
2009 | 96 mins. | Konkani | Social

Vinayak, a forest guard, lives a lonely life, with just the memories of his dead wife, in a Government house in the dense forests of Goa-Karnataka border. His repeatedly rejected pleas for a transfer by his superiors in the Department of Forests have left him bitter. One night, he comes across a filthy, unkempt mentally challenged woman lying in the compound outside his house. He drives her away but she keeps returning. From his initial irritation with her filthy appearance and irate behaviour, he slowly gets used to her daily visits looking for food and sleeping in the courtyard. With time, he begins to derive comfort from her presence.
Vinayak's growing relationship with the woman initially attracts some comments but evokes a strong protest in the village only when she gets pregnant. The villagers question Vinayak's right over the mentally challenged and helpless woman. They maintain that his relationship is morally incorrect and should be ended. However, for Vinayak, the woman is his companion and the mother of his child and there is no dilemma in his mind over this. Thus begins a conflict between a society that refuses to take responsibility of such a woman and one man's endeavour to integrate her in his life.

Director: Laxmikant Shetgaonkar

Producer: NFDC

Music Director: Veda Nair

Cast: Chittaranjan Giri, Veena Jamkar, Vasanth Josalkar, Prashanti Talpanker, Deepak Amonkar

Festival Participation / awards

National Award 2009 – Best Konkani Film

Toronto International Film Festival 2009 – FIPRESCI Award

Indian Film Festival Los Angeles – 2010 –Grand Jury Prize Best Film

2003 | 130 mins. | Malayalam | Social

Parinamam tackles the age old issue of loneliness and redundancy among the aged. Balakrishna Marar faces callous treatment from his family after his retirement. Parallel to his story is that of the mentally disturbed and lonely former judge Damodaran Nambeeshan, who goes to Kashi in search of peace. There are five other senior citizens whose problems form the basis of the film. The story is about all these good people whose lives fall apart when they grow old. They lose everything they hold dear and start feeling rejected, as if they are burdens on their family and society.

Director: Venu

Producer: NFDC

Cast: Matampu Kunjukuttan, Nedumudi Venu, Kaviyoor Ponnamma, Ashokan, Shalu Menon, Archana, T. P. Madhavan, Baby Nithya Ranjith

Festival Participation / awards

Ashdod International Film Festival, Israel - Best Screenplay Award

Malayalam Film Festival Dubai 2003

Chennai International Film Festival 2003

Indian Panorama 2003

1984 | 110 mins. | Colour | Hindi | Social

A rich middle-aged widow Damayanti, a high society patron of the arts, hosts a party in honour of Diwakar Barve, a celebrated playwright and novelist, who has received a prestigious literary award. The party attracts the literary and cultural elite of the town, as also the fawning cognoscenti, which trail in their wake. One name keeps cropping up in the course of the conversation - Amrit, a writer of immense talent and potential, once very much patronized by this set. Amrit, the powerful poet, left a promising literary career to join the tribal people in their struggle against exploitation. His attempt to bridge the chasm between words and deed haunts all others at the party. He is the invisible thread binding the tapestry of the film together, his enigmatic presence finally becoming more meaningful and poignant than all the rest.

Director | Screenplay: Govind Nihalani

Camera: Govind Nihalani

Editor: Renu Saluja

Cast: Vijaya Mehta, Amrish Puri, Om Puri, Rohini Hattangadi, Naseeruddin Shah, Deepa Sahi


National Award for Best Supporting Actress - 1985

Festival Participation

Asia Pacific Film Festival - Best Actress- 1985

1989 | 110 mins. | Social | Gujarati

There is something comical and pathetic about Percy, an awkward young man of 28, living alone with his aged mother in an old house tucked away in the Parsi colony in Bombay–a very middle-class setting. Though Banubai, Percy's mother, utterly dominates Percy's life, she does so with love and kindness. Percy holds a clerical position in a small Unani pharmacy, famous for its sexual restoratives. It is only at his place of work, where he wields some power, that Percy displays a measure of authority and self-assurance. One day, Percy discovers a fraud in the office accounts, as a consequence of which one of the junior employees is sacked. This event has far-reaching consequences in the lives of Percy and Banubai. Percy's peace is soon to be shattered.

