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Beyond Bollywood brings you the best contemporary films from India’s most exciting filmmakers beyond the reaches of Bollywood. Get ready to get soaked in the cinematic brilliance from path-breaking filmmakers hailing from other filmmaking hot-spots across different states and regions of India.

Ahare Mon

  • Bengali With English Subtitles
  • India
  • 2018
  • 110 min
Friday, August 17, 06.00 PM | HOYTS Forest Hill
Australian Premiere
A heartwarming collage of inter-connected love stories, Ahare Mon is a romantic drama that revolves around people who are otherwise forbidden to fall in love....Read More[+]
IFFM Nominee

Balekempa

  • Kannada With English Subtitles
  • India
  • 2018
  • 108 min
  • Festival Rating
Saturday, August 18, 06.30 PM | HOYTS Chadstone
Australian Premiere
The film is a tale of morality revolving around Kempanna, a bangle seller, and his wife Soubhagya. The now long married couple's inability to conceive creates frustration in their marriage and amongst...Read More[+]

Bhasmasur

  • Hindi With English Subtitles
  • India
  • 2017
  • 74 min
  • Festival Rating
Saturday, August 11, 06.30 PM | HOYTS Highpoint
Australian Premiere
A father in heavy financial debt. A son in love with his pet donkey. Bhasmasur tracks the emotional journey of a villager in debt and his son as they venture to the city by foot to sell Bhasmasur, th...Read More[+]

Bhayanakam

  • Malayalam With English Subtitles
  • India
  • 2018
  • 125 min
Saturday, August 11, 05.30 PM | HOYTS Forest Hill
Australian Premiere
The film is an adaptation of two chapters from Thakazhi Sivasankara Pillai's epic Malayalam novel Kayar. The story is set in Kuttanad and its backwaters during the World War II and revolves around a p...Read More[+]

Bioscopewala

  • English / Hindi / Bengali / Dari With English Subtitles
  • India
  • 2017
  • 91 min
  • Festival Rating
Saturday, August 11, 07.00 PM | HOYTS Chadstone
Australian Premiere
Bioscopewala is an extrapolation of Rabindranath Tagore's Kabuliwala. It extends the story from where Tagore's Kabuliwala ends. In this extrapolation, Kabuliwala shows films to children in Kolkata and...Read More[+]

Chumbak

  • Marathi With English Subtitles
  • India
  • 2017
  • 118 min
  • Festival Rating
Wednesday, August 15, 07.00 PM | HOYTS Forest Hill
Australian Premiere
Chumbak is a coming-of-age story of a 15 year old table-cleaning-waiter-boy Baalu and his chance encounter with a 45 year old mentally slow man Prasanna that forces him to make a choice between his dr...Read More[+]

Cycle

  • Marathi With English Subtitles
  • India
  • 2018
  • 96 min
Friday, August 17, 07.00 PM | HOYTS Forest Hill
Australian Premiere
This is regular yet complex love story of two couples who cannot express their feelings to their respective partners. A post-Independence era story, Cycle is about Keshav's intense love for his cycle ...Read More[+]
IFFM Nominee

Gali Guliyan (In the Shadows)

  • English / Hindi With English Subtitles
  • India
  • 2017
  • 117 min
  • Festival Rating
Monday, August 13, 06.30 PM | HOYTS Chadstone
Australian Premiere
In the walled city of Old Delhi, Khuddoos, a lonely man who obsessively watches people through his hidden cameras begins a search for a boy he hears getting beaten up through the walls of his house. T...Read More[+]
IFFM Nominee

Garbage

  • English / Hindi With English Subtitles
  • India
  • 2018
  • 105 min
  • Festival Rating
Wednesday, August 15, 07.15 PM | HOYTS Chadstone
Australian Premiere
A chained woman for a sex slave. A Taxi driver named Phanishwar is her master who spreads online hatred. A chance meeting with a young woman gets him to become her driver, while he secretly stalks her...Read More[+]

Hare Krishna

  • India
  • 2017
  • 90 min
Saturday, August 18, 06.00 PM | HOYTS Chadstone
Monday, August 20, 04.30 PM | HOYTS Melbourne Central
Hare Krishna! is a documentary on the life of Srila Prabhupada--the 70-year-old Indian Swami who arrived in America without support or money in the turbulent 1960s. It explores how he ignited the worl...Read More[+]

