KASHISH 2017 – Riyad Wadia Award

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Riyad Wadia Award for Best Emerging Indian Filmmaker

Instituted in memory of late filmmaker Riyad Wadia, who made India’s first gay film BOMgAY. Indian narrative and documentary short films that are the filmmaker’s first or second film completed after January 1, 2016 compete for this award that carries cash award of Rs.15,000 sponsored by Wadia Movietone, a trophy, a gift hamper, and a free 2 day HD shooting kit (camera, mike and one light) sponsored by Accord Equips.

33mins /2016 / India / Bengali with EST
Director: Arjun Dutta


Story of a beautiful bonding between two matured women which is beyond physical and emotional dependence. With the inner transformation of these two characters, the five elements- Earth, Water, Fire, Air and Ether (sky) – silently blend into their lives resulting in blooming of “The 6th Element” that depicts love, companionship, friendship and above all liberation.

THE CLARINETS (Shehenaiiya)
23mins /2017 / India / Bengali with EST
Director: Debadrita Bose


A young man from the suburbs comes to the city for some shopping. He misses the last train to home and roams about. Suddenly he meets another man, who offers refuge for the night.

THE FISH CURRY  (Maacher Jhol)
12mins / 2017 / India / Hindi with EST
Director: Abhishek Verma


A young man, Lalit, 28, decides to come out to his parents about his own sexuality and his love engagement with his boyfriend cum flatmate, Ashutosh. He plans to cook exotic Bengal style fish curry, maacher jhol. The dish is his father’s favourite. To maintain precision about the process and ingredients, he refers to the radio cook show.

14.20mins / 2016 / India / Hindi, Urdu with EST
Director: Maaria Sayed


‘Chudala,’ is an intimate exploration of a father-daughter relationship in a rapidly developing India. Based on an Indian mythological story of a woman turning into a man in order to seem significant to her family, this film tells the story of a lower middle class Muslim girl Rukhsana who returns to her house as Rehan – a man and is haunted by the memories of her life as a woman.

13mins / 2016 / India / Bengali, English, Hindi with EST
Director: Karishma Dube


Set in New Delhi, a closeted lesbian risks family and social boundaries as she pursues her household maid, Devi.

15mins / 2017 / India / No Dialogues
Director: Faraz Arif Ansari


Set in the fast-paced environs of the usually bustling Mumbai local train system, Sisak details a romance that develops slowly and intoxicatingly, nestled in the silences and quiet comforts of the end-of-day train journeys between two men.

15mins / 2016 / India / Hindi with EST
Director: Shivangi Mittal


Brooding over a recent breakup, seismologist Pradipta aka Paddy travels to a village for a field research. Amidst ignoring the calls of her ex and gathering data of waves causing earthquakes, she experiences an unsuspecting tremor there.

SELFHOOD (Wajood) 
13.15 min / 2017 / India /  Hindi with EST
Director: Vishal Srivastava


Wajood (Selfhood) revolves around a young hijra’s(trans-woman) life, who seems to fancy herself with an auto-rickshaw driver. When confronted by the elders of her community about her unrealistic expectations goes on a subconscious quest to know if somebody will ever fall in love with her or is this thought as naive as told by everyone around her?

30mins /2016 / India / Malayalam with EST
Director: Rajesh James


The film is about the journey undertaken by a diverse group of people comprising males, females and transgenders across South India in a truck. The film seeks to explore many compelling thoughts on life, love, and gender. The film hopes for a society where none have to crush their desires because the majority does not understand it…

Note: We inadvertently missed out including the film NAKED WHEELS in this page on the website though we have correctly listed it in the festival catalog. The error is regretted. Apologies to the filmmaker.

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