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Film Review: Awaara

Film poster for Awaara Awaara (The Tramp) is a film with a message, several of them in fact.

Don’t judge people by appearences, the iniquity of social class – and by implication caste too, unless I’m reading too much into it, and the corruption of youth by poverty.

The 1951 Bollywood film hangs on this last in particular, with a story that revolves around the  moral assumptions of Judge Raghunath (good people have good children) and his son Raj, born after Raghunath threw out his pregnant wife in a jealous rage. Continue reading

Bollywood classics on Channel Four (Sept-Oct 2009)

Mahal film poster

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