3 Indian Films to See This October

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The Indian Film Festival The Hague is just less than two weeks away from now! This year the festival is celebrating its five-year anniversary and events will be taking place across the city. It promises the audience eight days full of colors, personalities and emotions. So The Hague, be prepared!
We browsed through their 2015 film program and picked out our top three festival favorites: Margarita, Court and One Crazy Thing. To scroll through their the full program, click here.

Margarita, with a Straw
Shonali Bose | 2014 | 100’ | Drama / Romance | Hindi & English (with English subtitles)

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This compelling drama from India charts the struggles and sense of freedom experienced by a Delhi teenager with cerebral palsy when she wins a scholarship to NY.
Actor Kalki Koechlin delivers a compelling performance in this funky, stereotype-busting coming-of-age tale of a Punjabi teenage girl with cerebral palsy, based on a true story. In spite of her disability, Laila is a high achiever at her high school in Delhi, but struggles with people either ignoring her or making tokenistic efforts to highlight her disability. She seeks solace in her best male buddy and her ever vigilant mum. Winning a scholarship to study in New York, Laila is excited to break for the border. As her carer mum heads back to Delhi, confident Laila starts to grow emotionally and explore this new world and its liberal sexuality. She accidentally joins in a NY street demonstration where she meets and soon falls for a young Pakistani, but love and discovering one’s own true identity is a road hard won and returning to India her emotional ties – new and old – are put to a bitter test.
Unusual only because it’s so rarely seen on screen, Margarita, with a Straw is an exceptional portrait of a woman discovering what she wants, and how to get it.

Court
Chaitanya Tamhane | 2014 | 116’ | Drama | Marathi, Hindi, English & Gujarati (with English subtitles)

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A sewage worker’s dead body is found inside a manhole in Mumbai. An ageing folk singer is arrested and accused of performing an inflammatory song, which may have incited the worker to commit suicide. The trial unfolds in a lower court, where the hopes and dreams of the city’s ordinary people play out. Forging these fates are the lawyers and judge, who are observed in their personal lives beyond the theatre of the courtroom.

One Crazy Thing
Amit Gupta | 2015 | 90’ | Comedy / Romance | English

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Former television star Jay is haunted by the sex tape that destroyed his life and turned his unknown actress girlfriend into an A-list Hollywood celebrity. Following his rise to fame on a popular soap opera and then plunge to viral notoriety because of the scandalous tape, Jay now cowers in obscurity as the manager of his family’s Indian restaurant in London. His acting career is nonexistent, his family is irredeemably disgraced, and he constantly fears being recognized by any of the millions of viewers of his very public mistake. When Jay falls for the exciting and artistic Hannah, an American musician studying in London, he realizes he must confront the errors of his past, rather than hiding from his future.

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