Vikram Vedha

Tamil, 2017; crime thriller
Director: Pushkar, Gayatri
Date of Release: July 21, 2017

Vikram Vedha is a Tamil language crime thriller in which a tough police officer sets out to track down and kill an equally tough gangster. The movie has R.Madhavan and Shraddha Srinath in prominent roles. The cast also includes Vijay Sethupathi and Varalaxmi Sarathkumar. It is touted to be neo noir action crime thriller film. According to the director, it is inspired from the folk tale series Vikramathithan Vedhalam. Madhavan plays an encounter specialist and Vijay Sethupati will be seen as a crook.


THONDIMUTHALUM DRIKSAKSHIYUM

Malayalam, 2017; drama thriller
Director: Dileesh Pothan
Date of Release: July 29, 2017

This is a 2017 Malayalam language drama thriller film directed by Dileesh Pothan and written by Sajeev Pazhoor. It stars Fahadh Faasil, Suraj Venjaramoodu, Nimisha Sajayan and Alencier Ley Lopez in lead roles.

The story revolves around a couple who elope and get married because of opposition to their relation from their parents. Their lives are disrupted by a petty thief who steals few of their precious belongings.


A Death in the Gunj

Hindi, 2016; drama thriller
Director: Konkona Sen Sharma
Date of Release: June 2, 2017

Set in 1979 in the resort town of McCluskieganj, a relaxing family holiday in the country becomes tense as life for a shy young man slowly falls to pieces. Directed by acclaimed actor Konkona Sen Sharma in her directing debut. The ensemble cast includes Vikrant Massey, Tilottama Shome, Om Puri, Kalki Koechlin, Gulshan Devaiah and others.

The film's World premiere took place at the 21st annual 2016 Toronto International Film Festival on 10 September 2016. Its Asian premiere was held at the 21st Busan International Film Festival on 7 October 2016. It was chosen as the Opening Film for the 18th Mumbai Film Festival where it was screened on 21 October 2016 and where director Konkona Sensharma received the 'MasterCard Best India Female Filmmaker 2016 Award'. A Death in the Gunj also had its US premiere as the Opening Film of its 13th South Asian International Film Festival on the night of 30 November 2016. It released in India on June 2, 2017.


Anatomy of Violence

Hindi, 2016; drama
Director: Deepa Mehta
Date of Release: September 12, 2016

Using improvisational techniques, the director and her group of actors try to examine and analyze the causes leading up to a gang rape in Delhi in 2012, a case that made world wide headlines. They look at factors such as poverty, the caste system, and social values as they imagine what might have led the rapists to do what they did.

This is a Canadian production, directed by Deepa Mehta (nominated for an Academy Award for her film “Water”). The script was The film's script was created by a group of actors including Vansh Bhardwaj, Tia Bhatia, Janki Bisht and Seema Biswas. The film had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2016.


Bahubali 2: The Conclusion

Telugu, 2017; period action drama
Director: S. S. Rajamouli
Date of Release: April 28, 2017

Bahubali 1 and 2 together form the most expensive Indian production, and Bahubali 2 has become the highest grossing Indian film ever and still going strong. Released in four languages, it draws on elements reminiscent of Indian epics such as the Ramayana and Mahabharata, while telling an original story with spell binding visual effects.

Directed by S. S. Rajamouli, who has an unbroken record of success with all his films so far, Bahubali 1:The Beginning opened the 1st IFFA in 2015, and went on to win India's National Award as the Best Film of the year. The stellar cast consists of Prabhas (in a dual role), Rana Daggubati, Ramya Krishna, Anushka Shetty, Satyaraj, Nasser, Tamannah, and others. It is a fantastic spectacle made to be experienced on the big screen.


Bishorjon

Bengali, 2016; romance, drama
Director: Kaushik Ganguly
Date of Release: April 14, 2016

A cross-border and inter-religious love story of a young Hindu widow in Bangladesh and a Muslim man from India whom she finds unconscious on the border between the two countries. Whether she would be able to hide his identity and nationality from curious people in her village forms the crux of the story. The film won India's National Award for Best Bengali film in April, 2017.

This is the third film from director Kaushik Ganguly to be screened at IFFA. His film Shabdo was shown in the 1st IFFA, and Cinemawala was shown in the 2nd IFFA last year. It stars Abir Chatterjee and Joya Ahsan in the lead roles.


Breakaway

English, 2011; sports comedy
Director: Robert Lieberman
Date of Release: September 30,2011

Rajveer Singh is struggling to balance the wishes of his traditional Sikh family and his own true passion for hockey. Raj and his friends play only for fun, held back by the prejudice and mockery of other teams as their turban-clad crew steps onto the ice. Enter Coach Dan Winters and soon the Speedy Singhs are competing in a real tournament, while Raj is falling in love with the coach’s beautiful sister, Melissa.

Breakaway is a Canadian production, the debut of writer-actor VinayVirmani, who stars in the film along with Camilla Belle, Rob Lowe, Anupam Kher, and Russell Peters. It is directed by Robert Lieberman.Though many compared it to the British film Bend It Like Beckham, Breakaway has uniquely Canadian perspective on cultural conflict, and a different solution


Kaatru Vellyidai

Tamil, 2017; romance
Director: Mani Ratnam
Date of Release: April 7, 2017

Set in the backdrop of the Kargil War of 1999, the film narrates the story of an Indian military pilot who recalls his romance with a doctor in the lead up to the war, while being kept as a prisoner of war at a jail in Rawalpindi, Pakistan. Directed by Mani Ratnam, starring Karthi and Aditi Rao Hydari. Music by A. R. Rehman.

