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A PECK ON THE CHEEK (Mani Ratnam, 2002)
Madhaven and Dileep have just gone through an arranged marnage, and life for the two Sri Lankan youths is wonderful, as they begin to fall in love. Their post-marital bliss is shattered, however; by … Read more

A STORY THAT BEGINS AT THE END (Murali Nair, 2003)
Krishnanunni is a descendant of a wealthy upper caste family, whose fortunes have dwindled. However there is enough money to ensure a leisurely life for him, his wife Suma and their seven-year-old so… Read more

A TALE OF A NAUGHTY GIRL (Buddhadeb Dasgupta, 2002)
"Buddhadeb Dasgupta has long been considered one of the major forces in Indian cinema ... Poetic and haunting, A Tale of a Naughty Girl doesn't just reaffirm this reputation; it underscores it in the… Read more

AYURVEDA: ART OF BEING (Pan Nalin, 2001)
"Filmed largely in the south-western Indian state of Kerala, Pan Nalin's (director of MIFF 2002's Most Popular film Samsara) film offers glimpses of several different practitioners of traditional hol… Read more

CHANDNI BAR (Madhur Bhandarkar, 2001)
Chandni Bar launches scathing attacks on an outmoded caste system, police corruption, vice and the appalling conditions endured by the marginalized in one of the world's most populated but poor citie… Read more

SHADOW KILL (Adoor Gopalakrishnan, 2002)
Kaliyappan is an executioner in southern India, whose job provides adequate financial reward but is destroying his conscience. Presiding over the hanging of someone whom he is certain is innocent, Ka… Read more

THE RITE, A PASSION (K.N.T. Sastry, 2001)
A subtle interplay between clashing ideologies: that of traditional religious values versus modern youth drawn towards extremism. Events overtake Subbaiah Sastry, a highly respected vedic and scholar… Read more

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