The Winter Within by Aamir Bashir

2021 – 90′

In Srinagar, Kashmir, Nargis works as a domestic helper for a middle-class family. Her husband, Manzoor, disappeared after joining the armed rebellion against the Indian State. When her employer discovers that Nargis’ husband is a militant, she is fired from her job and is left with no choice but to return to her village. There, Nargis weaves a shawl that Manzoor had begun, in hopes that he will return. Yaseen, a handmade crafts trader, supports Nargis by giving her work and as an admirer, the possibility of a new beginning. One day, Manzoor reappears. Captured and tortured in detention, he is now a shadow of his former self. Nargis devotes herself to nursing Manzoor back to health even as he battles his inner demons. Although released, he must report to the nearest army camp. One day, he makes an unscheduled visit to the camp, which has devastating consequences.

A Sangbaaz Films and Acrobates Films production, with the support of Région Ile-de-France and Doha Film Institute-Qumra.

  • Nargis : Zoya Hussain
  • Arif : Shabir Ahmad Lone
  • Manzoor : Manzoor Ahmad Bhat


  • Director : Aamir Bashir
  • Screenwriters : Aamir Bashir – Shanker Raman
  • Producer : Claire Lajoumard
  • Cinematographer : Shanker Raman
  • Editor : Shan Mohammed
  • Sound Designers:  Vinod Subramanian – Roman Dymni
  • Composers : Naren Chandavarkar – Benedict Taylor

Aamir Bashir was born in 1970 in Srinaga, Kashmir, India. After having received a diploma in  History, he studied law at the University of Delhi. He worked as a journalist and as an anchor on Television. He moved to Bombay in 1998 and began a career in acting.

He played notably in multiple independent films such as “Clever & Lonely” by Ashwini Malik, “Split Wide Open” by Dev Benegal, “The Great Indian Butterfly” by Sarthak Dasgupta, “A Wednesday” by Neeraj Pandey, “Peepli (Live)” by Anusha Rizvi and Mahmood Farooqui and “Frozen” by Shivajee Chandrabhushan. He directed “HARUD (Autumn)”, his first feature film as a screenwriter, director and producer in 2010. HARUD won the Don Quixote Prize at the Friburg International Film Festival in 2011, and the Best Film Prize in Urdu in 2013.