Director: Pervez Merwanji
Cast: Ruby Patel, Kurush Debu, Hosi Vasune.
Producer: NFDC Ltd.



1987 | 130 mins. | Colour | Hindi | Social

Piroj and Pestonjee are two friends who get along well in spite of being so different in temperament. Piroj, an accountant, is reserved while Pestonjee, is an extrovert. Jeroo, a pretty girl and of marriageable age, is shown to both Piroj and Pestonjee on separate occasions. While Piroj dithers about marrying her, Pestonjee instantly makes up his mind, unaware that his friend has also seen and liked the same girl. Piroj is hurt, but it does not mar their friendship. Piroj is transferred to Bhusaval but continues to keep in touch. On a brief visit to Bombay he is shattered to discover that the marriage is on the verge of collapse.

Director: Vijaya Mehta

Camera: Rajan Kothari

Music: Vanraj Bhatia

Cast: Shabana Azmi, Anupam Kher, Naseeruddin Shah, Kiran Singh Thakur Kher


National Award for Best Film in Hindi - 1988
National Award for Best Costume Designer - 1988

Rui Ka Bojh (The Weight of Cotton)


1997 | 115 mins. | Colour | Hindi | Social

Kishunsah is a self-respecting, wise old man who decides to divide his property amongst his family the moment he suspects that all is not well between his sons and daughter-in-law. After the division, Kishunsah settles down with his youngest son, but his tranquil life comes to an end sooner than expected. He has to face the rewards of old age-the humiliation, the insults. He has no value now. One day he is thrown into the junk room to live. He feels completely detached from the family and decides to snap all ties and renounce the world forever.

Director: Subhash Agrawal

Camera: Mahesh Chandra

Editor: Aseem Sinha

Music: K. Narayan

Cast: Pankaj Kapur, Rima Lagoo, Raghuvir Yadav

Festival Participation | Awards

Zanzibar International Film Festival, 1998

16th FAJR International Film Festival, 1998


1994 | 102 mins. | Colour | Malayalam | Drama

A mysteriously seductive girl, Pennu ('the girl') comes to a quiet village, creating a strange chasm among male folks, breaking marriages and old friendships. Ummini, a trader who travels to the city and back providing a link for the village to the outer world, and Pennu eventually form a couple, but the turmoil she caused among the locals results in Chindan, a sugar mill operator, mistakenly knifing Ambu, a backward helper and drowning himself. Pennu is forced to leave the village in the end, having dislocated it with her sexuality.

Director: C P Padmakumar

Producer: NFDC

Cast: Murali, Nedumudi Venu, Archana

Edindurgh Film Festival Award – 1995 Best Of The Fest

Salaam Bombay

1988 | 113 mins. | Colour | Hindi | Drama

Salaam Bombay! is the gritty tale set in the red light district in Bombay and chronicles the day-to-day life of street children, drug-pushers, pimps and prostitutes. It follows the life of young Krishna who has come to the big city to earn Rs. 500 and is nurturing the dream of going back to his mother someday. Shot on real locations, Mira Nair's debut film Salaam Bombay! was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 1989.