Hebbit Ramaka

  • Kannada With English Subtitles
  • India
  • 2018
Sunday, August 19, 03.30 PM | HOYTS Broadmeadows
Victorian Premiere
Kalleshi is a contractor and a political henchman. He has aspirations of enjoying political power. A situation leads him to climb the political ladder with the help of his illiterate wife Ramakka. But...Read More[+]

Hello Arsi

  • Odia With English Subtitles
  • India
  • 2018
  • 97 min
Monday, August 20, 07.00 PM | HOYTS Forest Hill
Victorian Premiere
Sudden industrialization, big scale mining activities in central-eastern India affects the socio-economic fabric of a society that depends on agriculture. A young man and a young woman cross each othe...Read More[+]
IFFM Nominee

Jonaki

  • English / Bengali With English Subtitles
  • India (France/Singapore)
  • 2018
  • 90 min
  • Festival Rating
Saturday, August 18, 07.00 PM | HOYTS Forest Hill
Australian Premiere
While Jonaki, an 80-year-old woman, searches for love in a strange world of decaying memories, her lover, now old and grey, returns to a world she is leaving behind. Buried deep within her are moments...Read More[+]

Juze

  • Konkani With English Subtitles
  • India
  • 2017
  • 93 min
  • Festival Rating
Tuesday, August 14, 07.00 PM | HOYTS Highpoint
Australian Premiere
A landlord abuses and exploits an impoverished teenager. As events build to a breaking point, the teen realizes that he has to confront the landlord to achieve freedom....Read More[+]

Kuch Bheegey Alfaaz

  • Hindi With English Subtitles
  • India
  • 2018
  • 116 min
Tuesday, August 21, 06.30 PM | HOYTS Melbourne Central
Australian Premiere
In a world of pings, likes, tweets, shares and comments, 2 strangers connect over a mis-dial and WhatsApp their way into each others' hearts, safely hidden behind digital screens. But will the emojis ...Read More[+]
IFFM Nominee

Love Sonia

  • Hindi With English Subtitles
  • Hindi
  • 2018
  • 135 min
  • Festival Rating
Friday, August 10, 07.30 PM | HOYTS Melbourne Central
Australian Premiere
Love Sonia tells the heartfelt and brave story of Sonia (Mrunal Thakur), a young Indian Village girl whose life irrevocably changes when she is entrapped into the vicious global sex trade network....Read More[+]
IFFM Nominee

Mahanati

  • Telugu / Tamil With English Subtitles
  • India
  • 2018
  • 177 min
Wednesday, August 15, 08.45 PM | HOYTS Highpoint
Biography of Savitri, an actress from South India movie industry, who ruled the industry for two decades during 50s and 60s....Read More[+]
IFFM Nominee

Mayurakshi

  • Bengali With English Subtitles
  • India
  • 2017
  • 102 min
  • Festival Rating
Thursday, August 16, 09.15 PM | HOYTS Forest Hill
Australian Premiere
Mayurakshi narrates an intensely emotional tale of a 84-year-old father Sushovan, a brilliant former professor of History, presently suffering from age related neurological problems including dementia...Read More[+]

Mrityubhoj The Death Feast

  • Hindi With English Subtitles
  • India
  • 2017
  • 52 min
  • Festival Rating
Tuesday, August 14, 07.00 PM | HOYTS Broadmeadows
Australian Premiere
This film takes a fly on the wall approach, following a family in the Chambal district in India, as they get ready to organize a death feast following the demise of their father. Caught between tradit...Read More[+]

Nude Chitra

  • Marathi With English Subtitles
  • 2018
  • 110 min
  • Festival Rating
Tuesday, August 21, 09.15 PM | HOYTS Highpoint
Centered around a mother who poses as a nude model for students of an art college, in order to fund her son's education. The film is dedicated to all the nude models across the world, who dared to bar...Read More[+]

Paddayi

  • Tulu With English Subtitles
  • India
  • 2017
  • 100 min
Wednesday, August 15, 07.30 PM | HOYTS Broadmeadows
Victorian Premiere
PADDAYI is a film based on William Shakespeare's 'Macbeth' where we see the story of Madhava and Sugandhi, a newly married couple from the fishing community in India who are driven by ambition. Howeve...Read More[+]

Ranchi Diaries

  • Hindi With English Subtitles
  • India
  • 2017
  • 93 min
Friday, August 17, 06.30 PM | HOYTS Broadmeadows
Australian Premiere
Ranchi Diaries depicts a story of Gudiya and her friends who hail from a small town Ranchi. She has a dream of becoming a pop sensation like Shakira. Her talent draws the unwanted attention of the loc...Read More[+]
IFFM Nominee

