Parmanu: The Story of Pokhran

Hindi, 2018; Historical Action Drama
Director: Abhishek Sharma

The Story of Pokhran is a 2018 Indian historical action drama film directed by Abhishek Sharma and produced by Zee Studios and JA Entertainment. The film is written by Saiwyn Quadras, Sanyuktha Chawla Sheikh and Abhishek Sharma. The film is based on the nuclear bomb test explosions conducted by the Indian Army at Pokhran in 1998. It stars John Abraham, Diana Pe


Sharato Lago

Gujarati, 2018; Romantic Comedy
Director: Neeraj Joshi

Sharato Lago (Conditions Apply) is a Gujarati Romantic Comedy. The movie deals with Satyavrat, who has fascination for Solar energy and he cares for the environment. However, he is a voracious Big time NON VEG food lover. Savitri is PURE vegan and she cares very less about environment but loves animals more thn man. The movie takes a comical turn when Satyavrat and Savitri meets each other and when their ideology clashes.


Balekempa

Kannada, 2018; Drama
Director: Ere Gowda

Kempanna, the bangle seller, roams the countryside adorning the hands and faces of women with beauty products. Yet he seems to have little time for his own wife, Saubaghya. The now long married couple's inability to have a child is a concern for Saubaghya's mother. When Saubaghya insists on getting a life insurance and disappears to her mother's house, Kempanna has to face what is really wrong with their marriage. Who is concealing the greater secret - husband, or wife? While society watches, will a child be born?

Director Ere Gowda says: “Balekempa has been filmed in and around the villages where I grew up. The people acting in the film are people I know, personally. Almost all of them are farmers. The only professional actor is Bhagyashree, who plays the role of Saubhagya.” This is Mr. Gowda's debut film as a director. He had previously earned plaudits as the screenwriter of the National Award winning film “Thithi”. Balekempa is the first Kannada film to be shown at IFFA.


Mom

Hindi, 2017; Drama
Director: Ravi Udyawar

This crime thriller tells the story of a vigilante mother seeking to avenge the wrong done to her step daughter. Directed by Haider Ravi Udyawar.

This film is the last one to be made by the legendary actress Sridevi, whose unparalleled dominance of the three largest industries of Indian cinema made her a true pan India star. The film was released in four languages, and Sridevi won the National Award as Best Actress for it, unfortunately after her death. IFFA pays its tribute to Sridevi with this film.


Sudani from Nigeria

Malayalam, 2018; Drama
Director: Zakariya

This heart-warming story of a Nigerian football player who joins a club in Malappuram, Kerala to play in the “sevens league” matches, looks at the cross-cultural and cross-racial interactions he experiences, and the common human values that bind people from different countries.

Written and Directed by Zakariya Mohammed, the film stars Soubin Shahir and Samuel Abiola Robinson (from Nigeria). They are the only professional actors in the film, the rest of the characters being played by local people for whom this was their first film. This screening at IFFA will be the Canadian premiere for this film.


Village Rockstars

Assamese, 2017; Drama
Director: Rima Das

This delightful film tells the story of ten year old Dhunu, who lives in a small village in Assam, and must cope with challenges from both her personal circumstances and the nature around her. She becomes fascinated by a band that performs in her village, and dreams of owning a guitar herself. With unwavering determination and unflagging spirits, she sets out on the journey to achieve her dream.

Written and directed by Rima Das, this film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2018, and went on to win awards at many international film festivals, as well as receiving the National Award for Best Film and Best Child Artiste in India earlier this year.


Shakespeare Wallah

English, 1965; Drama
Director: James Ivory

Loosely based on the real-life actor-manager Geoffrey Kendal's family and his travelling “Shakespeareana Company”, the film follows the story of nomadic British and Indian actors as they perform Shakespeare's plays in towns in post-colonial India, amidst dwindling demand for their work and the rise of Hindi films.

This film was the second of the “Merchant-Ivory films”, produced by Ismail Merchant, directed by James Ivory, and written by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala. This trio often collaborated with actor Shashi Kapoor, who passed away in 2018. The film is IFFA's tribute to the late Shashi Kapoor, and will be shown as part of the Shakespeare in the Park program at Hawrelak Park.


Bucket List

Marathi, 2018; Comedy Drama
Director: Tejas Vijay Deoskar

A middle aged, middle class housewife, Madhura, is completely devoted to caring for her family. When she becomes ill and receives a heart transplant, she discovers that her donor, a young girl, had made a “bucket list” of things she wanted to do, which is now left incomplete. Madhura takes it on herself to complete that bucket list, and thus embarks on her own journey of self-realization.

