Nasir
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    Nasir

    Directed by

    India, Netherlands, Singapore

    2020

    78 min

    • Tamil

    Drama

    Nasir is a gentle man with a hard life. He has to scrimp to pay for his daily shopping, sometimes even missing meals. His adopted son Iqbal has the body of an adult, but the mind and vulnerability of a toddler. In spite of it all, Nasir remains optimistic. He writes love letters to his wife and declaims his poetry, which silences even the most idiotic loudmouth.

    Nasir is also a Muslim in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, where Hindu nationalism has taken on ever more virulent forms in recent decades. Propaganda constantly booms from loudspeakers everywhere in the public space. His boss at the textile store makes little effort to hide his contempt for Muslims. The customers treat Nasir as a doormat. In the meantime, Nasir starts worrying about his wife, who is out of town for a few days, and wonders whether he would be better off as a migrant labourer in Abu Dhabi.

    Awards

    • NETPAC award for best Asian feature world premiere - IFF Rotterdam

    Festivals

    Credits

    Cast
    Koumarane Valavane
    Sudha Ranganathan
    Yasmin Rahman
    Sabari
    Bakkiyam Sankar
    Rajesh
    Jensan Diwakar
    Screenplay
    Arun Karthick
    Dilip Kumar
    Cinematography
    Saumyananda Sahi
    Editing
    Arghya Basu
    Sales
    STRAY DOGS
    Production
    STRAY FACTORY

    Press

    "Quiet gem reveals a sharp edge : Nasir reminds us that the quietest voices can often make the most penetrating, memorable impact."

    The Hollywood Reporter

    "A power to conjure grace out of a beguilingly ordinary tale, a film of quiet pleasures and unassuming wonders."

    The Film Stage

    "Karthick’s film is an artisanal, visually prodigious work, a masterpiece that confirms his deserved and indisputable status as Most Promising Young Director in contemporary Indian cinema."

    Cineuropa

    Arun Karthick

    Arun Karthick

    India

    Arun Karthick (1992, Tamil Nadu) is an independent filmmaker based in Coimbatore, India. Self-taught, he started off making short films through his production platform Cinema Obscura. His first independent film THE BACKWATERS made the international film circuit, shot his second film, TRANSCENDENCE, was screened at the L.V. Prasad Film and TV Academy in Chennai. THE STRANGE CASE OF SHIVA is his first feature film.

    Selected Filmography