The centrepiece of Channel 4’s Bollywood programming, its Autumn film season promises to be a great one this year, coming as it does during Indian cinema’s centenary.
While Channel 4 hasn’t officially released any details of its main Bollywood season, for those anxious to get their filmi fix I can reveal perhaps just enough detail to whet your appetite.
After the by-no-mean-unwelcome decision to concentrate on Satyajit Ray for its first Bollywood season of 2013, I am reliably informed the September/October line-up will feature both classics and new releases.
An editor at the channel has also told me their plans to mark the centenary will also include documentaries on famed playback singer Lata Mangeshkar (whose voice soundtracks the video above) and the legendary film archivist PK Nair (here’s hoping they’ve got the rights to Celluloid Man).
As for which films will make the grade later this year, it is unfortunately a case of ‘watch this space’ …
(Though readers with a long memory may recall – from this post – that Channel 4’s 2009 syndication deal with UTV included the not-yet-shown Kaminey, Wake Up Sid and Kurbaan. Having not seen any of those films I can’t comment on whether they’d constitute classics, new releases or neither.)