Directed by Tejas Prabha Vijay Deoskar, this film marks the Marathi debut of the famous Bollywood actress Madhuri Dixit.


Uma

Bengali, 2018; Drama
Director: Srijit Mukherji

Uma tells the uplifting story of a young girl who is fighting a terminal disease and dreams of holding a Durga Puja at her home. Her father works hard to make her dream come true before her life comes to an end.

Director Srijit Mukherji was inspired by the story of Even Leversage and the people of St. George, Ontario, who came together to celebrate an early Christmas for him before his death. He obtained permission from the family in Ontario to adapt their story to an Indian setting, and invited them to the film's premiere in India.


My Son is Gay

Tamil, 2018; Drama
Director: Lokesh Kumar

Varun is a happy-go-lucky young man who is the apple of his mother Lakshmi's eye. He believes his mother would be by his side no matter what. But when Varun tells her he is gay, she is shocked and vows it is something she will never accept. As he decides to move on with his life and find love, Lakshmi decides to seek out her lost son. My Son is Gay is a poignant tale of a multilayered mother-son relationship, tackling universal themes of tolerance and acceptance.

This is the debut feature film for writer and director Lokesh Kumar.


Reva

Gujarati, 2017; Adventure Drama
Director: Rahul Bhole, Vinit Kanojia

Reva is a 2017 Gujarati adventure drama film starring Chetan Dhanani and Monal Gajjar produced by Brainbox Studios and Baroda Talkies. The film is based on Gujarati author Dhruv Bhatt's 1998 novel Tatvamasi.[1] The film released on 6 April 2018 to positive review.


Venus

English, 2017; Comedy
Director: Roger Michell

Genders, generations and cultures collide in this comedy about a modern family unit. A South Asian transgender woman sees her life flipped on its head when she meets her "white" teenaged son she didn’t know she had. How will her birth family, her son's family, and her fiance react to this?

Says director Eisha Marjara: Venus is not just a film about gender. It is also about the desire for integration. The integration Sid Gill seeks is both internal and external. As someone who is transgender, Sid aches to feel at home in her skin. In her community, she desires to feel at home with the people she lives. Integration and wholeness dissolve duality, and this occurs through the experience of love.


Haider

Hindi, 2014; Drama
Director: Vishal Bhardwaj, Siddharth Roy Kapur

This crime drama is an adaptation of two sources: a modern day retelling of Shakespeare's Hamlet, and an adaptation of Basharat Peer's memoir Curfewed Night. It is set in Kashmir of 1995, during the terrorist insurgency and the Army action taken to counter it.

Directed by Vishal Bhardwaj, this film will be shown as part of the Shakespeare in the Park program at Hawrelak Park.


Hichki

Hindi, 2018; Comedy Drama
Director: Siddharth P. Malhotra

Hichki is a 2018 Indian Hindi comedy drama film, directed by Sidharth P Malhotra and produced by Maneesh Sharma under the banner of Yash Raj Films. The film is an adaptation of Brad Cohen's autobiography Front of the Class: How Tourette Syndrome Made Me the Teacher I Never Had, of which Yash Raj Films acquired the rights.

Hichki stars Rani Mukerji in the lead role of an aspiring teacher having Tourette syndrome, who must prove herself by educating a group of underprivileged students. The film's trailer was launched on December 19, 2018, and it was theatrically released on 23 March 2018


Lamhe

Hindi, 1991; Romantic Drama Film
Director: Yash Chopra

Lamhe (lit. Moments) is a 1991 Indian romantic drama film, directed by Yash Chopra and written by Honey Irani, with Rahi Masoom Raza. The film stars Sridevi and Anil Kapoor in the lead roles, along with Waheeda Rehman, Anupam Kher and Manohar Singh, featured in supporting roles.
In the film, Viren falls in love for Pallavi, but she marries Siddharth. The married couple die in a tragic car accident, leaving behind their one and only daughter – who grows up to resemble her mother, she meets Viren and falls in love with him.

Produced by Chopra under his production banner Yash Raj Films, Lamhe was shot in two schedules in Rajasthan and London. Over the years, it has been hailed as a classic and possibly Chopra's finest film. Upon its release, the film was highly acclaimed and is considered as one of the greatest Indian films of all time. Although a commercial failure in India, it became a success in the UK. Lamhe went on to win several awards and features in Outlook magazine's list of Bollywood's Best Films. It has been cited as Yash Chopra's personal favourite of the movies he has done. This was one of the last films that Masoom Raza scripted. He died a couple of months after its release. On the occasion of the Centenary of Indian Cinema in 2013, Lamhe featured among the Top Ten Romantic Movies Of 100 Years