Channel 4’s Autumn Indian film season continues with two more Vishal Bhardwaj films and, somewhat unusually, a Malayalam film in the form of Sancharram.
Bhardwaj’s retelling of Othello, Omkara, stars Saif Ali Khan playing against type as the dynamic and sinister Langda Tyagi, alongside Kareena Kapoor, Ajay Devgan and Vivek Oberoi.
It’s followed by The Blue Umbrella, which is based on a short story for children by Ruskin Bond, an Indian writer of British descent. The narrative, which explores the nature of envy and friendship, centres around the young Binya (Shreya Sharma) who falls in love with a gorgeous blue umbrella owned by a Japanese tourist.
The next ‘Bollywood’ film in the season is actually a film in Malayam, the language spoken in Kerela. Sancharram (The Journey) is a gentle and lyrical portrait of lesbian love, based on a true-life story.
Set in a small, close-knit community in Kerala, it’s the story of two young women, Kiran (Suhasini V.Nair), a Hindu, and Delilah (Shrruiti Menon), a Catholic. They become friends from the day they meet as children and are quickly inseparable. As the young girls grow, they realise their love for one another is deeper than mere friendship, and so begins a delicate love affair.
• Sancharram – Sunday 07 October, 00:45 – 02:45
• The Blue Umbrella – Thursday 4 October, 01:35 – 03:05
• Omkara – Sunday 29 September, 00:45 – 03:20