His Oscar nominated movie was about innocence, mischief and a whole lot of heart. But it looks like Ashvin Kumar has gone a bit darker on the theme with his upcoming film, The Forest.

The Forest Movie Poster
The Forest Movie Poster

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Ashvin, whose film Little Terrorist was nominated for the Academy Awards and who won the National Award for Inshallah Football, is all set to release his ecological thriller The Forest on 4 May 2012. The Forest is a thriller with an ecological message, a chilling tale of a man-eating leopard set in the jungles of North India. The cast of the film includes Jaaved Jaffery, Nandana Sen, Ankur Vikal and Salim Ali Zaidi.

The Forest Movie Stills
The Forest Movie Stills

Ashvin’s love for the wilderness is tempered by dismay of its disappearance, “The message of conservation through a thriller; the fact that animals are fighting for survival in our jungles counterpoint the idea that human beings have become prey. The animal both as a victim and aggressor, wherein the protagonist leopard is also an antagonist, man-eater.” The Forest premiered at Cinequest Film Festival in San Jose in February 2009, and had its market premiere at Cannes Market that year. It was also a part of the official competition of Montreal International Film Festival, Canada and Sitges International Film Festival, Spain.

The Forest Trailer

The Forest: Official Synopsis

A quiet, peaceful forest, a secluded rest house – the perfect place for Pritam and Radha, a couple from a big city, to sort out a troubled and childless marriage. But things start going wrong from the moment they run into a forgotten adversary. Abhishek, the wife’s ex-lover turns out to be the local cop; he invites himself and his son Arjun to their vacation. As husband and lover lock horns for the woman, primitive instincts are heightened by the wilderness that surrounds them. Embroiled in their dark secrets and dangerous games they fail to see signs of a much greater threat. A man eating leopard is drawn by the smell of human flesh and as night falls. The nocturnal predator comes into his element He knows that man is the weakest animal in his jungle and he is a perfect killer. In a night of terror, survival for the city slickers will depend on outwitting a wild animal who is hunting on his home turf and has lost his natural fear of man.

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