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For Mumbai film studio, see Filmistan.
Filmistaan film poster.jpg
Official 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

Sharib Hashmi
Kumud Mishra
Gopal Dutt

Kavita Thapliyal
Music by Arijit Datta
Cinematography Subhransu Das
Edited by Sachindra Vats
Satellite Pictures Pvt. Ltd
Distributed by UTV Motion Pictures
Release date
Running time
117 minutes
Country India
Language Hindi

Filmistaan is a 2013 Indian comedy film written and directed by Nitin Kakkar.[1]

It was screened at the 17th Busan International Film Festival, the Mumbai Film Festival, and the International Film Festival of Kerala, where it won the Silver Crow Pheasant Award[2] for best debut.[3] It won the Best Feature Film in Hindi in the 60th National Film Awards 2012.[4] Filmistaan was screened internationally at the 24th Palm Springs International Film Festival, 23rd Tromsø International Film Festival, 36th Göteborg International Film Festival, and 5th Jaipur International Film Festival. It 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, a terrorist group kidnaps him instead of an 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 where 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.



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


In 2013 Filmistaan won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Hindi. Awards for movies from 2012 were given in 2013.[7]


  1. ^ "I cannot define patriotism". 2012-12-13. Retrieved 2012-12-15. 
  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. 

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