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.


Izahaq: The Smoke on the Altar

Film: Izahaq: The Smoke on the Altar, India

Director: Charles Kollannoor Chakkunny

Cast: Erick Zacharia, Rajesh Sharma, Gokulan, Rukmani Amma, Krishnan Potty, Manju Sathish

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.



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.


Ralang Road

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.



Film: Revelations, India

Director: Vijay Jayapal

Cast: Chetan Kadambi, Lakshmi Priyaa, Chandramouli Anantharaman, Karthik, Arpita Banerjee

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.


The Bioscopewala

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.