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Film poster
Directed by Nitin Kakkar
Produced by Shyam Shroff
Balkrishna Shroff
Subhash Chaudary
Shaila Tanna
Siddharth Roy Kapur
Screenplay by Nitin Kakkar
Sharib Hashmi(dialogues)
Story by Nitin Kakkar
Starring Sharib Hashmi
Kumud Mishra
Gopal Dutt
Music by Arijit Datta
Cinematography Subhrasnsu Das
Edited by Sachindra Vats
Satellite Pictures Pvt. Ltd
Release date(s)
Running time 117 minutes
Country India
Language Hindi

Filmistaan is a 2013 Indian film written & directed by Nitin Kakkar[1]

The film was screened at the Busan International Film Festival, the Mumbai Film Festival, and the International Film Festival of Kerala,where it won the The Silver Crow Pheasant Award[2] for Best Debut[3] Film in International Film Festival of Kerala. The film bagged the Best Feature Film in Hindi in the 60th National Film Awards 2012.[4] The film was also screened at 24th Palm Springs International Film Festival, California. 23rd TROMSO International Film Festival, Norway. 36th Goteborg International Film Festival, Sweden. And 5th Jaipur International Film Festival. The film was released nationwide across India on June 6, 2014.[5]


In Mumbai, affable Bollywood buff and wanna-be-actor Sunny, who works as an assistant director, fantasizes on becoming a heart-throb star. However, at every audition he is summarily thrown out. Undeterred, he goes with an American crew to remote areas in Rajasthan to work on a documentary. One day terrorist group kidnaps him for the American crew-member. Sunny finds himself on enemy border amidst guns and pathani-clad guards, who decide to keep him hostage until they locate their original target. The house in which he is confined belongs to a Pakistani, whose trade stems from pirated Hindi films, which he brings back every time he crosses the border. Soon, the two factions realize that they share a human and cultural bond. The film shows how cinema can be the universal panacea for co-existence.


  • Sharib Hashmi As Sunny
  • Inaamulhaq As Aftaab
  • Kumud Mishra As Mehmood
  • Gopal Dutt As Jawwad


The Pakistani village depicted is the Beermana village[6] in Rajasthan, India. The film was declared tax free in Maharashtra due to the idea of binding India and Pakistan.[5]


2012 Busan International Film Festival (South Korea)

  • Won - Special Jury Mention

2012 International Film Festival of Kerala (India)

  • Won - The Silver Crow Pheasant Award for the Best Debut Film

2012 Delhi International Film Festival (India)

  • Won - Best Feature Film-Indian Showcase

2013 Jaipur International Film Festival (India)

  • Won - Best Debut Director
  • Won - Best Upcoming Feature Film

2012 60th National Film Awards (India)

  • Won - National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Hindi.[7]

2013 10th Indian Film Festival Stuttgart (Germany)

  • Won - German Start of India.[8]

Critical reception[edit]

'Filmistaan' opened to positive reviews from critics

Critic Subhash K. Jha gave the film 4/5 stars and states that "The only happy outcome of the cross-border divide is a heartwarming film such as this. As we often say about the Wagah border, this you gotta see."[9]

Rajeev Masand of CNN-IBN gave the film 3/5 stars mentioning that "'Filmistaan' works best as a movie about the magic of movies. It's a celebration of India's song-and-dance film culture and heightened emotions"[10]

Taran Adarsh of Bollywood Hungama gave the film a 4/5 and stated "Although the film does highlight cross-border terrorism, it also sheds light on the love that people from both sides have for Bollywood. On the whole, FILMISTAAN walks the tightrope between offbeat and commercial with gusto."[11]

Aniruddha Basu of Dear Cinema had a positive response to the film, stating "Though ostensibly an ode to popular Bollywood melodramas such as Maine Pyar Kiya and Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, the film is closer in spirit to world cinema classics like Cinema Paradiso, Life is Beautiful and No Man's Land in its examination of the futility of all conflict and assertion of a common humanity that binds us all."[12]

Anupama Chopra of Hindustan Times gave the film 4/5 stars saying "Debutant director Nitin Kakkar, who has also written the film, has created a comedy that is permeated by a profound sadness."[13]

Paloma Sharma of Rediff gave a perfect 5/5 stars and said "Employing crisp humour, often using famous dialogues from Hindi films, the film stresses on the shared culture (including the sanskaars given by Cine Maa) to remind us how easy it is to get along with our neighbours when we look at them as human beings."[14]

One of the few dissenting voices was Shubtra Gupta of Indian Express who gave 2/5 stars and said "Filmistaan’ has great premise, of creating an Indo-Pak cross-border hot-spot and getting Bollywood to douse the flames. This should have made the film soar, because there is nothing quite like mad passion for movies to lighten even the grimmest of brows. But the execution falters. ‘Filmistaan’ is mildly entertaining in brief spurts but sluggish overall."[15]


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  2. ^ "Suvarna Chakoram for Sta. Nina". 2012-12-15. Retrieved 2012-12-15. 
  3. ^ "Curtains down on IFFK". 2012-12-14. Retrieved 2012-12-15. 
  4. ^ "60th National Film Awards". 2013-03-18. Retrieved 2013-03-18. 
  5. ^ a b "Movie Filmistaan declared tax free in Maharashtra". IANS. Retrieved 17 June 2014. 
  6. ^ "Shooting Locations for Filmistan". 
  7. ^ "60th National Film Awards". 2013-03-18. Retrieved 2013-03-19. 
  8. ^ "Gewinner des 10. Indischen Filmfestivals Stuttgart". 2013-07-22. Retrieved 2013-07-22. 
  9. ^ "Movie Review". Retrieved 7 June 2014. 
  10. ^ "Filmistaan Review". BollyReviewz. Retrieved 7 June 2014. 
  11. ^ "Filmistaan Review". BollyReviewz. Retrieved 7 June 2014. 
  12. ^ "Divided By History, United By Cinema". Dear Cinema. Retrieved 9 June 2014. 
  13. ^ "Filmistaan Review". BollyReviewz. Retrieved 7 June 2014. 
  14. ^ "Filmistaan Review". BollyReviewz. Retrieved 7 June 2014. 
  15. ^ "Filmistaan Review". BollyReviewz. Retrieved 7 June 2014. 

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