Saturday, May 26, 2012

Indian Film Festival 2012

Indian Film Festival
The Indian film festival is back! This year it has moved from the Swan Cinema in Rathmines to the Dundrum Cinema. Here is their website. The only listing they seem to have showing the films that are on with times is in a cumbersome PDF version of the programme. As a service to all lovers of Indian cinema and film generally, I have extracted the information and created the following list. All of these films are on in Dundrum, apart from Mughal-e-Azam, which is being shown in the Chester Beatty Library.

Friday 08/06/2012

Gala Opening Double Bill:
18:30 India by Song (2011) – documentary / musical (seems to be a Bollywood version of the Rock and Roll Years) IMDB
20:00 West Is West (2012) – family drama / UK set (sequel of sorts to East Is East) IMDB

Saturday 09/06/2012

13:00 This film is being shown in the Chester Beatty Library Mughl-e-Azam (1960) – Classic, Historical (Mughal era) IMDB
14:00 Delhi Belly (2011) – some kind of wacky caper film IMDB
16:00 Hisss (2010) – SF / horror, US co-producion, directed by Jennifer Lynch IMDB
18:00 Jodhaa Akbar (2008) – historical (Mughal era) / musical IMDB

Sunday 10/06/2012

14:00 Hare Rama Hare Krishna (1971) – Classic / musical IMDB
17:00 Dirty Picture (2011) – biopic of tragic Bollywood actress IMDB
19:50 Ajintha (2012) – musical / historical [mysteriously unlisted on IMDB]

Monday 11/06/2012

11:00 Chillar Party (2011) – kiddie film IMDB
13:30 Aarakshan (2011) – political / controv (deals with caste issues etc.) IMDB
16:00 Pakeezah (1972) – classic / historical / musical IMDB
19:05 One Dollar Curry (2004) – contemporary, set in France IMDB

Vijay Singh, the director of One Dollar Curry and India by Song will be in attendance, as will Ila Arun, who appears in West Is West and Jodhaa Akbar.

Any pointers on things to see? The one real essential for me is Hare Rama Hare Krishna, which features the famous Asha Bhosle tune 'Dum Maro Dum' and which casts a caustic eye on the Hare Krishna movement and the stoner hippies from the West who had descended on India. I will probably try and go to at least one of the historical epics. Dirty Picture might also be an interesting depiction of the dark side of the Indian film industry, a Bollywood Sunset Boulevard.

There is also a black tie gala dinner with live entertainment on the 9th of June, to raise money for an orphanage in Delhi. See the Indian Film Festival website for details.

My previous experiences with this festival: 2011, 2010. It upsets me that I never got round to saying more about Omkara, one of the best films I have ever seen. Such is life.

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