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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 theme, a story of crime and punishment set in the last stages of feudalism, India's long established ... Read more
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. ... Throughout Asia plans for community development are being made and this film shows three areas ... Read more
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 confrontation with the forces of institutionalised corruption in that country's urban social structure. Read more
The traditional arts and crafts of making sitars and tablas. ... Read more
Scenes from a dozen lakes in the mountains offer an unfamiliar and attractive facet of the Himalayan landscape. ... Read more
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 mere handful of those who reached the age of twenty have been imaginatively interviewed till they ... Read more
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 revealed, is devastating. --- ... D Hanumanth R. Raghavapudi S Kamal Kamaraju & Hanumanth R ... Read more
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. When the girl's husband goes off on a long business trip, the ghost assumes human form and ... Read more
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
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
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 of the rock temple of Kailash. ... Read more
“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 two thieves, Khalujan and Babban, who are on the run from a crime boss when they find refuge with ... Read more
The camera lingers fondly over details of the splendid temples erected for the followers of the Jain faith. ... Read more
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 member of a once mighty Indian noble family, revealing the man's character by quiet, ever-acute ... Read more
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 the village court, in Koppal. The village elders have gathered to decide on the punishment of a ... Read more
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 past. Here, affluent citizens from Calcutta take refuge from the summer heat. The entire action of the ... Read more
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 other festivals they celebrate. ... Read more
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 these temples. ... Read more
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 were created. ... Read more
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
This student-made film equities the ... cutting down of a tree with the ... raping of a girl or killing of an ... animal. ... Read more
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
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 operations, the underbelly of everyday life in India is exposed via a triptych of quirky tales. ... Read more
"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 their previous lives, had, through evil circumstances, lost each other. A young man comes to an old ... Read more
The story of the thousand-pillared Meenakshi Temple of Madurai, which abounds in sculpture and carvings. ... Read more
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