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GUNGA JUMNA (Nitin Bose, 1962)
This large scale Indian technicolor film was one of the big successes of 1962, and was highly praised by Indian critics for its production, mounting, sweep and imagination. It has, at its central the… Read more

Half of Mankind (, 1962)
Half of all mankind live in the villages of Asia: the living standard is low, but the village is the unit of organisation on which Asia rests, and upon which the foundation of progress must be built.… Read more

HALF TRUTH (Govind Nihalani, 1983)
A powerful and angry film about corruption in the Bombay police force, Half Truth is a major breakthrough for the Indian cinema, representing the first time an Indian filmmaker has dared a head-on co… Read more

Hides and Strings (John Abraham, 1969)
The traditional arts and crafts of making sitars and tablas. ... Read more

Himalayan Lakes (Gopal Datt, 1964)
Scenes from a dozen lakes in the mountains offer an unfamiliar and attractive facet of the Himalayan landscape. ... Read more

I am 20 (S. N. S. Sastry, 1967)
August 15, 1947. Independence Day for India. How many children were born in that teeming country on that day alone? No one can know; but certainly more than the thousands of people who died. Here a m… Read more

I Am Famous (Hanumanth Rao Raghavapudi, 2007)
A powerful and moving film from India. Through stunning land and cityscapes a little girl wanders, strangely alone. Minnu tells us that she's famous, and she is, but the reason for this, when finally… Read more

INDECISION (Mani Kaul, 1973)
Indecision won for its director, Mani Kaul, the Government of India's National Best Director award in 1973. The film dramatises an Indian folk story about a ghost who falls in love with a young bride… Read more

INDIA CABARET (Mira Nair, 1985)
The double standard is shown to be alive and well, through an investigation of the experience of strippers and their patrons in Bombay. ... Read more

Indian Water Birds (Gopal Datt, 1961)
Intimate pictures of the habits and characteristics of a variety of Indian water birds. Included are scenes of a courtship dance, quaint ways of feeding, and various scenes of large colonies. ... Read more

Inquiry (C. T. Baptisa, 1967)
To the music of four classical ragas, four human emotions are explored—love, happiness, fury and peace. The vast range of moods induced by their interaction is evoked among the Hindu sculptures… Read more

ISHQIYA (Abhishek Chaubey, 2010)
“A delicious little film that teeters dangerously between saucy comedy and suspenseful noir.” - CNN-IBN ... Crime, suspense, passion and deceit are the backdrops of romance in Ishqiya, a tale of … Read more

Jain Temples of India (Arun Chaudhuri, 1963)
The camera lingers fondly over details of the splendid temples erected for the followers of the Jain faith. ... Read more

JALSAGHAR (Satyajit Ray, 1958)
Jalsaghar is one of the few films made by Salyafit Ray. apart from the great Bengali trilogy about the life of the boy Apu. It leisurely and patientty unfolds Ihe story of the decline of the last mem… Read more

KAADU (Girish Karnad, 1973)
Kaadu is a study of traditional society in two remote Indian villages, Koppal and Hosur, separated by a forest, and isolated from the outside world. The story begins with the 'Nyaya'. the meeting of … Read more

KANCHENJUNGHA (Satyajit Ray, 1963)
The setting for Satyajit Ray's first film in colour is the beautiful hill station of Darjeeling, in the foothills of the Himalayas: a point suspended in time between modern India and the gracious pas… Read more

Kangra and Kulu (N. S. Thapa, 1961)
Lying to the north of the Punjab and situated amidst the splendours of the Himalayas are the valleys of Kanga and Kulu. The film includes scenes of the colourful marriages of the people here and othe… Read more

Khajuraho (Mohan Wadhwani, 1956)
During the tenth and eleventh centuries Khajuraho was one of the capitals of the great Hindu Kings - the Chandellas. Eighty-five temples were built and we see the architecture and imagery of five of … Read more

Konarak (P. S. Das Gupta, 1958)
Konarak, a temple built in the 13th century, was dedicated to Surya, the sun-god. It is a well-preserved and elaborate building which stands as a vivid reminder of a great past when miracles in stone… Read more

Lahaul and Spiti (N. S. Thapa, 1964)
The scenic grandeur and the life of the colourful people of Lahaul and Spiti — an area snowbound and cut of from the rest of the world for six months of the year. ... Read more

Lamentation (Surendar Chaudhary, 1971)
This student-made film equities the ... cutting down of a tree with the ... raping of a girl or killing of an ... animal. ... Read more

Leela (Govind Saraiya, 1969)
The colours, forms, designs and movements of the toys of India, which have a long history and tradition, are studied against their original backgrounds and regional music. ... Read more

LSD (Dibakar Bannerjee, 2010)
You're being watched. ... Technology, media and voyeurism interweave in stories covering love, sex and dhokha (treachery) in the modern age. From forbidden romance to hidden cameras and shonky sting … Read more

MADHUMATI (Bimal Roy, 1958)
"The fruit of a deed is three-fold: it may arise here and now, or later, or in a succession of lives . . ." - Anguttara Nikaya. ... This is a story of the re-birth of two lovers who, having met in th… Read more

Madurai (Jagat Murari, 1956)
The story of the thousand-pillared Meenakshi Temple of Madurai, which abounds in sculpture and carvings. ... Read more

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