5 Movies We Are Excited To Watch At The Jaipur International Film Festival

By Siddharth Birla

Movie buffs in Jaipur have a reason to rejoice.

The ninth edition of the Jaipur International Film Festival, one of world’s fastest growing film festival is all set to kick off on 7th January from 5:30 PM at the Golcha Cinema.

Inaugurated by National Award winning directors Hariharan, Singeetam Srinivasa Rao and actress Rachna, Jaipur International Film Festival this year will put South Indian cinema at its center.

The schedule lists 17 workshops on film making and 134 movie screening from all around the world.

Here are 5 movies that we’re most excited about at the Jaipur International Film Festival:

Sometimes (Sila Samayangalil)

Sometimes. Sila Samayangalil. Priyadarshan. Prakash Raj Sometimes by Priyadarshan

Country: India
Director: Priaydarshan
Starring: Prakash Raj, Sriya Reddy, Ashok Selvan
Screening On: 7th January, 5:30 PM

7 strangers spend a day at a lab in South India, impatiently waiting for their AIDS test results. They reluctantly start to share how they fear they may have contracted the disease and band together to sneakily obtain their results sooner.

Directed by ace filmmaker Priyadarshan, the movie centered around AIDS awareness has also made it to the final round of selection for the 74th Annual Golden Globe Awards.


Mah-e-Mir by Anjum Shahzad. Jaipur International Film Festival Mah-e-Mir by Anjum Shahzad

Country: Pakistan
Director: Anjum Shahzad
Starring: Fahad Mustafa, Iman Ali, Sanam Saeed
Screening On: 8th January, 8:30 PM

Inspired by the work of Mir Taqi Mir, the first classical master of Urdu poetry, the story follows the struggle of a contemporary poet and draw parallels with events in Mir’s life.

His conflict with the royal court, his romance with a courtesan, his ideals of bringing Urdu poetry to the people in the street and his eventual madness in full moon, all reflected in his poetry.

Mah-e-Mir was also the Pakistan’s official entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 89th Academy Awards.

Kaagaz Ki Kashti (Jagjit Singh)

Kaagaz Ki Kashti by Brahmanand S Siingh. Jaipur International Film Festival Kaagaz Ki Kashti by Brahmanand S Siingh

Country: India
Director: Brahmanand S Siingh
Starring: Jagjit Singh, Chitra Singh, Gulzar, Juhi Chawla
Screening On: 9th January, 6:15 PM

An an evocative account on  Jagjit Singh, a down-to-earth small-town boy from Ganganagar, Rajasthan who made it big by adding that extra something in his music.

Heavy on music, interviews and anecdotes, and only mildly curious about Jagjit Singh’s private life, you’ll get a rare peek into the complexity behind his seemingly simple Ghazals.


Mantostaan by Rahat Kazami.Jaipur International Film Festival Mantostaan by Rahat Kazmi

Country: India
Director: Rahat Kazmi
Starring: Raghuvir Yadav, Sonal Sehgal, Veerendra Saxena
Screening On: 10th January, 6:30 PM

Mantostaan is a dark satire based on the four most controversial short stories (Khol Do, Thanda Ghosht, Assignment and Aakhri Salute) by legendary urdu writer Saadat Hassan Manto.

Set in the time of India-Pakistan partition, the stories throw a spotlight on most inhuman side of human beings.

The film premiered at the 69th Cannes International Festival last year in the Le Marche du Film category.


Neruda by Pablo Larrain. Jaipur International Film Festival Neruda by Pablo Larrain

Country: Chile
Director: Pablo Larrain
Starring: Gael García Bernal, Luis Gnecco, Alfredo Castro
Screening On: 11th January, 6:30 PM

An inspector hunts down Nobel Prize-winning Chilean poet, Pablo Neruda, who becomes a fugitive in his home country in the late 1940s for joining the Communist Party.

In this story of a persecuted poet and his implacable adversary, Neruda recognizes his own heroic possibilities: a chance to become both a symbol for liberty and a literary legend.

The movie was screened in the Directors’ Fortnight section at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival.

It was also selected as the Chilean entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 89th Academy Awards.

Find out more about the festival here.

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