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Footprints on Water

Footprints on Water

Original name: Footprints on Water
English name: Footprints on Water
Year: 2022
Run time: 108 Min
Language: English
Type (Colour/ Black & white): Colour
Country: India, UK
Director: Nathalia Syam
Producers: Mohaan Naadar
cast: Adil Hussain, Nimisha Sajayan, Lena Kumar, Antonio Aakeel
Screenplay: Neetha Syam
Cinematographer: Alagappan N
Editor: Suresh Pai
Sound Designer: Resul Pookutty
Music Composer:Tuomas Kantelinen
Production Company: The Production Headquarters


  • New York Indian FF 2022
  • Ottawa Indian FF 2023
  • UK Asian FF 2023
  • IFF Kerala 2023

Director’s Selected Filmography:

  • 2018 Lehenga (Short)
  • 2016 Thaara (Short)

Director's Biography:

 Nathalia Syam

Nathalia Syam is a London-based filmmaker. After completing her degree in Film Studies, she worked as an assistant director for the British and South Indian films. As a seasoned film practitioner, she now leads the BFI Film Academy for Resource Productions. She is director of two short films, Thaara (2016) and Lehenga (2018), the latter of which was nominated for the Best of British award at the BAFTA-qualifying Iris Prize Award in Cardiff. Footprints on Water is her feature film debut. It has already secured the Best Debut Film award at the 2022 New York Indian FF as well as the Best Director and Best Actor awards at the 2023 UK Asian FF.


Away from the glitz and glam of Birmingham resides an illegal immigrant community who are always in hiding, leaving no proof of their existence, not even their footprints. Raghu, an illegal immigrant in Birmingham - UK, believes that he has finally struck gold as his daughter, Meera, is all set to marry a wealthy groom, a legal resident in the UK. Following a heated argument with Raghu, Meera storms out of the home and never returns. Raghu worries, knowing Meera's habit of making hasty extreme decisions in the spur of the moment. Raghu sets on a mission to find her all by himself without coming under the police radar. Raghu's search for Meera unveils a different side of her life that he never knew existed. Raghu realises that in his race behind the materialistic riches, he has lost everything and everyone that mattered to him the most. But is he too late?