Rangasthalam

  • Telugu With English Subtitles
  • India
  • 2018
  • 170 min
Monday, August 20, 06.00 PM | HOYTS Broadmeadows
The film is set in 1980's rural India. Chittibabu, a pure and innocent guy with partial deafness, earns his livelihood by supplying water to agricultural lands in the fictional village of Rangasthalam...Read More[+]

Redu

  • Marathi / Malvani With English Subtitles
  • India
  • 2017
  • 111 min
Tuesday, August 21, 07.00 PM | HOYTS Forest Hill
Australian Premiere
REDU is a story of TATU and his family, set in the mid 1970's. Tatu, a short tempered, irate middle-aged man living in a small village, is fascinated and curious to see a radio, a small portable trans...Read More[+]

Sinjar

  • Jeseri (the dialect of Malayalam spoken in Lakshadeep) With English Subtitles
  • India
  • 2017
  • 115 min
Tuesday, August 21, 06.30 PM | HOYTS Chadstone
Australian Premiere
The movie traces the journey of two housemaids in Iraq who are taken hostages by the ISIS along with the Yazidi women and flee from captivity only to end in a closed society. Interestingly, the film t...Read More[+]
IFFM Nominee

Sir

  • English / Hindi With English Subtitles
  • India
  • 2018
  • 96 min
  • Festival Rating
Wednesday, August 22, 07.30 PM | HOYTS Melbourne Central
Australian Premiere
This film is a emotional love story that revolves around Ratna a housemaid and Ashwin her employer and their impossible and tumultuous relationship of ups and downs....Read More[+]

Teen Aur Aadha

  • Hindi / English / Marathi / Gujarati With English Subtitles
  • India
  • 2018
  • 121 min
Monday, August 13, 06.00 PM | HOYTS Forest Hill
Australian Premiere
This is a story about a house that hosts people across half a century. 50 years ago, it is divided between an apartment and a school, 20 years later it becomes a brothel and 30 years since, it becomes...Read More[+]

Thondimuthalum Driksakshiyum

  • Malayalam With English Subtitles
  • India
  • 2017
  • 135 min
  • Festival Rating
Tuesday, August 14, 06.30 PM | HOYTS Chadstone
Prasad and Sreeja enter wedlock and move to a new place to continue the rest of their lives. Unfortunate events begin to take place after a small-time thief (also named Prasad), robs Sreeja's gold cha...Read More[+]

Tikli and Laxmi Bomb

  • Hindi With English Subtitles
  • India
  • 2017
  • 148 min
  • Festival Rating
Monday, August 20, 06.00 PM | HOYTS Melbourne Central
Australian Premiere
Tired of men who promise protection but actually become predators themselves, two Mumbai based sex workers decide to kick men out of the business and start a cooperative that is run by women and for w...Read More[+]

To Let

  • Tamil With English Subtitles
  • India
  • 2017
  • 109 min
  • Festival rating
Sunday, August 19, 05.45 PM | HOYTS Chadstone
Australian Premiere
Illango is an assistant film director living with his wife Amudha and their five-year-old son Siddharth, in a rented apartment. Their landlady is eager to lease the house to IT professionals for a hig...Read More[+]

Uma

  • Bengali With English Subtitles
  • India
  • 2018
  • 149 min
Sunday, August 19, 06.30 PM | HOYTS Highpoint
Australian premiere
A young girl, Uma (Sara Sengupta) living in Switzerland, is fighting for her life with a terminal disease. She wants to see the Durga Puja of Kolkata, the biggest festival of the Bengali Hindus. Himad...Read More[+]
IFFM Nominee

Village Rockstars

  • Assamese With English Subtitles
  • India
  • 2017
  • 87 min
  • Festival Rating
Monday, August 13, 07.00 PM | HOYTS Forest Hill
Australian Premiere
Dhunu, An Impressionable and tenacious 10-year-old girl living in a remote village in northeast India fights against stereotypes and poverty to pursue her dream of owning a guitar and forming a rock b...Read More[+]

White

  • Silent Film / With English Subtitles
  • India
  • 2017
  • 75 min
Saturday, August 18, 06.30 PM | HOYTS Highpoint
Australian Premiere
White comprises three tales of survival, the narrative of a factory girl abused at work, an unwanted child's return home after being brought up in an orphanage, and a husband's acceptance of a child b...Read More[+]
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