• (L - R) 'The Lunchbox', 'Masaan', 'Bajirao Mastani' and 'Umrika'. (SBS)Source: SBS
From epic romance to supernatural comedy, SBS World Movies and SBS On Demand are celebrating the festival of lights with a movie marathon and collection that has something for everyone.
SBS Movies

13 Nov 2020 - 10:42 AM  UPDATED 16 Nov 2020 - 10:06 AM


SBS VICELAND kickstarts the festivities, screening the two-part Gangs of Wasseypur on Friday 13 and Saturday 14 November.


Gangs of Wasseypur – Part 1

Genre: Action, Thriller, Crime
Director: Anurag Kashyap
Starring: Manoj Bajpayee, Richa Chadda, Tigmanshu Dhulia, Nawazuddin Siddiqui
What's it about?
Rated by The Guardian as one of the 100 best films of the 21st Century, Anurag Kashyap's high-octane saga of warring gangster dynasties, is too big for a single film. Kashyap directs with boundless relentless energy that compels the story forward. Reflecting upon its worldwide success, he later described it as "the film that totally destroyed my filmmaking life by the expectations it sets from me as a filmmaker". 

Gangs of Wasseypur – Part 1 airs on SBS VICELAND Friday 13 November at 11:35pm. It is now streaming at SBS On Demand:


Gangs of Wasseypur – Part 2

Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Director: Anurag Kashyap
Starring: Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Huma Qureshi, Richa Chadda, Rajkummar Rao, Tigmanshu Dhulia

Gangs of Wasseypur – Part 2 airs on SBS VICELAND Saturday 14 November at 10:55pm. It is now streaming at SBS On Demand:


SBS World Movies

SBS World Movies celebrates Diwali with a movie marathon from 3:30pm (AEDT) Saturday 14 November. 


Manje Bistre

Genre: Comedy, Drama
Director: Baljit Singh Deo
Starring: Gippy Grewal, Sonam Bajwa, Karamjit Anmol 
What's it about?
A Punjabi wedding rom-com full of humour, heart and star-crossed love. While preparing for his sister's wedding, Sukhi (Gippy Grewal, also the screenwriter) attempts to woo Rano (Sonom Bajwa), whose marriage to another man has already been fixed.

Manje Bistre airs on SBS World Movies Saturday 14 November at 3:30pm. It is now streaming at SBS On Demand:



Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety

Genre: Comedy, Romance
Director: Luv Ranjan
Starring: Kartik Aaryan, Nushrat Bharucha, Sunny Singh Nijjar 
What's it about?
A tongue-in-cheek bromance that sees the friendship of two besties tested to its limits when one of them proposes to a woman who seems so entirely wrong for him,  and who seems hellbent on coming between them. 

Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety airs on SBS World Movies Saturday 14 November at 6pm.




Genre: Drama
Director: Garth Davis
Starring: Rooney Mara, David Wenham, Dev Patel, Nicole Kidman
What's it about?
The Oscar-nominated drama with an Australian connection, drawn from Saroo Brierley's incredible real-life search for the mother he lost on the streets of Calcutta. 

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Lion airs on SBS World Movies Saturday 14 November at 8:30pm and is available to stream now at SBS On Demand.


The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir

Genre: Comedy, Adventure, Drama
Director: Ken Scott
Starring: Dhanush, Berenice Bejo, Erin Moriarty, Barkhad Abdi, Gérard Jugnot, Ben Miller, Abel Jafri
What's it about?
And while we're on the subject of remarkable stories of a search for lost parents, here's one that is nothing short of well, extraordinary. After his mother's death, a young fakir from the streets of Mumbai, Ajatashatru or ‘Aja' (Dhanush), leaves India for France to track down the father he never knew. From the moment he arrives in Paris, nothing goes as planned. Aja falls for a young American woman (Erin Moriarty) in the midst of an existential crisis; wakes up in a truck full of Somalian refugees (one of whom is played by Oscar nominee Barkhad Abdi) headed for England; is caught up in a bureaucratic stand-off; helps a movie star (Berenice Bejo) with her love life; risks his life in a Roman palace; travels by sea, air and hot-air balloon; and that's just a small part of his odyssey. 

