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The fish curry

Maacher Jhol


A film by Abhishek Verma

Genre(s): Animation

• Theme(s): LGBTQ

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The fish curry

  • Abhishek Verma






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    Abhishek Verma is an independent animator, filmmaker and communication designer. He is Young India Fellow of 2017-18 batch and based in New Delhi. He has passed out from Industrial Design Center, Indian Institute of Bombay in 2014, holding specialization in communication and animation film design. He holds a particular interest in typography, experimental narrative, traditional animation, screenwriting and illustration. He is working on feature animation project named "Oh my Dog!". This film talks about the recovery state from dystopia and importance of creating a new world space, with or without God. He has animated and directed three animation short films, including his college animation film. Chasni-The Sugar Syrup (2014), college animation film. Maacher Jhol-The fish curry (2017), independently produced and crowd funded. Lukka-Chuppi-Hide and Seek (2018), funded by MITR and Film Division.    He has directed and animated three animation films; this includes his college film project. His first animation short film CHASNI-The sugar syrup (2014) has been screened in over 37+ festivals including Animafest Zagreb, MIFF-Mumbai, IDFSSK-Kerala & Chitrakatha-15. It includes ten awards worldwide.   His second independent animated film MAACHER JHOL-The fish curry (2017) has been screened in more than 50+ festivals worldwide and has seven awards. The film has been awarded "City of Annecy award" at Annecy international animation festival-2017 and best short film @ Kashish MIQFF-2017-Mumbai. Nomination and screening include Animafest-Zagreb, Ottawa animation festival, IRIS Prize-Cardiff and DOK Leipzig.   His third animation film is LUKKA-CHUPPI-Hide and Seek. It is funded by MITR and Film Division. The film talks about the problem of open defecation faced by women and girls of rural India. Because of the lack of toilets, they are forced to defecate in the open.   His upcoming film is an animated short film KITCHEN. This film talks about the story of Indian Women, who spend their seventy percent of life in preparing food for the family in the kitchen.


Festival(s) & Award(s)

  • 2017: Kashish-Mumbai International Queer Film Festival Best short film
  • 2017: Annecy Int’l Animated Film Festival (France) | Best short film in perspectiveCity of Annecy award
  • 2017: International short and documentary Film Festival of Kerela Best animation film
  • 2017: Celtic Animation Film Competition | International CategoryWinner
  • 2017: Animafest Zagreb
  • 2017: Indie-Anifest (South Korea)
  • 2017: Ottawa International Animation Festival
  • 2017: Paris International Animation Film Festival
  • 2017: Thessaloniki Animation Festival
  • 2017: DOK Leipzig
  • 2017: Animateka International Animation Festival
  • 2018: BFI Flare - London LGBT Film Festival


A young man Lalit Ghosh, 28, decides to come-out to his Parents. He is in love with a man, his very own room partner, Ashutosh Gautam. He plans his day by cooking his father’s favorite dish, the traditional fish curry (Maacher Jhol) and that by learning from a famous radio cook show. He prepares the dish with effort and serves his father the delicious fish curry and confronts his sexuality over the dinner table.

The family accepting an individual being a homosexual is a difficult task, specially for parents.
The societal structure and prejudices related to homosexuality is huge around us, specially in Indian societies. And this makes a person to remain in closet for their life time or maximum period of their life. Acceptance of one’s sexuality by their closed ones matters a lot to an individual being.
The story pivots around the dish whether it will be loved by Lalit’s father & Lalit being accepted as well.

Technical Specs

  • Runtimes: 10'
  • Country(ies) of production: India
  • Original Language(s): Hindi
  • Subtitle(s) available: English
  • Audience: General Audiences
  • Format(s) available: ProRes HD

Artistic & Technical Crew

  • Producer: Abhishek Verma & Jamuura
  • Sound: Rajesh Pawar
  • Music: 126ERS
  • Editor: Antariksh
  • Line Producer: Jamuura, Piyush Priyadarshi & thematchbox.co