The Craftsman (Nakkash) (Feature Film), Maun (Short Film)

Feature Film: The Craftsman (Nakkash)

Saturday, Sept 8th, 2018
9:00 PM at

About the Film

A talented Muslim Craftsman & a widower, Alla Rakha lives a simple life in Varanasi. For a family, he has his only son Mohammad & his best friend, Samad. Samad is a poor auto-rickshaw driver with the yearning to send his old father for holy Hajj.  Alla Rakha stands amidst of religious turmoil because of his professional specialty of engraving Gods in Hindu Temples. He suffers the boycott from his community; his son doesn’t get admission in Madarsa & once police catches & beats him while entering the temple. Alla Rakha gets out of police custody on the personal assurance of the temple Trustee and a big admirer of his work, Bhagwandas Vedanti.

Screened at Cannes International Film Festival 2018

Cast: Inaamul Haq, Kumud Mishra, Sharib Hashmi, Rajesh Sharma

Director: Zaigham Imam

Zaigham Imam is an Indian filmmaker and author. He has written two books – Dozakh and Main Muhabbat. He has also been associated with the TV industry, writing many shows like Looteri Dulhan. His first film Dozakh in Search of Heaven premiered at the Kolkata International Film Festival. Zaigham has also spent close to a decade as a media professional and worked for popular Hindi newspapers such Amar Ujala and news channels like Aaj Tak. After his stint with media, he started writing fiction and also directing for the leading Hindi general entertainment channels. He has worked on TV shows such as India Investigates for Fox Life India, Agnipareeksha Jeevan Ki – Gangaa. He started his filmmaking career with Dozakh in Search of Heaven. His second film is Alif, which released theatrically on February 3, 2017. The trailer of the same was launched by former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav. The film was narrated by Jaya Bachchan. It has premiered at Australia’s Indian International Film Festival.

Runtime: 120 minutes

Language: Hindi

Genre: Drama

Country: India

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Short Film: Maun

About the Film

When on the day of their neighbor’s pre wedding celebration, Meera and Mohan find out that their daughter was
molested by the same neighbor, they struggle to find a way to deal with the issue.

Cast: Sarita Sharma, Anuraag Arora, Karan Bajpai, Vandana Singh, Vikas Gaur, Khushi Bhardwaj, Mohit Towari

Director: Priyanka Singh

After working in the corporate world for a few years, she left her job in Google to pursue her passion and went on to study filmmaking, where she fell in love with the craft of Cinematography, and made it her profession. She worked in critically acclaimed films of Bollywood with directors such as Anurag Kashyap, Dibakar Banerjee, and also in various commercials with renowned cinematographers, including the cinematographers of films such as La Vie En Rose and All Is Lost. At some point she decided it was time to write and make her own stories as well. Maun is the first short film written, directed, and produced by her. It has already won the award for Best Short Film at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival.

Runtime: 11 minutes

Genre: Drama

Language: Hindi

Country: India

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