UK Asian Film Festival a Trip Down Memory Lane

Keeping with this year’s Uprooted festival theme we have put together a 14 day watchlist of films previously screened at our film festival that are available on digital platforms.

1. Brick Lane (2007), Director Sarah Gavron on Netflix

At the age of 17, Nazneen leaves Bangladesh for an arranged marriage to an older husband in London’s Brick Lane. Ten years on, although she has given Chanu two daughters, made him a home and trimmed the corns on his feet, she yearns to break free. She begins an illicit affair with Karim, the dashing market trader for whom she sews jeans.

2. Monsoon Wedding (2001), Director Mira Nair on Amazon Prime

A stressed father, a bride-to-be with a secret, a smitten event planner, and relatives from around the world create much ado about the preparations for an arranged marriage in India.

3. KD (2019), Director Madhumita Sundararaman on Netflix

An 80-year-old man who was in a coma for three months suddenly wakes up and overhears his family planning to kill him by performing an ancient euthanasia ritual.

4. Page 3 (2005), Director Madhur Bhandarkar on Amazon Prime

A look at Mumbai’s socialite party circle world through the eyes of a Page 3 journalist.

5. Pinjar (2003), Director Chandraprakash Dwivedi on Amazon Prime

Rashid abducts Puro, a young Hindu woman, to take revenge on her family over an ancestral dispute. However, when she manages to escape, her family disowns her and she is forced to return to Rashid.

6. Victoria & Abdul (2017), Director Stephen Frears on Sky Store

The film tells the extraordinary true story of an unexpected friendship in the later years of Queen Victoria’s remarkable rule. When Abdul Karim, a young clerk, travels from India to participate in the Queen’s Golden Jubilee, he is surprised to find favour with the Queen herself. As the Queen questions the constrictions of her long-held position, the two forge an unlikely and devoted alliance with a loyalty to one another that her household and inner circle all attempt to destroy. As the friendship deepens, the Queen begins to see a changing world through new eyes and joyfully reclaims her humanity.

7. Mango Dreams (2016), Director John Upchurch on Netflix

Concerned that dementia will soon steal his most cherished memories, a Hindu doctor hires a Muslim rickshaw driver to take him to his childhood home.

8. Pinky Memsaab (2018), Director Shazia Khan on Netflix

The lives of a gullible maid; a beautiful socialite; an ambitious investment banker and a happy go lucky chauffeur are entwined together in Dubai, in this bitter- sweet tale of self-discovery.

9. Mantostaan (2017), Director Rahat Kazmi on Amazon Prime

An anthology of four short stories set during the India-Pakistan partition in 1947 that shed light on the genocide between the religions.

10. Zubaan (2015), Director Mozez Singh on Amazon Prime and Netflix

An ambitious Dilsher is saved by a site owner, Gurucharan, when some boys bully him at a gurdwara. After he grows up, Dilsher wants to pursue singing but feels nervous as he has a speech impairment.

11. Noblemen (2019), Director Vandana Kataria on Netflix

A 15 year old boy, struggling with his adolescent years, is terrorized by a gang of bullies in a posh boarding school. This sets forth a chain of events that leads to a loss of life and innocence.

12. Barfi! (2012), Director Anurag Basu on Netflix

Shruti loves Barfi, a hearing and speech-impaired man, but marries someone else. Years later, she learns that he is in love with an autistic girl, and feels the need to rethink her own marriage.

13. Hamid (2019), Director Aijaz Khan on Netflix

In a bid to talk to his deceased father, a young Hamid tries to contact God by dialing 786, which he believes is God’s number. His life takes a turn when his call gets answered.

14. Om Shanti Om (2007), Director Farah Khan on Netflix

Om, a junior film artist, is smitten by Shantipriya, a renowned actress, but is killed while trying to save her from a fire accident. Thirty years later, he is reborn and sets out to avenge her death.