Director: Mira Nair

Producer: Mirabai Films

Cast: Nana Patekar, Raghubir Yadav, Aneeta Kanwar, Shafiq Syed, Hansa Vithal, Irrfan Khan

National Award 1989 - Best Feature Film In Hindi

National Award 1989 - Best Child Artist

Cannes Film Festival 1988 - Camera D'or

Academy Award 1989 - Nomination For Best Foreign Film

Salim Langde Pe Mat Ro
Don't Cry For Salim The Lame

1989 | 120 mins. | Colour | Hindi | Social

Salim, the young man with a limp, inhabits a twilight zone. At one level, he belongs to a respectable, proud, though poor family. Salim's roots go deep into this congested, impoverished Muslim neighbourhood. But Salim has also discovered another world, a world of deceptive charm and fatal allurement, organized crime, where a little intimidation, flashing of a knife, unspoken threats of concrete 'mob' action, bring in quick, easy bucks. Tears, and the price to be paid, come later.

Director | Story: Saeed Aktar Mirza

Camera: Virendra Saini

Music: Sharang Dev

Cast: Pavan Malhotra, Makarand Deshpande, Ashutosh Gowariker, Rajendra Gupta, Neelima Azim, Vikram Gokhale & Surekha Sikri


National Award for Best Hindi Feature Film and Cinematography - 1990

Bengal Film Journalists Association Award for Best Cameraman - 1990

Festival Participation

Special Mention by the Fipresci Jury of the Tokyo International Film Festival, Japan -1989

FAJR Film Festival, Iran - 1990

London International Film Festival, UK - 1990

Cairo International Film Festival, Egypt - 1990

Indian Panorama of International Film Festival of India - 1990

The Grey Mare

1994 | 112 mins. | Colour | Manipuri | Social

Revolving round the central character Sanabi or the grey mare, the film developes a story about Sakhi, a divorced woman, and Sakhi's childhood friend who wants to marry her. In order to demand a yes from her, the man steals away her dear mare. Sakhi fights with the man to regain the control of the grey mare.

Director | Screenplay | Music: Aribam Syam Sarma

Camera: Sunny Joseph

Editor: Ujjal Nandy

Cast: Harongbam Deberi, R. K. Sushila, T. Nobo Kumar


National Award for Best Feature Film in Manipuri - 1996

V. Santaram Award - 1997

Special Jury Award for Best Direction

Festival Participation

Indian Panorama International Film Festival of India

North Film Festival - 1996

Cairo International Film Festival - 1996

1996 | 165 mins. | Colour | Hindi | Social

The amendment in the law making it compulsory for one-third of the Gram Panchayat representatives to be women, is not received favourbly by the rulling Sarpanch of the village, Thakur Ratan Singh. Although he puts up a front of being in favour of the idea, along with his son Inder Singh, he conspires to field wives of friends, whom he hopes he can control through their husbands and through the caste network. Vidya, wife of Bhanwar Singh who is indebted to the Thakur, is one of the newly elected women Panchayat members. Vidya, who is educated, notices that the political empowerment of women is only on paper and in reality decision-making still continues to be with the manipulative old guard. Vidya decides it is time for a change.

Director | Camera | Editor: Govind Nihalani

Music: Vishal Bhardwaj

Cast: Vanya Joshi, Lalit Parimoo, Manoj Bajpai, Uttara Baokar, Utkarsha Naik, Kavita Rayirath, Vineeta Kumar, Anupam Shyam, Kishore Kadam & Aditya Srivastav

Shesha Drushti
1997 | 125 mins. | Colour | Oriya | Comedy

Kedar Babu is a freedom fighter since the days of Gandhiji's call for a Civil Disobedience Movement. Kedar Babu lost his wife at an early stage of his marriage. Since then, he has brought up his only son Sangram with all paternal affection. In town, Sangram stays in the house of a zamindar Bahadur Suryakant Singh, where there is a gradual moral decline. This puts him in a state of dilemma and delusion. In the last encounter with his father, Sangram experiences a new perception of life, illuminated with anxiety.

Director: A. K. Bir

Editor: Aseem Sinha

Music: Bhavdeep Jaipurwale

Cast: Neeraj Kavi, Surat Pujari, Narendra Mohanty and Neelam Mukherjee


National Award - Best Film in Oriya

Festival Participation

11th Singapore Film Festival - 1998

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