It’s that time of the year again when it’s acceptable to binge-watch good films and be called an aficionado for it. So make a bee line for the 18th edition of the Mumbai Film Festival (MAMI), which if the line-up is anything to go by, packs a punch this year.

Festival regulars will look forward to Chinese director Jia Zhangke getting his much-deserved Excellence in Cinema Award as well as watching films under the just-introduced New Medium (art house cinema, for the uninitiated) category at this week-long film festival which starts tomorrow (October 20). But what we’re too keen on is the India Gold section, which features the finest of the lot of contemporary Indian cinema. If you thought all this country could churn out were Bollywood Blockbusters, then here’s a case for the obvious. Happy film-watching!

A Death in the Gunj

Konkana Sensharma’s directorial debut has garnered a lot of hype from its trailer alone—and for good reason. What starts as an innocent road trip to McCluskiegunj takes a rather drastic turn. Colour us intrigued.


To truly understand LOEV is to truly understand the context it arises from. Sure, on surface level, it seems like an inculpable story about two boys in love and the trajectory of their romance. But know that we live in a country where Section 377 prohibits the very existence of said plot and then spare a thought to this film’s obvious becoming. Enough food for thought?


The first 15 seconds of this trailer alone are enough to let the chills set in. Shot in a documentary style, Rohit Mittal’s Autohead follows rickshaw-driver Narayan as he goes on with his dark, repressive way of life and the subsequent angst and resentment. Needless to say, the culmination of this is an eye-opener.

Lipstick Under My Burkha

Talk about freedom and feminism, this film has the balance without feeling the need to get political. Following the lives of women in small towns of the country, this film is a depiction of what oppression and freedom means to them.

The Cinema Travellers

Navel-gazing has always been cinema’s favourite thing to do but this documentary film follows the crew of “travelling cinema”—which set up makeshift screenings in villages during festivals and communal events. Shot over a span of five years, this L’Œil d’or, le prix du documentaire-winner at Cannes will make sure you never look at cinema the same way again. Watch the makers of this film explain the concept above.

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