Filmistaan is a film directed by Nitin Kakkar, starring Kumud Mishra, Inaamulhaq, and Sharib Hashmi. The film has been screened at numerous film festivals, including the Busan International Film Festival, the Mumbai Film Festival, and the International Film Festival of Kerala. Filmistaan also won the Best Feature Film in Hindi in the 60th National Film Awards in 2012.
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 an Islamic 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.
Release date: May 23, 2014 (USA)
Director: Nitin Kakkar
Running time: 117 minutes
Screenplay: Nitin Kakkar
Cast: Kumud Mishra, Inaamulhaq, Sharib Hashmi, Gopal Dutt, Waseem Khan, Saroj Sharma, Tushar Jha, Sanjay Mehta