'Bombairiya' to 'Hamid': 11 Indies to look forward to in 2019

Independent films have a growing attraction for audiences as the audiences are craving for a great line up of actors and an impeccable story line.  Photograph:( WION Web Team )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Jan 09, 2019, 04.00 PM (IST)

While 2018 has been a tremendously successful year for content-driven cinema; it was good stories that won the hearts and the moolah. With growing demand for fresh ideas, fresh scripts, a great deal of films which were not expected to do extremely well at the box office, have gone on to become massive successes, preceding over films which starred superstarse or the big ticket films. Indie or independent films have a growing attraction for audiences as the audiences are craving for a great line up of actors and an impeccable story line. 

While the new year is filled with massive ensembles, big action dramas, biopics, here is a look at the smaller indie films which should be on everyone’s watch list for 2019. 

'Bombairiya' is a black comedy-drama film directed by Pia Sukanya and written and produced by Michael E. Ward. The film stars Radhika Apte, Siddhanth Kapoor, Akshay Oberoi, Adil Hussain, Ravi Kishan, Amit Sial, Ajinkya Deo and Shilpa Shukla. It’s a story where lead actress Radhika gets involved in a series of events as her phone gets stolen. 'Bombairiya' is scheduled to release on 11 January 2019.


'Hamid' is a heartwarming tale of a relationship between a widowed mother and a young son who loses his father in the unrest set in the backdrop of Kashmir. The film narrates the current scenario of Kashmir and how it impacts on the people who live there. The story is about an eight year-old Hamid who learns that 786 is God's number and decides to try and reach out to God, by dialling this number. The film stars Rasika Dugal, Vikas Kumar and Talha Arshad Reshi. 'Hamid' is produced by Saregama's, Yoodlee Films and directed by Aijaz Khan.


No Fathers In Kashmir
'No Fathers In Kashmir' has been directed by India’s youngest director to be nomianted for Oscars and has already won two National Awards, Ashvin Kumar. Ashvin’s film is a love story of two innocent 16 year olds who are met with the same fortune of having lost their fathers who have disappeared in Kashmir with no certainty of their return. The love-struck teenagers, in their search, uncover the hidden secrets of the lost fathers of Kashmir. The film stars the two kids Zara Webb, Shivam Rana in addition to having an impressive ensemble cast comprising of Kulbulshan Kharbanda, Soni Razdan and Anshuman Jha.


The movie 'Kaamyaab' is about a seasoned character actor played by Sanjay Mishra who decides to come out of retirement and realize that all his life he did something, but missed out on one little thing, that makes his life incomplete. It's about a character actor who did many roles but didn't do one important role. Kaamyaam is produced by Eros and Drishyam Films. It also starts Deepak Dobriyal and Isha Talwar in pivotal roles. It’s been directed by National Award-winning filmmaker Hardik Mehta.

Pind Daan
'Pind Daan' is a Hindi movie that will mark the directorial debut of veteran actress Seema Pahwa who is known for her roles in films like 'Shubh Mangal Savdhan', 'Bareilly Ki Barfi' amongst many others. The cast of the film will have popular actors Vikrant Massey, Naseeruddin Shah, Vinay Pathak, Manoj Pahwa, Konkana Sen, Deepika Amin and Ninad Kamat. The film is expected to be a family drama and the makers will commence shooting early next year. 'Pind Daan' is produced under the banners Jio Studios and Drishyam Films.

Tryst with Destiny
The film 'Tyst with Destiny' is a reference to Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru’s speech to Parliament on August 14, 1947. The film focuses on social issues that India has been going through since independence in four-part stories. The cast includes Vineet Kumar Singh, Geetanjali Thapa, Amit Sial, Prakash Raj and Suhasini Maniratnam. It’s been produced under the banner Drishyam Films and Backup Media. The film is being directed by Prashant Nair.

The film 'Pashmina' is a film narrated through the point of view of a young Kashmiri girl. Pashmina touches off an interlocking story involving four different people with separate lives colliding with each other. The film stars Aditi Rao Hydari, Shweta Tripathi, Dulquer Salmaan, Zaira Wasim, Ronit Roy, Soni Razdan, Farida Jalal. Pashmina is directed by Danish Renzu.

The Storyteller
Actor and director Ananth Mahadevan will be retelling Satyajit Ray’s 'The Storyteller' in Hindi that will feature Naseeruddin Shah, Paresh Rawal, Revathi and Tannishtha Chatterjee as its main cast. 'The Storyteller' is one adventurous ride which surprises the audiences at times. 'The Storyteller' is a story of an uncle who turns a storyteller after he retires from his job.

Yours Truly
'Yours Truly' is a romantic drama film directed by National Award winner Sanjoy Nag. The film stars Soni Razdan, Pankaj Tripathi, Aahana Kumra and Mahesh Bhatt in a special appearance. It is an official adaptation of one of the stories from the book 'LOVE STORIES #1 TO 14' authored by Annie Zaidi. The film is produced by Shiladitya Bora under Platoon One. Actor-director Soni Razdan is all set to share screen space with husband filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt for the first time in Yours Truly. 


Albert Pinto Ko Gussa Kyun Aata Hai
'Albert Pinto Ko Gussa Kyun Aata Hai' is the modern version of Saeed Akhtar Mirza’s classic starring Naseeruddin Shah and Smita Patil with the same name released in 1980. Soumitra Ranade is all set to revamp the classic into a riveting tale of the protagonist played by Manav Kaul attempting to avenge his father's death. The film also stars Nandita Das, Saurabh Shukla and Kishor Kadam. The film is said to be a road movie and interestingly Nandita Das will be seen playing seven characters in the film.


After his successful debut with 'The Lunchbox' producer and director Ritesh Batra’s studio Poetic License Motion Pictures, is all set to bring another masterpiece with his next Photograph. The film traces the life of struggling street photographer played by Nawazuddin Siddiqui, who persuades, a reclusive stranger played by Sanya Malhotra, to pose as his fiancée to escape the pressures of marriage from family.


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While the new year is filled with massive ensembles, big action dramas, biopics, here is a look at the smaller indie films which should be on everyone’s watch list