The Other Half of 2016: Indian Indie Films To Watch Out For In The Rest Of The Year

Posted on 1 August, 2016 by Team Wishberry

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With U-Turn, Dhanak, Sairat, Nil Battey Sannata, Madari and Brahman Naman already released, 2016 has been a captivating year for indie movie fans so far. And yet there is a whole load of exciting projects to look forward to.


We’ve compiled a list of upcoming indie movies of 2016 that you most definitely must watch.


Chauthi Koot

Chauthi Koot (The Fourth Direction) directed by Gurvinder Singh, is set in the 1980s to the backdrop of the Sikh separatist movement, following Indira Gandhi’s assassination. However, the film is not about these political events but about the common men who found themselves in the middle of these events. Chauthi Koot opened to amazing reviews at the Cannes Film Festival and went on to win the National Award for Best Feature Film in Punjabi. The film releases in Indian theatres, on the 5th of August.



Directed by Leena Yadav, Parched is a story about a few women living in the heart of a dry rural landscape, in Gujarat. The film traces the bittersweet tale of four ordinary women unapologetically talking about men, sex and life as they struggle with the limitations put on them by society.


The film has already been released in the U.S. and screened at various International Film Festivals. On the 11th of August, it will be opening the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne, and if you plan to catch it here is something you’d want to read.


A Death In The Gunj

A Death In The Gunj is Konkona Sen Sharma’s directorial debut project set to premier at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival, in September. The film is a “coming of age” story set in 1979, McCluskieganj.


Feast Of Varanasi

A young English teacher arrives at Varanasi, to stay with her aunt. Her stay witnesses a series of gruesome ritual killings, by a murderer who is seeking Moksha. Soon, she learns about her future being tied to the desperate acts of the killer. Written and directed by Rajan Kumar Patel, the film stars Adil Hussain, Tannishtha Chatterjee and Holly Gilbert in lead roles.


The film will have a private screening on the 13th of October, in Mumbai.


Moh Maya Money

Moh Maya Money is a crime drama film by Munish Bhardwaj starring Ranvir Shorey and Neha Dhupia. The plot follows the story of a young real estate agent who tries to pull off a scam that goes horribly wrong. The film is set to have a theatrical release in the end of this year, according to Indian Express.



Following the story of a developing relationship between father and son, Ringan is a heart-wrenching tale on farmers and their families. Directed by Makarand Mane, the film is a stirring story of unbridled paternal love.  The film received the National Award for Best Feature Film, in Marathi, and is yet to be picked up by a distributor for release.


Know of any independent film that’s scheduled to be released, and needs to be on this list? Let us know in the comments below.


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