The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir airs on SBS World Movies Saturday 14 November at 10:40pm and is now streaming at SBS On Demand.


Subedar Joginder Singh

Genre: Action, Biography, Drama
Director: Simerjit Singh
Starring: Gippy Grewal, Aditi Sharma, Guggu Gill 
What's it about?
Gippy Grewal portrays Indian war hero Subedar Joginder Singh, who famously fought three wars for India, including the Sino-Indian War of 1962.  He was the recipient of the Param Vir Chakra, India's highest military decoration, awarded for displaying distinguished acts of valour during wartime.

Subedar Joginder Singh airs on SBS World Movies Saturday 14 November at 12:25am. It is now streaming at SBS On Demand:



Genre: Comedy, Horror
Director: Amar Kaushik
Starring: Rajkummar Rao, Shraddha Kapoor, Pankaj Tripathi 
What's it about?
Settle in for some goofy ghoulishness with a fun tale of a small town of Chanderi, in which the male population lives with the constant threat of being abducted in the dead of night, by an evil spirit - Stree. It is based on the urban legend of 'Nale Ba' that went viral in Karnataka in the 1990s. Enjoy! (*and sleep with one open, guys)

Stree airs on SBS World Movies late night Saturday 14 November at 3am.


SBS On Demand

In addition to the films above, the Diwali Collection is now available to stream at SBS On Demand.


The Lunchbox

Genre: Drama, Romance
Director: Ritesh Batra
Starring: Irrfan Khan, Nimrat Kaur, Nawazuddin Siddiqui
What's it about?
Truly a modern classic, set within Mumbai's famously efficient lunchbox delivery system. A meal made by an unhappy young housewife (Nimrat Kaur) mistakenly lands in the hands of a widower (the late, great Irrfan Khan). After realising the mix-up, the strangers begin to communicate through a series of letters, revealing a little more of themselves each time. Joyous from start to finish. 

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Hotel Salvation

Genre: Comedy, Drama
Director: Shubhashish Bhutiani
Starring: Adil Hussain, Lalit Behl, Geetanjali Kulkarni, Palomi Ghosh, Navnindra Behl, Anil K Rastogi
What's it about?
A wonderfully warm, wry and compassionate tale of a son embarking on a final journey with hid dad, to fulfill the latter's bizarre wish to travel to Varanasi and attain salvation. The trip that follows forces the duo to re-engage with each other and the world around them. Director Shubhashish Bhutiani tells a tale sure to connect with anyone with ageing parents. 


The Cup

Genre: Comedy, Sport
Director: Khyentse Norbu
Starring: Orgyen Tobgyal, Neten Chokling, Jamyang Lodro, Lama Chonjor, Lama Godhi, Kunsang Nyima
What's it about?
The multi-faith festival of lights meets the festival of the boot in this outstanding Tibetan comedy drama based on real events. A rebellious young monk becomes the ringleader in the covert operation to set up a TV in order to watch the World Cup. Here at SBS, we appreciate his innovative thinking (unfortunately his superiors don't share our enthusiasm).

The Cup review: Extraordinary turns from real-life monks
The Cup Review



Genre: Drama
Director: Neeraj Ghaywan
Starring: Vicky Kaushal, Sanjay Mishra, Richa Chadha
What's it about?
Director Neeraj Ghaywan's debut feature depicts people agitating for escape, on the banks of the Ganges. He said, "Most of the time, what Indian films show about small cities is poverty and beautiful landscapes. We felt like showing an actual, real-life town on the brink of change, where young people talk about engineering or Facebook and still feel they’re in a socio-economic trap". It paints a picture of class and gender inequality, through four intersecting characters, with ties to the cremation ghats that line the river.  Masaan premiered in Un Certain Regard at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival. 



Genre: Drama
Director: Prashant Nair
Starring: Aashish Bhatt, Uplaksh Kochhar
What's it about?
An ambitious man leaves his small Indian village for America. But when his letters home stop coming, his brother sets out on his own adventure.


Bajirao Mastani 

Genre: Drama
Director: Sanjay Leela Bhansali
Starring: Ranveer Singh, Deepika Padukone, Priyanka Chopra
What's it about?
A heroic general who is married falls in love with a warrior princess. They struggle to make their love triumph amid opposition from his conservative family.




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