Devashish MAKHIJA (India) is a filmmaker, screenwriter, writer and poet. He began his career as an assistant director on Indian films, such as Black Friday (2007). His first short films were awarded in India, his third short film Absent (2016) had official selections in Toronto and New York. With his second feature film Ajji/Granny (2017), he won the Fresh Blood Film Award at the Beaune International Thriller Film Festival.
(selection) Oonga (2013), Absent (2016, short), Ajji (2017), Bhonsle (2018)
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Devashish Makhija at IFFR
A 9-year-old girl has gone missing. She was taking granny's stitching to a sex worker in her slum. Once discovering what happened that night, granny quickly realises that the only satisfactory justice lies in her own hands. Masterful atmosphere, full of dread and twists.
Former policeman Bonshle has to intervene when escalating violence between Indian ethnic groups endangers his young neighbour, Sita.