ABOUT

Basic Bae Films

- Basic Before Anything Else -

Driven with the principles of DIY filmmaking and research-led documentary, Basic Bae Films is an independent film and media firm run by award-winning filmmaker Tushar Madhav. Currently in its first independent production of international creative documentary film 'Another World', Basic Bae Films is operating remotely from Mumbai, India.

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TUSHAR MADHAV

Tushar Madhav writes, directs and edits documentary films, researches contemporary and folk art, and experiments with multimedia to create different 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. 

 

Tushar received his formal education in film production at the AJ Kidwai Mass Communication Research Centre, Jamia Millia Islamia University in New Delhi and began his career in documentary practice in the fevered territory of Kashmir, which brought out his first film Soz - A Ballad of Maladies (2016, India). Produced by PSBT India, the film explored the decades-long Indian military occupation of the region through its musicians, poets and artists. He traveled extensively across international film festivals, cultural institutions and universities besides winning notable awards such as Best Film at Film South Asia, Best Documentary at IDSFFK and the National Film Award of India for Best Debut Director.

 

As an editor, he has worked on award-winning non-fiction films and series on subjects ranging from enforced disappearances in Kashmir, endangered handicrafts of the Himalayas to proliferating hip-hop cults in the suburbs of Mumbai. Besides filmmaking, Tushar also creates podcasts for queer networks, conducts film workshops at universities and colleges, and occasionally practices documentary theatre with Indian theatre company Drama Queen.


In 2017, Tushar began work on Another World - a mixed-media documentary project based on the life, art - and death - of indigenous Indian painter Jangarh Singh Shyam (1962-2001). A recipient of arts research  and documentary fellowships from India Foundation for the Arts (2018-20), Raza Foundation (2019-20), Uniondocs Center for Documentary Art (2019), DMZ Docs Lab 2021 and The Edinburgh Pitch 2021, he is directing and producing the film.

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AWARDS

64th National Film Award of India

Best Debut Film

Ram Bahadur Trophy for Best Film

11th Film Southasia Kathmandu

Best Film

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

OFFICIAL SELECTIONS

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

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64th
National
Film Awards
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11th
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South
Asia

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10th International
Documentary & Short
Film Festival
of Kerala

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"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

of Kerala

BEST FILM