'Gamak Ghar', A Maithili film about roots, culture and memories : Director Achal Mishra

Updated: Aug 9, 2021

Releasing Today!! #GamakGhar, Achal's debut Indian maithili film, through a period of two decades and three generations, looks at the changes in the maithil family through birth and death, grief and festivities and captures the idea of home, set in his ancestral house that was built in the 1950s. Director says his Maithili language film represents the people of Mithila and their way of life in a way that is very different from the way his state has been represented on screen.

Gamak Ghar (The Village Home, Maithili with English subtitles)

Director: Achal Mishra
Starring: Abhinav Jha, Mira Jha, Satyendra Jha, Bikram Singh, Soniya Jha, Chandra Mohan Mishra, Annu Singh, Satyam Jha, Prashant Rana
Run time: 91 minutes
Storyline: The film chronicles two decades of a family house in a small village in Darbhanga, Mithila(Bihar).

Recognitions/Reviews


The film premiered at 21st MAMI Mumbai Film Festival 2019, where it won the inaugural Manish Acharya Award for New Voices in Indian Cinema.


The film has received largely positive reviews from critics. Namrata Joshi of The Hindu called it "a poignant ode to the village home", further writing, "Gamak Ghar is structured like a tripartite movement of a gentle musical piece that encompasses within it the cycle of life".


Gamak Ghar was also one of the 20 films to be nominated for FIPRESCI India's Grand Prix: Best Feature Film of 2019. At the NFDC Film Bazaar 2019, the film won the VKAAO Award for Most Anticipated Film by a Debut Director.


Storyline/Plot


Summer of 1998: a family has reunited at their ancestral home to celebrate a new birth in the family. It's a joyous, carefree occasion, with trips to the mango grove, game of cards, feast, and light-hearted conversations.


Autumn of 2010: The landscape of the village has changed significantly. Awkward lunch conversations, formality in speech, and undiscussed decisions, show that the family is not as close as it used to be. While the elders struggle with tangled family dynamics, the younger ones reminisce about the old times with fondness, digging up old family photos and memorabilia.


Winter of 2019: Engulfed in a dense fog, the house feels like a ghost of its former self. Nobody visits the house anymore, and the neglect is visible in the mouldy walls, flaking-off plaster, and unhinged doors.


OTT / Digital Theater


This maithili film will be available to stream globally tomorrow onwards for ₹149 (Indian viewers) and $7 (non-Indian viewers). Last few hours left to pre-book Gamak Ghar for just ₹99!


Pre-book @cinemapreneur : https://www.cinemapreneur.com/en/gamak-ghar


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We wish loads of success for this film.

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