Sameer: Film Screening & Director and Producer Q&A

SAMEER is a critically acclaimed political thriller directed by Dakxin Chhara. Starring Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub Khan, Subrat Dutta, Anjali Patil, Chinmay Mandlekar, Seema Biswas.

After world premieres as part of the Offical Selections at the New York Indian Film Festival and the Charlotte Film Festival, and a release across India from September 2017, join us for the European Premiere of Sameer, along with a unique opportunity to meet and hear from Director Dakxin Chhara and Producer Viren Ghamande, as well as an introduction by Professor of History, William Gould.

Dakxin Chhara is a key delivery partner in our AHRC GCRF project “Voicing Hidden Histories: Troubling the National Brand”. Hear more from him and our other partners from ‘Voicing Hidden Histories’ and our latest GCRF project “Changing the Story: Building Inclusive Societies With, and For, Young People” in our series of events in partnership with Leeds International Film Festival running 13-15 November. More info here:



Sameer keeps up the promise of a thrilling experience even as it touches upon some very sensitive issues of our times and makes extremely bold statements”. Hindustan TImes

An edge of the seat thriller with a big pay off” The Times of India

“Sameer dares to go into a political theme that spells trouble for the perpetrator. For this, the film needs to be commended”. Business Standard


When one after another serial bomb blasts shake the southern city of Hyderabad, a special Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) team lead by officer DESAI try to track down suspect YASIN DARJI behind the blast. Once the team reaches the tip off location they arrest the accused and take him to a special branch in Ahmedabad for further investigation, only to find out that they actually have got the wrong person and the guy they have arrested is SAMEER. Now this error needs to fixed and the higher authorities, instead of leaving him scot free, decide to send him as a mole and bargain his freedom.

Now SAMEER must act as a mole in sync with the ATS and find YASIN DARJI before he strikes again and kills many more innocent people. ATS also joins other hands and gets in touch with journalist and activist ALIA IRADE. From here the chase begins to Catch YASIN by SAMEER, DESAI and ALIA. Will they able to stop him and save innocent lives or will again YASIN will be two steps ahead of them to take his final revenge from the state?


This screening is generously funded by the AHRC Cross-Language Dynamics fund, and forms part of a wider series of AHRC-funded events running 14-15 November across Leeds exploring the role of arts in activism and social change in communities across the world.

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Film Infomration

Country of Origin: India

Duration: 2h9m

Language: Hindi with English Subtitles