Channel 4 is to screen a short run of Bollywood films on its digital-only offshoot More4 over the festive season.
They’ve all been shown before as part of previous Channel 4 Bollywood seasons, but provide a welcome chance to either catch them again or perhaps see them for the first time.
The India Winter season begins with Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna, a New York-set marriage drama with a stellar cast of Abhishek Bachchan, Rani Mukherji, Shah Rukh Khan and even Amitabh Bachchan in a supporting role.
The other films in the season are Slumdog Millionaire (twice!), superhero drama Krrsh and the gritty thriller Black Friday.
Slumdog is unlikely to need much introduction, what with the eight Oscars and seven BAFTAs it won, and it is a great film, though two showings in a week and one on Channel 4 last month seems a bit much.
But I still can’t decide whether it’s really a Bollywood film, which is why I didn’t include the November showing in my Bollywood on C4 page. Maybe it’s just a really good Danny Boyle film that happens to be set in Mumbai, have an AR Rahman soundtrack and feature a bit of Hindi at the beginning.
Krrsh meanwhile is definitely a Bollywood film. It’s also a sequel to Koi … Mil Gaya, and sees Hrithik Roshan return as Rohit Mehra, a young man who has inherited supernatural powers. The film was the biggest Bollywood hit of 2006 and is a very fun picture.
Finally there’s Black Friday, an altogether more serious film as befits one based on the 1993 terrorist bombings in Mumbai. The film pieces together the story through the hard-hitting police investigation that followed the attacks and tries to explain why Muslim terrorists retaliated in revenge for the demolition of the Babri Mosque in Ayodhya, in 1992, by Hindu extremists.
- Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna Saturday 25 December, 17:15 – 21:00
- Slumdog Millionaire Sunday 26 December, 21:05 – 23:25
- Krrish Sunday 26 Decembrer, 23:25 – 02:45
- Slumdog Millionaire Tuesday 28 December, 22:10 – 00:30
- Black Friday Wednesday 29 December, 00:30 – 03:40
Elsewhere on this blog you can find more about Bollywood on Channel 4.