While we gorge on the candy floss films of Bollywood, most of us tend to forget the humble yet significant indie films that releases every year. But times are changing. This year, Rajat Kapoor’s Aankhon Dekhi bagged three Filmfare Awards for Best Story, Critics Award for Best Movie and Critics Award for Best Actor. Arup Singh’s Qissa has also impressed the critics as well as the public with its bold and evocative performances.
For those who are craving some more good cinema, sans the wet saris, some random songs on daaru and melodramatic mothers, good things await you. Here’s a list of films that will restore your faith in contemporary cinema.
Brewing a fresh take on love and loss, Manu Warrier’s film Coffee Bloom is all set to release on March 6. The film was screened last year at the Mumbai International Film Festival. It stars Arjun Mathur in the lead role.
The Spectacular Jihad of Taz Rahim
Those of you who are waiting to see more of the talented Monica Dogra on the big screen, buckle up! Monica Dogra will soon be seen in debutant director Raghav Murali’s The Spectacular Jihad of Taz Rahim. Dogra will be seen as a young journalist, Sabrina Jawan, who gets caught in a chaotic NYPD operation. The film is slated to release in May.
Avinash Arun’s Marathi film Killa is slated to release in May this year. Set in the picturesque Konkan region, the film traces the universal conflict of migration and its impact upon children. It won the Crystal Bear for the Best Film at the 64th Berlin International Film Festival.
Choone Chali Aasman/Margarita, with a Straw
Yes, it is finally releasing this April! Premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival, the BFI London Film Festival and the Busan Film Festival, Choone Chali Aasman is the poignant story of Laila, a young girl with cerebral palsy, and her journey through sexual, academic and emotional self-discovery. The lead character is played by Kalki Koechlin.
Directed by Bikas Ranjan Mishra, Chauranga has already garnered critical acclaim abroad and on home ground. It won the Golden Gateway of India Award for Best Film at the 16th Mumbai Film Festival. The film deals with the much-abused caste system of India. It traces the story of a mother and her two young sons, who are humiliated in their village for their caste. The film will release in April, 2015.
Don’t miss out on these films this year!