Ishti (or Isti:) (English: Search for the Self), is a 2016 Sanskrit film, directed by Dr. G. Prabha, starring thespian Nedumudi Venu and newcomer Athira Patel in lead roles. "Ishti" literally means search for self, yaga, etc. The film is the first in Sanskrit with a social theme.


Ishti is set in mid-twentieth century Kerala when young Namboothiri Brahmins successfully challenged the orthodox, patriarchal traditions of their community which allowed the patriarch, the eldest male member of the family, sole control of family property and denied normal education to its members, particularly women. The film has a feminist angle, too.