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India on Film: Calcutta, West Bengal and other treasures from the BFI’s National Archives

Calcutta Kolkata trams BFI India on Film

I’m often amazed by the cultural riches that casually appear online for our use and enjoyment – Open Culture being an excellent contributor and curator to this trend.

Another is the British Film Institute (BFI), whose National Archives recently released a collection of newly-digitised films from India from the turn of the 20th century to partition. Continue reading

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1960 Hindi film Parakh on Channel 4

The third installment of Channel 4’s short season of Bollywood films from the year 1960 will be shown on Sunday 9 May from 11.50pm.

Bimal Roy’s Parakh is a satire on the corrupting nature of money, and how it can also bring out the best in people.

When a  postmaster receives a cheque to give to “the most honest man in the village” it turns the community upside down.

  • Parakh – Sunday 9 May, 23:50-02:25

1960-style Bollywood comes to Channel 4

Chaudhvin ka Chand film posterChannel 4 is shortly to celebrate Indian films made 50 years with a brief season of pictures all released in 1960.

It will take in Jis Desh Main Ganga Behti Hai, Chaudhvin Ka Chand, Barsaat Ki Raat and Parakh.

The UK television station says its aim with this season is to showcase the cinematic variety of actors Raj Kapoor and Guru Dutt, and directors PL Santoshi and Bimal Roy.

The first two films in the run are:

  • Chaudhvin ka Chand – Monday 3 May, 00:10-03:00
  • Jis Desh Main Ganga Behti Hai – Tuesday 4 May, 00:45-03:45

Film Review: Madhumati

Madhumati film posterMemories of the frankly dull supernatural film Mahal were still fresh in mind when I watched Madhumati. Although it too was billed as a ghost story, I needn’t have worried.

Despite one “I’m sure I’ve been here before” style flashback and one ghostly appearance, Madhumati concentrates on familiar filmi territory rather than spurious supernatural shocks.

The majority of the film covers the tragic rural love story of Dilip Kumar’s newly-appointed estate manager Anand and Vyjayantimala’s Madhumati, the young woman Anand’s callous employer Raja Ugra Narayan (played by Pran) lusts after.

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