20 Films from South Asia that you can't miss to watch this year
WION Edge: Debuting in Film Bazaar of International Film Festival of India, these movies from South Asia explore various issues on love, relationships and complexities of life
A Dream Document
Film: A Dream Document, India
Director: Rupak Das
Cast: Manoj Bajpayee, Smita Tambe, Kumud Mishra and Adarsh Gaurav
Plot: Follows the story of young people from Mumbai who dream of stardom.
Film: Bhasmasur, India
Director: Nishil Sheth
Cast: Imraan Rasheed
Plot: Follows the story of a poor villager under heavy debt who decides to sell his donkey to the city, and sets off on a journey by foot with his son.
Buddhagram by Kabir Mehta
Film: Buddhagram, India
Director: Kabir Mehta
Plot: It is an inventive documentary with risqu? scenes from the life of a flamboyant cricketer.
Ghode Ko Jalebi Khilane Le Ja Riya Hoon
Film: Ghode Ko Jalebi Khilane Le Ja Riya Hoon (Taking The Horse To Eat Jalebis), India
Director: Anamika Haksar
Cast: Raghuvir Yadav, Ravindra Sahu, Lokesh Jain, Gopalan and 400 street people
Plot: The narrative of the film moves captures homeless and migrant communities, from minute to minute changing its space and structure with each unfolding event. The story moves between the real and the dream.
Film: Idgah, India
Director: Piyush Panjuani
Cast: Shabana Azmi
Plot: The film is said to be based on Hindi writer Premchand?s short story of the same name.
Plot: This film explores the biblical parallel of the 'Abraham and Issac', going to the top of the mountain to offer a sacrifice as per god's instruction.
LAPACHHAPI (Hide N Seek)
Film: Lapachhapi (Hide N Seek), India
Director: Vishal Furia
Cast: Pooja Sawant, Usha Naik and Vikram Gaikwad
Plot: The film is a horror and social drama following a haunting story of a young couple based in the heartland of India.
Film: Limitless, India
Director: Vrinda Samartha
Plot: The documentary made by a group of women from Bengaluru, encourages women to chase their passion for running. The film also captures the achievements and struggles of women runners.
Matir Projar Deshe
Film: Matir Projar Deshe, Bangladesh
Director: Imtiaz Ahmed Bijon
Cast: Jayanta Chattopadhyay, Rokeya Prachi, Mahmudur Aninda, Sheuli Aktar, Monir Ahmed Shakil and Chinmoyi Gupta
Plot: The film follows the story of a 10-year-old who loves his carefree life with his mum in rural Bangladesh, until the day his childhood friend and playmate is forced to become a child bride. Isolated and lost, Jamal finds the world a harsh reality when his hopes of getting new friends and attending school collide with his mother's past.
Film: Mehsampur, India
Director: Kabir Singh Chowdhry
Plot: The film narrates the real life story of a famous Punjabi composer and singer who along with his wife were gunned down by militants.
Film: Ralang Road, India
Director: IFFI, Film Festival, A Dream Document, films 2016, Goa festival
Cast: Shubham, Sonam Bhutia, Domber Mani Pradhan
Plot: An ordinary day. A chain of incidents. Four people. A cold town.
A Red Butterfly Dream (Rathu Samanala Sihinayak)
Film: A Red Butterfly Dream (Rathu Samanala Sihinayak), Sri Lanka
Director: Priyantha Kaluarachchi
Plot: The film is set in the post-war Sri Lanka and explores issues of love, spirituality, culture and lost relationships.
Film: Nimmo, India
Director: Rahul Shanklya
Cast: Dhanush, Anjali Patil, Karan Dave and Jinal Belani
Plot: Set in Jabalpur, "Nimmo" revolves around a nine year-old boy who is in love with a girl twice his age.
Plot: An indie film, the drama revolves around four people from Kolkata. The film features 70 per cent dialogues in Tamil and the rest in English.
Rukh (Unknown faces) by Atanu Mukherjee
Film: Rukh (Unknown faces), India
Director: Atanu Mukherjee
Plot:: The journey of a young boy trying to find out about his father's death that leads him to unexpected, unnerving revelations.
Sahaj Paather Gappo (Colours of Innocence)
Film: Sahaj Paather Gappo (Colours of Innocence), India
Director: Manas Mukul Pal
Plot: The film is based on the short story by famous writer Bibhutibhushan Bandyopadhyay. It reflects the struggles of a situationally challenged family.
Film: The Bioscopewala, India
Director: Deb Medhekar
Cast: Geetanjali Thapa, Tisca Chopra, Brijendra Kala and Adil Hussain
Plot: The film is an extrapolation of the story "Kabuliwala" by Rabindranath Tagore. It is inspired by the characters created by Tagore and begins where he left them in his story.
The Colour of Loss or Blue
Film: The Colour of Loss or Blue, India
Director: Aakash Bhatia
Plot: It is a father-son drama discussing several issues that a common person faces daily.
The Gold-Laden Sheep and The Sacred Mountain
Film: The Gold-Laden Sheep and The Sacred Mountain, India
Director: Ridham Janve
Plot: The story is about an old shepherd who sets out to find a pilot who crashed near the Sacred Mountain. There are others also in search, but none know how to navigate this forbidden land of cursed desires.
Withered leaf by Duminda Sanjeewa
Film: Withered Leaf, Sri Lanka
Director: Duminda Sanjeewa
Cast: Sampath Jayaweera, Lanka Bandaranayaka
Plot: The story explores the plight of widows and their children in Sri Lankan society.