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
The Namesake is as much a film about a Bengali immigrant as she searches for her place within America as it is about her son Gogol, the namesake of the title, and his journey.
The 2006 film is based on a Jhumpa Lahiri novel and tells the story of stars Kal Penn as Gogol, a young Indian American whose name, chosen by his parents Ashoke and Ashima (Tabu) after the Russian writer, causes him to question his identity.
Themes of identity and belonging abound – is he a first-generation American or from a long line of Bengali ancestors? And what of his mother’s journey from a headstrong young woman living in Kolkata to a young wife, then mother, then not-so-young woman living in the US. Continue reading
Tomorrow evening Channel 4’s digital-only offshoot Film 4 will show Bengali family drama The Namesake.
The 2006 film’s premiere on UK television will, unlike the Indian films usually shown on Channel 4, appear at a positively mainstream time.
The Namesake is based on a Jhumpa Lahiri novel and stars Kal Penn as Gogol, a young Indian American whose name, chosen by his parents Ashoke and Ashima (Irrfan Khan and Tabu) after the Russian writer, causes him to question his identity. Continue reading