Mani Ratnam, who produced and directed this film, has a long standing interest in looking at how love develops under unusual circumstances. His collaboration with the Academy Award winning music director A. R. Rehman has been very successful, with gems like Roja and Dil Se for two examples.


Karsandas Pay and Use

Gujarati, 2017; romantic comedy
Director: Krishnadev Yagnik
Date of Release: May 19, 2017

The protagonist of the film is Tilok, who runs and administers a pay and use toilet with his younger brother Sundar. One complication is that Tilok and Jaya belong to different castes. While mainly a feel good love story, the film also includes some subtle social commentary. The film is written and directed by Krishnadev Yagnik and stars Mayur Chauhan, Deeksha Joshi, and Hemang Shah.

Though a much smaller than the Hindi and Punjabi film industries, Gujarati films have their own unique place in Indian cinema.


Lipstick Under My Burkha

Hindi, 2017; drama
Director: Alankrita Shrivastava
Date of Release: July 21,2017

The film revolves around four Indian women, from ages 18 to 55 – a burqa-clad college girl, a young beautician, a mother of three, and an aging widow – living in a small town who assert their personal and sexual rights. Please note that the film has mature content, and is for adults only. Directed by Alankrita Shrivastava, and starring Konkona Sen Sharma, Ratna Pathak, Aahana Kumra, and Plabita Borthakur in lead roles.

The film premiered at the Tokyo Film Festival, where it won the Spirit of Asia award, and at the Mumbai Film Festival, where it won Oxfam’s Inaugural Gender Equality in Film Award. The film was initially denied a censor certificate for release due to its language and sexual situations; but this decision was overruled by the Appelate Tribunal. The director made a few voluntary edits, but is satisfied that these do not affect the film's theme or narrative.


Fidaa

Telugu, 2017; drama
Director: Sekhar Kammula
Date of Release: July 21, 2017

Fidaa is a Telugu romance film written and directed by Sekhar Kammula.It features Varun Tej and Sai Pallavi in the lead roles which marks the latter's debut in Telugu. Principal photography commenced in August 2016.


Newton

Hindi, 2016; black comedy
Director: Amit V Masurkar
Date of Release: February 10, 2017

Newton Kumar, a rookie government clerk is sent on election duty to a town controlled by the Naxalite terrorist group in the conflict-ridden jungles of Chhattisgarh, India. Faced with the apathy of security forces and the looming fear of guerrilla attacks by the communist rebels, he tries his best to conduct free and fair voting despite the odds stacked against him. It is directed by Amit V Masurkar and stars Rajkumar Rao and others.

The film premiered at the Berlin Film Festival, where it won the Confédération Internationale des Cinémas d’Art et d’Essai (International Confederation of Art Cinemas) award as best film in the Forum Section.


Take Off

Malayalam, 2017; drama
Director: Mahesh Narayan
Date of Release: March 24,2017

Take Off is inspired by the real-life rescue of Indian nurses who were stranded in Tikrit, Iraq, during the country’s civil war in 2014. The film follows the life of its protagonist Sameera, a strong-willed nurse who along with her husband travels to Iraq for work. ISIS militants soon take control of their hospital. Will they make it out alive from the crisis? Directed by Mahesh Narayan, it stars Fahadh Faasil, Parvathy, and Kunchacko Boban in the lead roles.

The capture of the nurses in July, 2014 was a major challenge for the newly elected Indian government, which took office in May. With no normal diplomatic channels to work through, and even humanitarian agencies saying they had no network to rely on, it took a combination of official diplomacy and private enterprise to effect the rescue.


Ventilator

Marathi, 2016; comedy drama
Director: Rajesh Mapuskar
Date of Release: November 4,2016

The film tells the story of a joint family whose eldest and most respected person, Gajju Kaka, goes into a coma a few days before the Ganesh Chaturthi festival. Will he die during the festival and ruin the celebrations? Everyone from the family and neighbourhood visits Gajju Kaka at the hospital, praying for his speedy recovery, each one having his or her own reasons for it. Directed by Rajesh Mapuskar, the film uses an ensemble cast of more than 100 actors.

The film won three National Awards, for Best Director, Best Editing and Best Sound Mixing.


Wrong Side Raju

Gujarati, 2016; thriller
Director: Mikhil Musale
Date of Release: September 9,2016

This film was inspired by a hit and run case which happened in Ahmedabad in 2013. Two constables are investigating an elderly man at a and a checkpoint when a speeding car knocks out the checkpoint, killing the constables and seriously injuring the man. Raju, a driver by day and a bootlegger by night, is accused of the crime. Can Raju save himself? Directed by Mikhil Musale, the film stars Pratik Gandhi, Kimberley Louisa McBeath, and Asif Basra.

This film won the National Award for Best Film in Gujarati at the 64th National Film Awards in April, 2017.


When the Woods Bloom

Malayalam, 2016; thriller
Director: Dr Biju
Date of Release: September, 2016

When the Woods Bloom is a 2016 Indian Malayalam film written and directed by Dr. Biju. It stars Indrajith Sukumaran as a policeman, who is sent into deep jungles to capture the chief of a radical organization, played by Rima Kallingal, but instead finds himself trapped in it.


Subero Gham

Hindi, 2014; thriller
Director: Naresh Khanna
Date of Release: December, 2014

Suberau Ghaam is a Garhwali film directed by Naresh Khanna and produced by Urmi Negi. The film features Urmi Negi, Balraj Negi, Baldev Rana, Ghananand in the lead roles. The film is against the consumption of alcohol, and the dangers of alcoholism.Suberau Ghaam is a Garhwali film directed by Naresh Khanna and produced by Urmi Negi. The film features Urmi Negi, Balraj Negi, Baldev Rana, Ghananand in the lead roles. The film is against the consumption of alcohol, and the dangers of alcoholism.