The Miniaturist of Junagadh (Virtual)

1947. The ravages of Partition have compelled an old artist, Husyn Naqqash, to sell his ancestral home in Western India and move with his family to Karachi, Pakistan. When Kishorilal, a stoic and stone-hearted man who has bought the house, comes to know that Husyn is a well-known miniature painter and has an invaluable and rare miniature collection, he schemes to get hold of the collection. But all is not what it seems and there is a secret about the collection that Husyn’s family is holding back. Not only from Kishorilal… but also from Husyn.
WHY WE LIKE THIS FILM: The Jewish connection here is that this is a recasting of Austrian Jewish writer Stefan Zweig”s short story ”The Invisible Collection”, set on the eve of WWII in Germany. The story is transported to partition era India and beautifully and creatively retold, highlighting some common themes of oppression and loss.
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YEAR: 2022
RUN TIME: 29 Minutes
LANGUAGE(S): Hinid, Urdu




DIRECTOR(S):Kaushal Oza
SCREENWRITER(S):Kaushal Oza, Stefan Zweig, Aslam Parvez
CAST:Naseeruddin Shah, Rasika Dugal, Raj Arjun, Padmavati Rao, Uday Chandra