The first of Channel 4’s two Indian film seasons begins tonight/in the early hours of tomorrow with Qissa (2013), an award-winning social drama/fantasy is set at the time of India’s partition in 1947.
It’s the first of six films to be screened over the coming weeks that draw on “moving stories from across the country”, according to the UK television station.
Director Anup Singh’s tale – told in Punjabi with English subtitles – tells the story of Umber Singh (Irrfan Khan), a Sikh forced, with his wife and three daughters, to flee his village in the new state of Pakistan. Continue reading
There’s something rather liberating in writing about a well-known topic.
Balanced against concerns of ‘what can I add to this that will be new’, there is the freedom that comes when you realise you can take as specific and individual a route as you want.
The recent 9th anniversary celebrations by Bollywood bloggers of Aamir Khan’s acclaimed film Lagaan were a great example of this. Continue reading
Having broken box office records since its release last year it would appear that ‘Aal Izz Well’ for Bollywood blockbuster 3 Idiots on the iPhone too. Continue reading
Film poster for Mahal (1949)
Indian cinema has again returned to UK television as Channel Four kicks off another season of Bollywood films.
For the last 28 years the channel has provided a masala mix of Indian films from Mumbai and beyond. This time around it’s a 12 film season focused on early Bollywood classics.
It kicked off last week with the first two films, but before that the scene was set with The Golden Years of Indian Cinema, a 75-minute special from Movie Mahal, the Indian cinema series from the late 1980s. Continue reading
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