After the disappointment of having no Spring season of Bollywood films on Channel 4 this year and then the slightly underwhelming, documentary-heavy Autumn season last year, I’m excited by this year’s Autumn line-up of Bollywood films.
Those in charge of programming have struck what looks to be a really nice mix of new/old and left-field/populist films that takes in a crime thriller, an award-winning legal drama and more besides.
Assuming I remember to record it – certainly not a given if past years are anything to go by – I’ll finally get to see Delhi 6, whose songs were playing when I first started listening to Raj & Pablo. Continue reading
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
Watching the beautifully shot, measured and thoughtful With You, Without You recently was very enjoyable.
But, as much as I enjoy the less-travelled roads of South Asian cinema, I do sometimes wish Channel 4 would show more of the films that get a mention on Love Bollywood on a Saturday morning.
So I’m particularly looking forward to the next instalment of Channel 4’s current Autumn Bollywood season, which will feature Sridevi in English Vinglish, Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani with Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone and two other interesting-sounding recent films. Continue reading
The next set of Indian films on Channel 4 prove that diversity remains the watch-word of their programming team, with offerings that range from a slacker ‘bromance’ comedy to a Kolkata-shot Hindi film from Bengali director Goutam Ghose to a mini-series of Marathi films.
First up, that ‘bromance’. Sulemani Keeda (street slang for ‘pain in the arse’) is a quirky comedy-drama from writer-director Amit Masurkar’s. The 2013 film fits the new trend in Indian cinema towards movies with more realistic stories, dialogue and settings, that eschew top star names. Continue reading
It’s that time of year again – Indian film season on Channel 4.
This Autumn’s run of Bollywood films kicks off with first-time writer-director Anand Gandhi’s drama Ship Of Theseus.
The 2012 film is based on the intellectual proposition that questioned: As the planks of Theseus’ ship needed repair, so they were replaced one by one, until not a single original part remained – so was it then still the same ship? Continue reading
And so Channel 4’s autumn season of Indian films will shortly come to end, but it does so in style with a double-bill combining a documentary on legendary playback singer Lata Mangeshkar and a rare showing of the 1972 film Pakeezah.
Lata In Her Own Voice sees the singer, whose voice has appeared in films for more than six decades, talk about her life and work. (Trivia fans: this version of the documentary is distilled from a six-part series of the same name, originally shown on Channel 4 in 1990.)
Following straight on from the documentary will be a showing of the Meena Kumari starring Pakeezah. The film features Kumari as both a courtesan/ dancer rejected by her lover’s traditional family and then also her duaghter. Continue reading
Following on from posting the full lineup for Channel 4’s Autumn Bollywood season I can also confirm the first three films that will be shown.
First up is Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, writer/director Zoya Akhtar’s light-hearted comedy-drama about three friends and an extended, eventful trip to Spain.
As with her 2009 film Luck By Chance, Zindagi … also stars her twin brother Farhan Akhtar in a crew that this time includes Hrithik Roshan and Katrina Kaif. Continue reading