Next week Film 4 will repeat In Custody, the 1993 film that marked the directorial debut of Ismail Merchant (as in Merchant-Ivory).
As the UK digital channel last showed the film in September it provides the perfect opportunity to re-run some of the post I wrote about it then.
In Custody is based on Anita Desai’s poignant tale about a poet past his best and stars Shashi Kapoor and Om Puri.
Puri plays a teacher who has been commissioned to interview legendary Urdu poet, Nur (Kapoor), whom he has idolised for years.
However, when Deven arrives for the interview, he discovers a broken man surrounded by hangers on and pulled in different directions by his two wives.
- In Custody – Thursday 20 January at 11:00 – 13:20, Film 4
You can see the rest of the South Asian films Channel 4 has shown this year, including its Bollywood fare, here.