Channel 4’s autumn Indian film season kicks off in the early hours of tomorrow morning and its recent trend to look further than the Mumbai film industry continues.
It begins, unusually, with a documentary in Bengali – though made by Polish director Andrzej Fidyk – about a mobile cinema run by Mr Battu and his two assistants.
Battu’s Bioscope (1998) is the first in a seven-strong run of documentaries about the many faces of India’s obsession with cinema titled Cinema On Cinema and will be followed later next month a quintet of Bollywood feature films. Continue reading
There’s a pleasing anomaly among the closing films of Channel 4’s current Bollywood season.
After the New Voices season segued into a Dev Anand retrospective, this Saturday will see the UK television station give a rare outing to a Bengali film that’s not Pather Panchali.
Padatik (The Guerilla Fighter) is the concluding part of Mrinal Sen’s Calcutta trilogy, which documented the social climate of Bengal in the 1970s. Continue reading
Channel 4’s latest run of Indian films is one of its most varied, with Hindi, Tamil and Bengali cinema represented.
The Bengali picture is Aparna Sen’s acclaimed 2010 film The Japanese Wife.
Based on a short story by Kunal Basu, the romantic drama portrays the relationship between two long-distance pen friends, Bengali teacher Snehamoy Chatterjee (Rahul Bose) and Miyage (Chigusa Takaku), a young Japanese woman who looks after her ailing mother and lives in Yokohama. Continue reading