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The Best Offbeat Films At The Jagran Film Festival 2017



The Best Offbeat Films At The Jagran Film Festival 2017

With a good mix of world and Indian cinema, JFF promises to be a cinematic treat for every movie buff in Mumbai

The 8th Edition of the Jagran Film Festival is about to begin its Mumbai chapter. The festival aims to create a culture of cinema appreciation by showcasing some of the best movies produced across the globe, in several big and small cities of India like Varanasi, Bhopal, Indore and Delhi.

Apart from movie screenings, there will also be some enlightening one-on-one conversations, panel discussions and workshops with the who’s who of cinema. The focus is on films that have made a social statement by reflecting the evils of the world and how common people cope with them. Here are a few to watch out for:

Pretty Far From Okay

Struggling with a quarter-life crisis, wanting to grow up but not really so, 27-year-old Isi is all of us. She steps into the real world after University, only to find it much different from what she expected.

Things become worse as her BFF finds a job as well as love while she’s yet to find her way through the maze called adulthood. Pretty Far From Okay is a must-watch for all those brooding over the unfairness of life.

Purple Horizons

Also known as Mor Ufuklar, this Turkish film highlights the plight of Syrian refugees trying to escape conditions in their own country and find a safe haven elsewhere.

It is the story of Meryem, a 25-year-old Syrian refugee who is the only survivor from a boat that sinks into the Aegean Sea. While she tries to start afresh, the trauma of her past continues to haunt her as Meryem keeps going back to the sea to which her family belongs.

Catch the trailer of the film here.

Point of View

Three grown-ups come for a family reunion on their father’s 65th birthday. Things turn sour when differences and misunderstandings from the past resurface.

Each member of this dysfunctional family has to confront the conflicting viewpoints of the others. This tear-jerker becomes important in times when families are constantly growing apart.

Inner Court

Based on a true story, this Kafkaesque psychological drama is about a judge who’s forced to remain locked up in his office as the vicious network of crime and corruption underlying the criminal justice system unfolds.

The film has been showcased at major film festivals around the globe and has also won awards at the indieFEST Film Awards and the Construir Cine.

The Art of Moving

Awarded the ‘Best Feature Documentary’ at the BBC Arabic Film Festival, this film offers a fresh perspective on the Syrian crisis.

It revolves around the life of a group of Syrian video-activists who create a satirical anti-IS web series. State surveillance and censorship force them to move to Istanbul where they’ve to choose between activism and a stable life as their personal relationships are tested.

Catch the trailer of the film here.

Dr Rakhmabai

This unmissable Marathi film featuring Tannishtha Chatterjee brings to light the lesser known story of Dr Rakhmabai, India’s first practising lady doctor. She fought against social evils like early marriage and agitated for girls’ right to education in a conservative British-ruled India.

Catch the trailer of the film here.


This suspense thriller is the story of Martin, a young man excited for a reunion with old friends. However things take a shockingly dangerous turn when he receives a phone call from an unknown person.

Martin is forced to play a game, following each and every instruction given by the caller, in order to save his loved ones. Reminded of the Blue Whale nuisance, anyone?

Mukti Bhawan

Seventy-seven-year-old Daya, accompanied by his son Rajiv (played by Adil Hussain), checks into Mukti Bhawan, a hotel for people hoping to spend their last days in the holy city of Varanasi. While Daya happily blends in with the community of Mukti Bhawan, Rajiv has to struggle to maintain his duties as a son, a father and a husband.

Catch the trailer of the film here.

Mazhabi Laddoo

Through the naive perspective of an 8-year-old Muslim boy, Mazhabi Laddoo depicts how the poison of communalism and religious intolerance is spreading amongst innocent minds.

It revolves around the boy’s struggle to choose between logic and blind faith when he is confronted with the issue of whether it is okay for him to consume prasad from a Hindu temple.

Catch the 8th Jagran Film Festival in Mumbai from 18-24 September. For more details, click here.

Book your tickets for the festival here.

Image Credit: IMDb



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