Channel 4’s latest run of Indian films is one of its most varied, with Hindi, Tamil and Bengali cinema represented.
The Bengali picture is Aparna Sen’s acclaimed 2010 film The Japanese Wife.
Based on a short story by Kunal Basu, the romantic drama portrays the relationship between two long-distance pen friends, Bengali teacher Snehamoy Chatterjee (Rahul Bose) and Miyage (Chigusa Takaku), a young Japanese woman who looks after her ailing mother and lives in Yokohama.
The film’s scheduling comes just as I was beginning to think Pather Panchali was the only Bengali film Channel 4 are showing at the moment – its appearance tomorrow on Film 4 will be its second outing this year and its fourth in the last 12 months.
The Japanese Wife is joined by another film that represents the non-Bollywood side of Indian cinema.
Set in Tamil Nadu’s handloom silk industry between the 1920s and late 1940s, Kanchivaram traces the life and political awakening of silk weaver Vengadam (Prakash Raj).
It’s the second Tamil film Channel 4 have lined up after Raavanan and will be the first time in about seven years the station has screened films made in the south of India.
- Pather Panchali – Thursday 14 April 01:00 – 03:25, Film 4
- The Japanese Wife Monday 25 April, 00:20 – 02:10
- Kanchivaram – The Treachery Of Silk Friday 29 April, 00:30 – 02:35
You can see details of all the Bollywood, Bengali and South Asian films Channel 4 screens here.