A special season of films to mark the 70th anniversary of Indian Independence has started at Picturehouse Bradford, celebrating the variety of Indian cinema – from classic to contemporary. “The Indian film industry is incredibly rich and we’re delighted to join the BFI in their nationwide celebration of Indian cinema,” says Marketing Manager Roxy van der Post. “There is a massive interest in Indian films in Bradford. City Park was buzzing when Bollywood stars Ranveer Singh and Vaani Kapoor greeted their fans, and our Q&A screening of Viceroy’s House was a sell-out. With India On Film we’re able to offer a more diverse and longer-lasting film programme, while also showing the variety of our regular film programme”.
As part of the India on Film season, is also Stephen Frears’ hotly anticipated biographical drama Victoria And Abdul (from Friday 15 September). Other films include, Satyajit’s classic Charulata, released in 1964, set in 1880’s which tells the story about a lonely wife who bonds with her cousin-in-law over their love for literature. Silent Waters (Khamosh pani), is another great film in the special season, which tells the story of a Pakistani widow is concerned that her son is being radicalised by Islamic extremists. Soon they are reminded of the terrible secrets of Partition, when men would rather kill their own women than have them ‘dishonoured’ by the enemy.
Then there’s Bollywood greats such as Bajirao Mastani and how can you forget the ultimate classic Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge, which will be a special screening on 24 September, followed bya Q&A with Avtar Panesar, Vice president International Operations at Yash Raj Films. The Q&A session will focus on the history of Hindi films and how they have been introduced to British audiences over the years. Miss Van der Post says: “Yash Raj Films is India’s leading entertainment company, so we’re simply thrilled to welcome Avtar Panesar to celebrate India On Film with us.”
For more information or to book go to https://www.picturehouses.com/cinema/National_Media_Museum/Whats_On?filter=India