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Pushtaini (Ancestral)

Narrative Feature

Hindi, Kumaoni, English

Texas Premiere

In-Person, Virtual


A struggling Bollywood actor involved in an embarrassing scandal flees to his birth village in the Himalayan foothills and by happenstance picks up a determined young woman along the way. Once at home he is unpleasantly surprised, and must, against his will, deal with a disputed inheritance. His new friend becomes an ally as he travels through the mountains, unaware of what the journey has in store for him.

Film Columbia 2023
MAMI 2023 South Asia Selection
In-Person Q&A with Filmmaker Vinod Rawat
Screens with Shera
4/21/24, 8:30 PM
All Badges, Individual Tickets
AFS Cinema

Writer / Director / Producer

Vinod Rawat

Vinod Rawat, an acclaimed director, writer, and actor, recently showcased his debut feature film "Pushtaini" at the Mumbai Film Festival (MAMI) to an enthusiastic audience response. Hailing from a working-class neighbourhood in Delhi and his ancestral village in Uttarakhand, Vinod's journey has evolved after graduating from the Film & Television Institute. Renowned as a leading acting coach in the Hindi Film Industry, his short film "MAD" won at the Mumbai Film Festival in 2017, while the 2021 Emmy-nominated series "Aarya" and showcase his diverse talents as a director and writer. With a rich resume spanning independent and mainstream films, Vinod Rawat stands as a multifaceted force in the industry.

Vinod Rawat


Vinod Rawat


Rita Heer, Vinod Rawat


Charu Takkar


Lotus Dust Pictures, VinRaw Films


Vinod Rawat, Rajkummar Rao, Rita Heer, Hemant Pandey, Shashi Bhushan, Nitin Goel, Prema Karayat, Maya Darakoti, Mahavir Singh, Sakshi Darakoti, Mithilesh Pandey, Mukesh Dhasmana, Baljinder Kaur, Deepti Rawat, Bhavya Dhami


Dhawalika Singh, Krishna Purohit, Subash Sahoo

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