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What Lies Ahead In 2023: 5 Film Gems To Look Out For

Here are a few films coming up in 2023 that promises to be high on content and assure a great cinematic storytelling experience for the audiences.

A Still From 'The Rapist'

The year 2022 saw some amazing films coming from all over India, with films like ‘Last Film Show’ and ‘RRR’ reaching Oscars as shortlists to acclaimed films like ‘Jalsa’, ‘Darlings’ and ‘Monica O My Darling’ winning our hearts. Will 2023 also be as great when it comes to content?

Well, here are 5 of the picks that we think are going to be gems this year.

‘The Rapist’

‘The Rapist’ is a hard-hitting social drama. The story revolves around a rape victim who gets pregnant and is fighting social prejudices. This heart-wrenching film premiered at the 26th Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) and won the Kim Jiseok Award. The film is an emotional portrayal of human pain and a depiction of societal and cultural elements of terrible incidents of sexual assaults in India. Directed by Aparna Sen, the film stars Konkona Sen Sharma, Arjun Rampal and Tanmay Dhanania.

‘Almost Pyaar With DJ Mohabbat’

Anurag Kashyap and Amit Trivedi's latest is a romantic musical rooted in two different worlds. The movie stars Alaya F, and debutant Karan Mehta. ‘Almost Pyaar With DJ Mohabbat’ was recently presented at Marrakech’s Jemaa El Fna Square. The film is touted to be Anurag Kashyap’s ode to modern love.


‘Akelli’ stars Nushrat Bharucha in the lead. Akelli is a story about a middle-class girl named Jyoti. The story revolves around how she manages to deal with her financial issues and how she tackles the obstacles in her daily life. The film is directed by Pranay Meshram who was an assistant director on Queen (2013).


‘Sanaa’ is one such story, a social drama, that follows a headstrong and ambitious girl who is raging an internal battle that is rooted in unhealed trauma. The film has talented actor Radhika Madan as the lead, along with Pooja Bhatt, Sohum Shah and Shikha Talsania in pivotal roles. Sanaa had its world premiere at the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival which is one of the biggest film festivals in Northern Europe. It was the only Indian film competing for The Grand Prix For Best Film in 2022 at the Festival. The film is directed by National Film Award-winning filmmaker Sudhanshu Saria.

‘Guns & Gulaabs’

Directed by Raj & DK, ‘Guns & Gulaabs’ is a comedy crime-thriller. Starring Rajkummar Rao with Dulquer Salmaan, Gulshan Devaiah and Adarsh Gourav, the film showcases the charm of the 90s and the misfits whose lives land them in a world of crime. The story depicts love and innocence blending with the humour of romance.