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Charulata is based on a novel by Rabindranath Tagore. The setting is Calcutta in 1880, where the upper-class Bengali milieu, though strongly rooted in tradition, is nourished by English liberal ideals. Evidence of these ideals is to be heard in the litanies to Macaulay, Gladstone and Shakespeare ... Read more
Dreams and disappointment lie at the heart of Buddhadeb Dasgupta's moving [Chased by Dreams], a meditation on hope in the lives of three ordinary people. ... Paresh is a projectionist who takes educational films to the community around the vast expanse of India. Lonely, he falls in love with the ... Read more
She was only a fisherman's daughter, but when she got hooked she got netted. A Hindu in Southern India, she grows up to love her father's partner, a Muslim. So the fisherman catches her a sturdy Hindu orphan lad to keep the tradition pure, and dutifully she marries him. Then the fisherman swindles ... Read more
In this Student-made film, a girl comes to stay in the home of a shy college boy. Before long, young desire causes complications. ... Read more
A personal essay that entwines the filmmaker's conflicting sense of birthplace Calcutta and home, England The paradoxes of memory, personal and political history are synthesised by a complex montage of stunning images and the personal revelation which forms the narrative, in a style reminiscent of ... Read more
An experimental film on family planning, putting over the notion that two children in a family are enough. ... Read more
The film is based on coloured crayon paintings by a 14-year-old Indian girl, Sundaravalli. ... The All India Certificate of Merit, Government of India. ... Read more
A documentary about the age old art of the Indian craftsmen working in metals. ... Read more
Satyajit Ray shown making The Big City speaks about his attitude towards film-making His work is illustrated by excerpts from three parts of Ihe Apu trilogy. ... Read more
Voted audience favourite at both the London and Nantes Film Festivals, Rajan Khosa's magnificent debut, Dance of the Wind, probes the dynamics of the Indian oral tradition. Pallavi, a successful singer of classical Hindi music, observes with immense concern and distress as her aging mother and ... Read more
Sunset. A wide-screen expanse bathed in a blood red glow. Two women, their colourful saris almost luminous, crest a hill bathed in the last fiery rays of dusk. The scene is stunning, gorgeous for a few seconds until - like (American) Indians in a classic Western - the silhouettes of a mob ... Read more
In her debut feature, Indian filmmaker Kavitha Lankesh tells the story of a 12-year-old boy Kyatha (Manja) who lives with his sister Deveeri (played by prominent Indian actress Nandita Das) The pair resides in a slum district on the edge of an Indian city. He lives amid the chaos, poverty and ... Read more
This is Satyajit Ray's second film in colour, and the Grand Prize winner at the Berlin Festival. The film is set in 1942, and its subject is the impact of war on an isolated Bengali village. ... The Brahmin husband, Ganga. who has assumed leadership in the village, is respected by all as the ... Read more
The second part of a trilogy (preceded by MIFF 1997 smash, Fire) whose theme is the elements, Deepa Mehta's Earth examines the subject of India's partition as a means to deal with land literally and figuratively. Based on an autobiography, the film mixes romance and social drama, often emotionally ... Read more
Dev Benegal's blackly comic story of a mod­em, English-speaking, city-born young Indi­an who comes up against a different India when he works as a trainee civil servant in a small rural town. ... Based on the novel English, August-An Indian Story by Upamanyu Chatterjee, the film traces a ... Read more
A cinéma vérité style inquiry into the reactions of Indian people to democracy. ... Read more
"HEYYY!" she would belt out her trademark cry, and briskly proceed to whip men, toss them over her shoulders, and punch them in their collective solar plexuses. She would swing from chandeliers, throw goons off the roof of speeding trains, even leap from horseback onto a ladder dangling from an ... Read more
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In India, as everywhere, there is a generation gap. The older people of the family studied in this film are religious, orthodox and conventional, but a daughter has been exposed to modern thought... ... Read more
“A Bollywood-influenced gangster epic, part Western, part documentary.” - director Anurag Kashyap ... Set in the titular district around the north-eastern Indian city of Dhanbad, Gangs of Wasseypur is an extraordinary gangland saga following two rival clans over 70 bloodstained years. ... Read more
“A brilliant collage of genres, by turns pulverizing and poetic in its depiction of violence.” - Variety ... The second instalment of Anurag Kashyap's incredible crime saga, Gangs of Wasseypur Part 2 focuses on a new generation in a Wasseypur almost unrecognisable from that in Part 1. With the ... Read more
Documentary on the sufferings of two young Indian brides whose dowries were considered insufficient by their husbands and in-laws. ... Read more
Born from the belly of the Himalayas, India has been nurtured by two great rivers which have their source in them: the Ganges and the Brahmaputra. The course of either leads through Eastern India, the cradle of its civilization, the heart of its culture. This film takes a journey of glimpses, from ... Read more
A brief survey of Indian cinema from its inception to the present day. ... Read more
A documentary which lovingly portrays the lost architectural glories of old Calcutta tracing their links with the historical and social evolution of the city. It ends with an appeal for the preservation of the monuments and memories of imperial rule. This is Swapan Sahan s first documentary, the ... Read more
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