UK fans of Indian cinema are going to have a quieter than usual autumn this year following Channel 4’s decision to scrap its traditional season of Bollywood films.
The station has long been British television’s biggest fan of South Asian films, screening around 20 each year, and it saves the bulk of them for its centrepiece autumn season.
Last year this ran to 17 films, ranging from classic Bollywood glitz and glamour ‘masala’ titles to art house pictures from left field directors, but now it seems there will be no more Bollywood on Channel 4 in 2011.
Channel 4 Viewer Enquiries told A Tangle Of Wires: “We did have a Bollywood season in April of this year, however, unfortunately we are not aware of any plans to have one in the autumn.”
The films shown in April included the Aamir Khan blockbuster comedy 3 Idiots, and just three others.
Channel 4 did not respond when asked whether the cancelation of its Bollywood season represented the end of this Asian-language cinema commitment.
And looking beyond this autumn, Channel 4 presumably still has the rights to Kaminey, Wake Up Sid and Kurbaan, acquired as part of its syndication deal with UTV Motion Pictures two years ago.