Srikant Joshi is an archaeologist of national stature has lost his prestigious job, is messed up with his already complicated family and is at a breaking point of his relationship with his son. Now, it seems, he’s gradually losing his even more compelling love, his memory. It’s the onset of Alzheimer’s, the insidious slow killer of all memories. What until recently seemed solid fact is melting into surreal dreams & imaginings that he always thought were so real, in a different way.
Surmayee Shaam, an engaging story of family relationships, is a deeply engaging foray into the mind that reveals the essence of the man who is still there and fighting for his dignity as a human being, in spite of his memory degeneration.
Charlie Champion is a compelling tale of two unlikely Charlie Chaplin fans, digging
and exploring the Chaplin mystique in a very unusual way. One, Toronto-based Chaplin fanatic journey has been from the outside-in whereas Ashok Ashwani’s has been an emphatic inside-out. Adipur, an Indian town adjacent to Rann of Kutch, is known as ‘Chaplin Village’ globally because of its obsession with Charlie Chaplin.
Inspired and masterminded by Ashok Aswani, a local doctor, has infused a new meaning into the lives of thousands of his village folks over a period of time. The film takes us through an incredible ride into the heart and soul of the charismatic Charlie Champion.
Bitten Apple is the journey of Rohan, a 9-year old boy, reclaiming his full-bodied missing childhood from the grip of an overpowering native digital childhood. Rohan is taken to his grandmother’s farmhouse for his vacations. For Rohan, it seems like the end of the world – NO phone signal, NO WiFi and NO electricity to even charge his gadgets.
Amidst all this chaos and misery in his head, enters into his life, Shakila, an angelic shepherd girl, almost his age but grown up in rural environs. She takes Rohan onto multiple mini-journeys, which helps him gradually to start enjoying those very things that he earlier despised and which he thought was possible only on gadgets.
Set against the backdrop of an idyllic Health Spa, where lives and stories get seamlessly intertwined and play out a small portion of the human condition in the form of a light and entertaining comedy.
Through the individual stories of a pretty nurse and her motor-mechanic boyfriend, an oddball gynaecologist, a charming ex-army guy (at once saint and Don Juan), a popular rock star and his beautiful but obsessively jealous wife, a disillusioned urbanite about to start a new life in his village and his young woman ward at the Spa, their lives interweave and oscillate between the sublime and the ridiculous, this comedy of erotic possibilities makes us see the world we inhabit, with a blasphemous lightness.
A bored housewife Azalea, of Indian origin, feels empty despite her comfortable suburban life in Toronto, Canada. Sweet Blasphemy, the novel she is asked to appraise for her new job, introduces her to Sufism and has life-changing consequences. The novel tells the story of a 13th-century wandering Persian Sufi Dervish, Shams of Tabriz, and of his inspirational relationship with Rumi, one of the greatest poets of the Sufi canon.
The way Rumi was transformed from being a respected Koranic scholar to a dervish weaving poetry, the mythic and the miraculous, practiced through poetry, music and dance, Azalea finds in it, contextual parallels with her own life and goes on getting deeper with her bonding with both – the writer of the novel, Aziz, and with Shams and Rumi, interweaving their combined quest for beauty, love and fulfilment in everyday life.
Rakhi, a single mother, artist and tea-shop owner living in Berkeley, California, is struggling to keep her footing with her family and with a world in alarming transition. Her mother, Mrs Gupta, is a dream teller, born with the ability to share and interpret the dreams of others, to foresee and guide them through the unseen … a gift of vision that fascinates Rakhi.
After her mother’s death, Rakhi and her father discover her mother’s dream journals and it’s a new world of insight into her mother’s life as well as into each other’s, especially as the bonds begin to thicken between the father and the daughter. As recompense, Rakhi finds unexpected blessings: the possibility of new love and understanding for her family.
What is the power of this musical genre called Qawwali? How does it express itself, revealing to the seeker realms beyond his knowledge? What is the essence of this shared musical experience? What are the distinctive features of Qawwali music, the charged ambience of the various Sufi shrines where it is performed, the belief system behind its mystic bearings and the kitschy glamorization we have seen in popular films? This soulful flight is is one of its kind.