Film - International Independents Filmfest 2018


Directed by Pushpendra Singh


Director: Pushpendra Singh
Section: International Independents
Country: India, Republic of Korea
Year: 2017
Language: Brij Bhasa, Hindi
Version: Original version with English subtitles
Cast: Aryan Singh, Lovely Singh, Sangita Kumari, Chitra Sharma, Pushpendra Singh



After bandits raid their home, killing his mother, nine-year-old Ishvaku is sent to his uncle's village to start a new life with his cousins. Still in shock and pain, Ishvaku tries to cope with his loss by entering an imaginary realm. But the difficulties and mysteries of reality won't let him go that easily.

Meet the director


Pushpendra Singh

Pushpendra Singh studied in Pune at the Film and Television Institute of India, where he is now also a visiting faculty member. He began his career as an actor, performing in Amit Dutta's film THE MAN'S WOMAN AND OTHER STORIES (2009) as well as in Max Linz's film ICH WILL MICH NICHT KÜNSTLICH AUFREGEN (2014), which was shown at the Berlinale. ASHWATTHAMA is the second full-length film he's directed. Currently he's working on a documentary about low-caste Muslim musicians in the Thar desert, Rajasthan, who struggle to maintain their identity as musical inheritors of their upper-caste patrons.


Screenplay: Pushpendra Singh
Director of Photography: Ravi Kiran Ayyagari
Film Editor: Sanjay Tudu
Composer: Ajit Singh Rathore
Production Designer: Amrendra Srivastav
Sound: Ajit Singh Rathore
Producer: Sanjay Gulati, Pushpendra Singh, Ajit Singh Rathore
Production Company: Crawling Angel Films, Marudhar Arts, ASR Films
World Sales: Asian Shadows International Sales Ltd.