Official Selection

The Last Rights

India I US I 17 mins I Drama I 2019 I Hindi w/ English subtitles

Upon hearing that her grandmother has passed away, Kaashi, a young Indian woman who left town to study abroad, comes back to her home with the intention of performing the funeral rites herself, to honor the only family member who believed in her.

However, Kaashi’s scornful uncle Vishnu, the patriarch of the family, refuses her this wish,. He insists that he will perform them, as is custom.

 

Strengthened by her confidence in herself, Kaashi will defy the century- old traditions to honor her grandmother’s last wish, and perform the last rites. 

+ Screens with the feature film, BULBUL

VIRTUAL SCREENING :
SUN. APRIL 18 - 7:30PM CT

About the Artist

Aastha is an award-winning, freelance director and producer based in Los Angeles, and brought up in Dubai.

She surrounds herself with stories that are built on grounded realities with female protagonists. Her vision aims to bring out hidden realities of any given society and to tell stories which are heartfelt,  entertaining, and resonant. 

Her motto, when it comes to making movies is that: "as the new face of cinema, it is in our hands to bring impactful change through the powerful and evergreen medium of cinema - a language that is recognized and understood throughout the world and conjoins different cultures."


Aastha is also Creative Director of Saadhvish Films.

Trailer

Thank you to our community partner(s) for this screening: the Austin Film Society, and the Austin Film Commission!

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Credits

Crew

Writer/Director:         AASTHA VERMA

Producer(s):               DAVID BARBESCHI

                                   SACHIN GOEL     

                                   AASTHA VERMA

                                   ANIL VERMA

                                   INDU VERMA

                                   PAVITRA VERMA

Cinematography:      DEEP SAWANT

 

Editor:                        PRARTHANA JOSHI

Production Design:  GAUTAMI KHATAVKAR

                                   RASHMIN LAD

Sound:                       PRIYABRATA PANIGRAHI

    

                               

 

Cast

KANUPRIYA SHARMA as 'Kaashi'
VED THAPPAR as 'Vishnul'
AJITA KULKARNI as Jyoti'

RAJESH DUBEY as 'Acharyaji'

SULAKSHANA KHATRI as 'Shaanti'

Casting By:           SUNNY CHOUDHARY 

Make-up:              MANOJ KUMAR

                              DEEPAK MOHANTY

Asst. Director(s):   JEET NIMESH DESAI

                              SUKRUT TENI

Music :                  ANSH CHOMAL
                              SHYAMSUNDAR JOSHI