Beyond the Clouds is a 2018 Indian drama film written and directed by Majid Majidi, under the production banner Zee Studios. It stars debutante Ishaan Khatter as Amir, a street hustler and drug dealer in the city of Mumbai. Malavika Mohanan as Tara, is the sister of Amir. She works for a dour merchant Akshi (Gautam Ghose). The film story is centred around bonding between the siblings, a take on human relationships in general. The sibling’s bond is put to test when Tara lands in jail for a crime committed by Amir which forms the crux of the film. The film is a grown-up version of Majidi’s previously directed Children of Heaven (1997). The original language of Beyond the Clouds is Hindi.
The casting for the project began in August 2016, with principal photography commencing from January 2017 in Mumbai, continued in Sambhar near Jaipur and concluded in Mumbai on May 6, 2017. Prior to theatrical release, the film premiered at International Film Festivals between October 2017 to February 2018. It was screened at International Film Festival of India on November 20, 2017. Beyond the Clouds is the second collaboration between Majid Majidi and film score composer A. R. Rahman, after Muhammad: The Messenger of God (2015).
The film released in India on April 20, 2018 to mixed reviews. The film was praised for the performances of the lead characters and cinematography, but criticised for the direction, film score and a predictable story-line.
Starring: Ishaan Khatter, Malavika Mohanan, Gautam Ghose, G. V. Sharada