a film by Aamir Bashir
The Winter Within

2022, 99 minutes, India/France/Qatar, 2.35:1, Color, 5.1 Sound, in Kashmiri and Urdu with English subtitles

Sales/Festivals: Diversion (Thailand)

The Winter Within


In the city of Srinagar, Nargis searches for her missing husband, Manzoor, until she is forced to hopelessly return to her village home. With a little help from a local man Yaseen, she silently toils away on an exquisite weave. But the quiet of the Kashmiri winter is like the silence of the graveyard, waiting to be shredded by what lies buried within.

The Winter Within

Director's Note (excerpt):

In the last three decades, approximately eight to ten thousand cases of enforced disappearances have occurred in Kashmir. Mostly young men picked up by the Indian security forces, never to return home. Until now, more than six thousand unmarked graves have been discovered in Kashmir. The relatives of the disappeared persons believe that their loved ones may be buried in these graves, but the State refuses to conduct DNA tests to identify the bodies. These unmarked graves form the backdrop of the film which explores torture, both mental and physical and its horrific consequences.

Maagh (The Winter Within) is a tragic tale of Kashmiris' struggle for self-determination, and freedom from state oppression. An oppression, ripping apart the social fabric, under which, it is Nargis, a woman, who shows greater commitment to the ideas of justice and freedom.

The Winter Within

About the Director:

Born in Srinagar, Kashmir, Aamir Bashir is a professional actor based in Mumbai, India. After his schooling in Kashmir, Aamir graduated in History from St. Stephen’s College in Delhi and went on to study Law at the University of Delhi. After working in television as a news correspondent and a travel show host, Aamir moved to Mumbai in 1998 to pursue a career in acting.

Aamir’s commitment to acting has seen him excel in many films such as ‘Frozen’, ‘Haider’, ‘Gurgaon’ and ‘Laal Kaptaan’, as well as well as acclaimed webseries like ‘Sacred Games’ and ‘Inside Edge’.

Maagh (The Winter Within)’ is his second film after his directorial debut ‘Harud (Autumn)’ (2010) which premiered at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival and went on to win the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Urdu in 2012.


Festivals & Awards

  • Busan International Film Festival, New Currents Competition (KBS New Currents Audience Award)
  • Festival des 3 Continents (Audience Award)
  • International Film Festival of Kerala
  • Taipei Film Festival
  • Filmfest Munich
  • Sydney Film Festival
  • India Film Festival of Alberta
  • Indian Film Festival of Melbourne
  • AUBE Film Festival (Opening Film)


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"A chill in the bones, [...] a melancholic watch. The shot choices are painterly and carefully composed. Bashir suggested the wintry situation in Kashmir is not about to experience a thaw."
- Amber Wilkinson, Screen International

"Shanker Raman’s cinematography captures the bleakness of the constantly cold and snowy setting of Kashmir in the best fashion, with the impressive greens and overall framing in the scenes inside the house being particularly impressive. Shan Mohammed’s editing results in a slow pace that mirrors the rhythm of life in the area, in a fitting approach for the narrative."
- Panos Kotzathanasis, Asian Movie Pulse

Busan International Film Festival

2022 Busan International Film Festival, New Currents


Aamir Bashir


Claire Lajoumard


Aamir Bashir
Shanker Raman

Shanker Raman


Zoya Hussain
Shabir Ahmad Lone
Manzoor Ahmad


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