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IBNLive Movie Awards 2016: Nominees for Best Independent Film

IBNLive Movie Awards 2016: Nominees for Best Independent Film

2015 can be called an year driven by content- based cinema. From a simple small town drama to India's first 'female-buddy' film, films without any superstars made the audience leave the theater in awe.

The year 2015 wasn’t just about phenomenal performances and great films. It was a year that gave movie buffs multiple reasons to rejoice as conventional topics and done-to-death formulas took a backseat. While the eventful 2015 saw its share of disappointments, it did surprise many as successful films didn’t only stick to big production houses. There were several small budget and independent films which were impressive in their own niche ways.

In the third edition of IBNLive Movie Awards, we select nominees in various popular categories and allow our readers decide the outcome. Take our poll to vote and choose the Best Independent Film of 2015.

Margarita, With A Straw

Co-directed by Sonali Bose and having Kalki Koechlin in lead role, 'Margarita, With A Straw' can easily be called the revolutionary film of the year. The story of the film revolves around Laila who is suffering from cerebral palsy and how she discovers herself while studying in New York. Kalki essayed the role of Laila, who discovers that she is bisexual and after a point realizes that her parents should know the truth. Laila is an ordinary girl living life in extraordinary circumstances. The movie was critically acclaimed all around the globe and showed the world that women film makers are ready to touch upon the ‘forbidden’ topic more freely than ever, with or without big names or budget, but definitely with a vision.


Directed by Neeraj Ghaywan and starring Richa Chadha, Sanjay Mishra and promising new comers Shewta Tripathi and Vicky Kaushal, this film definitely took Bollywood by a storm. While superstars like Amitabh Bachchan and Aamir Khan were raving about in on social media handles, the film became quite popular amongst the audience with strong word of mouth. The complexities faced by people of a small town were captured in a beautiful and simple narrative with strong performances enthralled the critics and audience alike.


This raw film directed by debutant Kanu Behl could be categorised into the rough and rustic genre inspired from West UP. The film captures the volatility of a society where violence lies uneasily just below the surface. The way each and every character suffers in this society and fights or succumbs to his demons , is worth watching. It covered the many persisting evils in the society, be it patriarchy or violence. The dysfunctional family further made it relevant for today's generation . Through the protagonist, the film also explored the circle of life and the audience was left thinking how we often end up becoming exactly like a person we run away from.

Angry Indian Goddesses

The much talked about film in the last month of the year was Pan Nalin's 'Angry Indian Goddesses'. Touted as India's first buddy film, the story tackled with everything our society prohibits women from doing. The sense of freedom and high reliability factor made it one of the finest films of the year. The characters in the film had their own issues, were flawed and this is what made the entire story unique. Despite being faced major cuts from the Censor Board of India, 'Angry Indian Goddesses' managed to lure the audience and proved to be a revolutionary, eye opening film of the year.

first published:January 28, 2016, 17:20 IST