More recently, two-time National Award winner, in consecutive years for Inshallah, football and Inshallah, Kashmir, two feature documentary films about Kashmir.
Ashvin’s next project, his third in Kashmir, is a feature-film called ‘Noor’ – the story of an adolescent girl whose journey find her ‘disappeared’ father has her discovering mass-graves. The project was selected at NFDC Film Bazaar 2012, IFP’s No Borders in 2013, Mumbai Mantra Sundance Institute Screenwriters Lab 2014 and Asia Pacific Screen Academy screenplay award winner.
Inshallah, football is the story of a talented Kashmiri football player who’s dreams of training in Santos (Pele’s club) in Brazil are stymied by the Indian government’s refusal to give him a passport because his father was a militant, fighting against the Indian armed forces in the uprising in Kashmir in the ‘90s. It also won a grant from the Asian Cinema Fund, Pusan Film Festival, Special Jury award at Dubai, Silver Conch at Mumbai, Audience-Award at Asiatic Film Mediale and Best Non-fiction and Best Editing at IDPA (Indian Documentary Producers Association). It was part of official-selections of Doc-Liepzig, film-makers as change-makers and INPUT 2012, TV and Public Interest, Sydney; besides being in-competition at Pusan, Chicago, NYIFF, NJISACF international film-festivals.