Pink (2016) – Director Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury – Language: Hindi with English subtitles. Run time: 136 mins
In this interesting courtroom drama, an ageing lawyer fighting a psychiatric condition helps three women sue the men who attacked them and later accused them of prostitution and attempted murder. This daring film interrogates the double stan dards at play in Indian society and denounces the patriarchal mentality that shackles women in stereotypes.
The Man Who Knew Infinity (2015) – Director: Matthew Brown – Language: English- Run time: 108 mins.
The Man Who Knew Infinity is a British biographical drama about the Indian mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan. The film stars Dev Patel as Srinivasa Ramanujan, who after growing up in poverty in Madras, is admitted to Cambridge University during World War I, where he becomes a pioneer in mathematical theories with the guidance of his professor, G. H. Hardy (Jeremy Irons).
The Hundred-Foot Journey (2014) Director: Lasse Hallström – Language: English – Run time: 124 mins.
It is an enjoyable and charming dramedy about the Kadam family who leave Indian to settle in a quaint French village. Proud Papa (Om Puri) decides to open an Indian eatery just 100 feet away from Madame Mallory’s (Helen Mirren) acclaimed restaurant. Culture and food war ensues between the two establishments, until Mallory recognizes Kadam son’s impressive cooking skills.
Poorna (2017) – Director: Rahul Bose – Language: Hindi with English subtitles – Run time: 100 mins.
Poorna is an inspirational and gripping biographical drama about the true story of Malavath Poorna, the youngest girl to climb Mount Everest. Director Rahul Bose also stars in the film alongside Aditi Inamdar in the titular role. Poorna effectively portrays the triumphs, the hopes and the fears that accompany the young protagonist’s amazing achievement.
Dangal (2016) Director: Nitesh Tiwari – Language: Hindi with English subtitles – Run time: 161 mins.
Dangal is a powerful biographical sports drama about an amateur wrestler determined to train his daughters to become professional wrestlers. Aamir Khan gives a wonderful performance as Mahavir Singh Phogat, a father who goes to great lengths to ensure his daughters’ success in a male-dominated sport. Dangal sends a strong feminist message and is the highest-grossing Indian film to date.
Amar Akbar Anthony (1977) – Director: Manmohan Desai – Language: Hindi with English subtitles – Run time: 175 mins.
Amar Akbar Anthony tells the compelling story of three brothers separated from their parents and raised in three different faiths, Hinduism, Islam and Christianity. The film stars the late Indian actor and producer Vinod Khanna and Bollywood stars Amitabh Bachchan and Rishi Kapoor in the titular roles. The film went on to become a blockbuster and a classic of Bollywood cinema.
Halal Daddy (2017) Director: Conor McDermottroe Language: English – Run Time: 92 mins
Halal Daddy is a feel-good Irish comedy about Raghdan (Nikesh Patel), a young British-Indian Muslim man who escapes to Sligo to avoid an arranged marriage. Trouble ensues when his controlling father (Art Malik) gifts him run down meat factory, expecting him to transform it into a halal abattoir. Raghdan tries to run the business through cultural chaos and generational conflicts, dealing with his stoned buddies, no-nonsense girlfriend Maeve (Sarah Bolger), and her grumpy father (Colm Meany). Siraj Zaidi, the director of the festival has acted in it and plays and Irish Imam of the Sligo Mosque.
Naam Shabana (2017) Director: Shivam Nair – Language: Hindi with English subtitles – Run time: 147 mins.
Naam Shabana is a gripping Indian thriller centred on a female secret agent seeking revenge for the murder of the man she loved. In the film Taapsee Pannu effectively portrays Shabana, a girl with a dark past who is chosen to join a deep-cover intelligence group. The cast of Naam Shabana also includes Bollywood stars such as Akshay Kumar, Manoj Bajpayee, Anupam Kher in supporting roles.
Waiting (2015) – Director: Anu Menon – Language: Hindi with English subtitles – Run time: 98 mins.
Waiting is a riveting drama focusing on the relationship between two people from different walks of life who befriend each other in a hospital, while nursing their respective comatose spouses. Kalki Koechlin and Naseruddin Shah are impressive as Tara and Shiv, two very different people drawn together by their similar predicament. Waiting was acclaimed by critics for its well crafted, thought-provoking and ultimately uplifting storyline, combined with the powerful performances of the two protagonists.
Hell O Hello (2017) – Director: Pratik Rajen Kothari – Language: Hindi with English subtitles. Run time: 15 mins
Hell O Hello is a smart satire of contemporary consumerism. It demonstrates how businesses big and small compete to attract potential customers. This short film cleverly shows how organizations ultimately fail to listen to the consumer’s voice, suggesting the ruthlessness of today’s consumeristic society and the alienating effects of mobile technologies.
Hostage (2017) – Director : Maruthi Nambi – Language : English . Run Time :20 Mins
Set in contemporary Dublin, Hostage tells the story of a woman whose husband is taken hostage. This gripping thriller shows how the protagonist is forced to make a decision that will change her and her husband’s lives forever. Starring Cristina Ryan and Connor Marren in the lead roles, Hostage is a compelling example of Indo-Irish independent cinema.