Lessons in Forgetting

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Lessons in Forgetting
Directed by Unni Vijayan
Produced by Prince Thampi
Screenplay by Anita Nair
Based on Lessons in Forgetting
by Anita Nair
Starring Adil Hussain
Roshni Achreja
Maya Tideman
Raaghav Chanana
Music by Ganesh Kumaresh
Cinematography Viswamangal Kitsu
Edited by Unni Vijayan
Mandar Khanvilkar
Arowana Studios
Distributed by Arowana Studios
Release date
  • 15 February 2012 (2012-02-15)
Running time
110 minutes
Country India
Language English
Budget 1.2 million USD

Lessons in Forgetting is a 2012 Indian film produced by Prince Thampi for Arowana Studios. It is based on the novel of the same name by Anita Nair and directed by Unni Vijayan. It stars Adil Hussain, Roshni Achreja, Maya Tideman and Raaghav Chanana. The film is shot in 35mm Cinemascope.

It was awarded the 2012 National Film Award for Best Feature Film in English.


A renowned expert on cyclones J.A. Krishnamoorthy comes to India, when he learns that his daughter, Smriti, has met with a fatal freak accident. Determined to find out the truth behind his daughter’s accident, JAK starts to retrace his daughter’s path on the days that led to her accident in a small town in Tamil Nadu.

With a strong desire to know the truth, JAK embarks on his own investigation. He meets with the people who were close to Smriti. They give different versions of what they felt about her. JAK feels he is getting closer to the truth. But his hopes are shattered when he reaches a dead end.

Meera, a socialite, finds her life in chaos when her husband walks out on her leaving her with her two children, mother and her grandmother. Left to fend for herself, Meera takes up a job as an assistant to JAK. Inadvertently she leads him to a very important piece of the puzzle of the case.

Various events and coincidences, help him in getting closer to the truth. They find themselves back in Minjikapuram, the coastal town where it all began. Here JAK realises that, there was a bigger issue that Smriti was fighting against.

JAK must show the courage to confront the reality and forget the past.


  • Adil Hussain as JAK
  • Roshni Achreja as Meera
  • Maya Tideman as Smriti
  • Raaghav Chanana as Soman
  • Karan Nair as Mathew
  • Amey Wagh as Shivu
  • Bhanu Prakash as Dr.Srinivasan
  • Srilekha as Chinnataayi
  • Anuja Vaidya as Nayantara
  • Veena Sajnani as Meera's Mother
  • Lakshmi Krishnamurthy as Meera's Grandmother
  • Parthiv Shah as Nikhil
  • Sukitha Aiyar as Vinnie
  • Uttara Baokar as Kalachitti.
  • Sanjeev Murali as Theatre group leader.


Produced by Prince Thampi for Arowana Studios, the movie is based on the bestselling novel by the same title, written by Anita Nair. Prince Thampi is best known as the publisher of the Malayalam magazine Santham. Lessons in Forgetting is the first film to be produced by Arowana Studios. Some of the staff members of Arowana Studios and the Parent Company Arowana Consulting Limited [1] also participated as extras in a few scenes.

Filming locations[edit]

Locations of Lessons in forgetting.
Filming of Lessons in Forgetting.

Shot entirely in India across
-Bangalore (Karnataka, India).
-Pondicherry (Tamil Nadu,India).
-Mahabalipuram (Tamil Nadu,India).
-Coonoor/ Mettupalayam (Tamil Nadu,India).


Director Unni Vijayan
Screenplay Anita Nair
Director of Photography Vishawamangal Kitsu
Editing Unni Vijayan/Mandar Khanvilkar
Sound Designer Gissy Michael
Production Designer Malay Bhattacharya
Makeup Designer Roshan N.G
Music Ganesh Kumaresh
Casting Director Nilesh Maniyar
Costume Designer Manoviraj Khosla
Executive Producer Rajagopalan Achu


  • Unni Vijayan, Director - Outstanding Achievement In International Feature Filmmaking - Williamsburg International Film Festival,New York (2012)
  • Adil Hussain : Best Actor - New Jersey Independent South Asian Cine Fest, New Jersey.(2012)
  • Roshni Achreja : Best Supporting Actress - New Jersey Independent South Asian Cine Fest, New Jersey.(2012)
  • Roshan N. G., Best Makeup Artist - Sunset International Film Festival, Los Angeles. (2012)
  • 60th National Film Award for Best Feature Film in English[2]


  • Rome International Film Festival 2012 (RIFF)
  • Chicago South Asian Film Festival 2012 (CSAFF)
  • Williamsburg International Film Festival, New York
  • New Jersey Independent South Asian Cine Fest, New Jersey (2012)
  • Sunset International Film Festival, Los Angeles (2012)


  1. ^ "Lessonsinforgettingthefilm". 
  2. ^ "60th National Film Awards Announced" (PDF) (Press release). Press Information Bureau (PIB), India. Retrieved 18 March 2013. 

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