Winner of three major international awards English, August is now considered a landmark Indian film heralding the arrival of a new generation of cinema in India.

Based on the cult novel by Upamanyu Chatterjee, English, August is the humorous and irreverent story of a watershed year in the life of a young and reluctant civil servant despatched to Madna- the hottest small town in the country.

The debut film of director Dev Benegal English, August became the first Indian independent film to score a major success at the Indian box office where it was distributed by Twentieth Century Fox; the first Indian acquisition by a Hollywood Studio.

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Best First Film

Gilberto Solares Award
Festival des 3 continents Nantes 1994

Special Jury Award


12th International Film Festival Torino Italy 1994

 Silver Grand Prix

Festival des 3 continents Nantes 1994

Best Film

National Awards
India 1995

ground breaking work

heralding the arrival of a new generation in Indian cinema

profoundly disturbing

a masterpiece of satire

delectable vignette on contemporary India

shatters all preconceived notions associated with Indian films

the first funny Indian film