Basic Bae Films
- Basic Before Anything Else -
Founded in 2021, by award-winning filmmaker Tushar Madhav, Basic Bae Films is driven with the spirit of filmmaking as an artistic research practice towards production of films, video art, and installations.
Presently completing its first independent productions of international creative documentary films Detour (IF/Then Shorts, Field of Vision, Emergence Magazine USA) and Another World (Catapult Film Fund, DMZ Docs Fund),
Basic Bae is based in Mumbai, India.
Tushar Madhav (1985, India) is an independent filmmaker and artistic researcher. He writes, directs and edits documentary films and experiments with multiform media publications to create diverse modes of storytelling.
His documentary work engages with oral and anthropological histories as well as artistic practices of communities under political, social, or existential conflict in India and the region.
He was awarded with the 64th National Film Award of India in 2016 for his first film A Ballad of Maladies (India, 85 min) that went on to win Best Film at IDSFFK and Film South Asia. The film explores the contemporary military occupation of Indian-administered Kashmir through the lens of the region's poets, musicians, and artists.
Besides film practice, Tushar also works with performance and documentary theatre rendering contemporary queer histories by explorations of desire through an homo-erotic gaze. In 2021, he co-wrote and performed The Lonely Hearts Club (Goethe Institut Mumbai) - a collaborative online theatre show that explores erotica and desire within the context of the social isolation of the pandemic.
He is a PhDarts scholar at University of Leiden and Royal Academy of Art, Den Haag where he is developing an expanded-cinema project probing the artistic legacy and suicide of Indian artist Jangarh Singh Shyam.
As an Artistic Researcher at the Netherlands Film Academy, Tushar is invested in weaving the personal with the political, the intimate with the collective.
Besides film festivals, Tushar's works have also been screened at international universities and art galleries such as Harvard University, University of Michigan Ann Arbor, University of Toronto, Hundred Years Gallery London, and Maysles Documentary Centre New York.
Tushar is presently based between Amsterdam and Mumbai.
64th National Film Award of India
Best Debut Film
Ram Bahadur Trophy for Best Film
11th Film Southasia Kathmandu
10th IDSFFK - International Documentary & Short
Film Festival of Kerala
Certificate of Merit, Feature Documentary
12th IDPA Awards for Excellence in Documentary
Indian Documentary Producers Association
15th Mumbai International Film Festival 2018
10th SiGNS Film Festival 2017
7th South Asian Film Festival of Montreal
6th DC South Asian Film Festival
13th IAWRT Asian Women's Film Festival
RAM BAHADUR TROPHY
for BEST FILM
"The subcontinent is rife with conflict. There are wars that raged fiercely before burning themselves out. There are conflicts that continue to smoulder, and there are others in which homes are still set on fire driving hundreds of thousands of refugees across borders. In all of these conflicts, it is the civilians who are caught in the middle, they are ones who have to struggle to live and try not to die. The film explores an ongoing conflict that has trapped a people for decades, and how artists find an outlet in the arts and music."
- Jury citation at 11th Film Southasia
BEST DEBUT DIRECTOR
"A Brave and refreshing approach to look at complex political issues weaved beautifully through music and poetry"
- Jury Citation for 64th National Film Award of India
Documentary & Short
"For a mindful looking at deeply troubled times and the fresh perspective that the film provides on the suspended predicament of being human"
- Jury citation at 10th International
Documentary & Short Film Festival