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FILAM INDIA – Oct to Dec 2017 at the David Lean Cinema

To mark the 70th anniversary of Indian independence, Apsara Arts are delighted to bring ‘Filam India’ programme to celebrate some of rarely seen true classics of Indian cinema. Experience the romantic dream of Guru Dutt’s musical masterwork Pyaasa to Satyajit Ray’s powerful parable of tradition and modernity, Jalsaghar (The Music Room).
Tickets £7 (£6 concession)
Films programmed:

25 Oct – Court
27 Oct – Hotel Salvation
4 Nov – Pyaasa; 8 Nov – Mahanagar; 17 Nov – Sholay; 25 Nov – Kapoor & Sons

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COURT (PG)
Wed 25 October at 7.30m
116 mins, India 2014
Languages
English, Gujarati, Hindi, Marathi
Subtitles Partial English
DIRECTOR : CHAITYANE TAMHANE
STARS : VIRA SATHIDAR, VIVEK GOMBER, GEETANJALI KULKARNI

Court is a quietly devastating, absurdist portrait of injustice, caste prejudice, and venal politics in contemporary India. Taking a pointed look at the contradictions of the Indian legal system, the story unfolds about Mumbai’s invisible underclass in which an aging folk singer emerges as an unlikely source of socio-political resistance. Court was met with universal critical acclaim on the film festival circuit and is one of the best films to emerge from the recent wave of independent Indian films.

PYAASA (U)

Sat 4th November at 5.30pm
146 minutes, 1957 India
Hindi with EST
DIRECTOR : GURU DUTT
STARS : MALA SINHA, GURU DUTT, WAHEDA REHMAN, REHMAN

The film will be introduced by award winning filmmaker Ahmed Jamal

An immortal classic, Guru Dutt’s soulful, romantic masterpiece Pyaasa is frequently listed as one of the greatest films of all time. Translating as ‘The Thirsty One’, Pyaasa, set in post-independence Kolkata, the film tells the story of Vijay, a struggling poet trying to make his works known in post-independence India, and Gulabo, a prostitute with a heart of gold who eventually helps him get his poems published. Dutt’s stark black and white cinematography powerfully evokes the antagonistic forces at work in this classic romantic melodrama.

HOTEL SALVATION (Mukti Bhava) 12A

Friday 27 October at 7.30pm
99min, India 2016
Hindi with EST
DIRECTOR : SHUBHASHISH BHUTIANI
STARS : ADIL HUSSAIN, LALIT BEHL, GEETANJALI KULKARNI

Hotel Salvation is a warm tale of life and relationships, embedded in Indian culture and Hindu rituals.
Faced with his father’s untimely & bizarre demand to go and die in the holy city of Varanasi and attain salvation, a son is left with no choice but to embark on this journey.
The simple pleasures of this timeless city are explored as father and son belatedly come to know each other in the enforced intimacy of their cramped hotel room and the teaming streets. This gentle and tender multi award-winning film will make you laugh and cry.

MAHANAGAR (The big City) PG
Wed 8th November at 7.30m
131 minutes, India 1964
Bengali with EST
DIRECTOR : SATYAJIT RAY
STARS : MADHABI MUKHERJEE, ANIL CHATTERJEE, HARADHAN BANNERJEE, JAYA BHADURI

Mahanagar documents with brilliant sensitivity a changing Calcutta of the mid-1950s. The screenplay delves into the agony and ecstasy, the turbulence and excitement of shifting social mores seen through a lower middle class Bengali family when a housewife gets a job as a saleswoman.
It is a profound sociological study into men and women’s relationship, a portrayal of the world of work from the point of view of women, and an analysis of the clash of modernism and traditions in a middle-class urban family.

SHOLEY (PG)
Fri 17 November at 7pm
162 minutes, India 1975
Hindi with EST
DIRECTOR : RAMESH SIPPY
STARS : DHARMENTRA, SANJEEV KUMAR, HEMA MALINI, AMJAD KHAN, AMITABH BACHCHAN, JAYA BHADURI

Dubbed The Godfather of Bollywood films, it ranked “Top 10 Indian Films” of all time in the British Film Institute 2002 poll. The film drew heavily from the conventions of Westerns, and is a defining example of the masala film, which mixes several genres in one work. A retired police chief enlists the help of two criminals, to bring down a notorious bandit who murdered his family and terrorised the region. Opening with one of the most memorable action sequences in film history, it’s clear to see why this breathless action-adventure has left an impact on Indian cinema like no other.

KAPOOR & SONS (12A)
Sat 25 November at 6pm
140 minutes, INDIA 2016
Hindi with EST
DIRECTOR : SHAKUN BATRA
STARS : RISHI KAPOOR, FAWAD KHAN, RATNA PATHAK, SIDHARTH MALHOTRA, ALIA BHATT
140 minutes, INDIA 2016
Hindi with EST

A story revolving around a dysfunctional family of two brothers who visit their family and discover that their parent’s marriage is on the verge of collapse, the family is undergoing financial crunch and much more as the drama unfolds.

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