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Up in the highlands of India a girl lives alone with her grandparents. After her grandfather is diagnosed with lung cancer, she watches as he calmly digs his own grave, furnishing it for his comfort in the hereafter with a handful of his worldly possessions. His light-hearted approach to dying is a gentle and laconic acknowledgement of the natural cycle of life and death. But things don’t always go as planned in the land of the living.

Amar Kaushik

India 2016


22 min · Colour

recommendation: 11 years and up


Sunku Dani (Granddaughter)
Randa Dani (Grandfather)
Chunya Dani (Grandmother)
Yami Hage (Teacher)
Jhoram Khopey (Doctor)


Written and directed by
Amar Kaushik
Director of Photography
Soumik Mukherjee
Arindam S Ghatak
Alokananda Dasgupta
Sound Design
Shajith Koyeri, Savitha Nambrath
Arka Ghosh
Production Design
Dani Lalyang
Renu Koj
Pura H. Tabiyo
Assistant Director
Suresh Mathew
Production Manager
Koj Mama
Raj Kumar Gupta, Mitul Dikshit
Executive Producer
Sanjeev Kumar Nair
Onir Dhar, Alison Welly
Anticlock Films, Mumbai
Space Miracle Studios, Arunachal Pradesh


Amar Kaushik

Born in Uttar Pradesh, India in 1983, he grew up with his grandparents in Kanpur and in the north-eastern state of Arunachal Pradesh where his father worked in the state forestry department. He graduated with a degree in science with the intention of joining the Indian Air Force but then realised that was not his true calling. He got a job in tourism before moving to Mumbai and working his way up through the ranks in the Indian film industry. Aaba (Grandfather) is his debut film as a director.


2016 Aaba (Grandfather); short film

Produced by

Raapchik Films
Mumbai, India
+91 98 33748111


Generation Mix

Aaba; Sheva Dakot; Wolfe; Vulkánsziget; Em busca da terra sem males; Smashed; White Riot: London; In a Nutshell

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