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5 Regional Language Movies From Mumbai Film Festival No Cine Buff Should Miss

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Are you a film addict? Go beyond Bollywood this time and check out India’s diverse regional language cinema!
From Marathi to Manipuri, Tata Sky is bringing you the movies that are taking the world by storm. Get your friends together every weekend this October and November for #FilmFestAtHome!

Fandry

1. Language: Marathi
2. Awards: Best Debut Director, Best Child Artist – National Film Awards, Best Film – Mumbai International Film Festival, and more
Cast: Kishore Kadam, Somnath Avghade, Suraj Pawar, Chhaya Kadam, Nagraj Manjule, Rajeshwari Kharat

 

Nagraj Manjule’s film has received rave reviews from critics and audience alike. A charming story about young love set against a charged social context, Fandry is about growing up and fighting for your place in the world.
Why watch?

If excellent cinematography, background score, and writing don’t tempt you, watch it for Somnath Avgadhe’s winning smile.

  
Qissa
1. Language: Punjabi
2. Awards: Best Actors- International Film Festival of Queensland, Silver Gateway for India Gold- Mumbai Film Festival
Cast: Irrfan Khan, Tillotama Shome, Rasika Dugal, Tisca Chopra

An identity is constructed by a number of factors- social, political, sexual. Qissa explores them in this film about a father of three daughters who desperately wants his fourth child to be a boy.
Why watch?
The superb acting performances of Dugal, Shome, Khan, and Chopra is the highlight in this film that defies social labels or social taboo.
  
Kothanodi
1. Language: Assamese
2. Awards: Best Feature Film in Assamese – National Film Awards, Best Screenplay, Best Supporting Actor Female, Best Art Direction, Best Costume – Prag Cine Awards, and more
Cast: Seema Biswas, Adil Hussain, Zerifa Wahid

Four folk tales woven into one narrative with dark twists and turns, Bhaskar Hazarika’s film is thought provoking and unsettling. Kothanodi deals with themes like infanticide and superstition.
Why watch?
Take a step away from mainstream storytelling with this film that uses dark magic realism as an allegory for social issues.
  
Ventilator
1. Language: Marathi
2. Awards: Best Director, Best Editing, Best Sound Mixing – National Film Awards, and more
Cast: Ashutosh Gowariker, Jitendra Joshi, Sulabha Arya, Sukanya Kulkarni-Mone, Viju Khote, Kirti Adarkar, Achyut Potdar, Usha Nadkarni

When Gajju Kaka falls into a coma, the entire family and neighbourhood is extremely worried. The man of the house falling ill and possibly dying would bring all the Ganesh Chaturthi festivities to a standstill. And each of them has a different reason for not wanting that to happen.
Why watch?
This star studded feature film that has more than a hundred actors is a family drama that is relatable, entertaining and layered.
  
Lady of the Lake
1. Language: Manipuri
2. Awards:Best Film on Environment Conservation/Preservation – National Film Award
Cast: Ningthoujam Sanatomba, Sagolsam Thambalsang

In Haoban Paban Kumar’s film, the story of a depressed fisherman in an unhappy marriage reflects the state of his community as they stand against authorities who want them to relocate.
Why watch?
This Manipuri feature film often feels like a gripping documentary as the actual violence inflicted on the region shapes the story.

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