A celebration of contemporary Indian culture presented in partnership with Dishoom, the Bombay café in Manchester. The 2019 edition of Not Just Bollywood links with our year-long programme Celebrating Women in
A celebration of contemporary Indian culture presented in partnership with Dishoom, the Bombay café in Manchester.
The 2019 edition of Not Just Bollywood links with our year-long programme Celebrating Women in Global Cinema to spotlight some of the best examples of Indian independent films directed by women.
Curated by Omar Ahmed, UK-based film scholar and Rachel Hayward, HOME’s Head of Film.
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- Book 2-4 films and get £1 discount off each ticket
- Book 5+ films and get £1.50 discount off each ticket
- All tickets must be purchased at the same time. The discount will be automatically added to your basket
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- September 15, 2019
15:45 The Elements Trilogy: Earth15:45 - 17:45Directed by Deepa Mehta A searing adaptation of Bapsi Sidhwa’s novel ‘Cracking India’ (1991) Deepa Mehta’s second part in the Elements trilogy illustrates how women were victims of Partition, subjected to a trauma and symbolised in the marked violence perpetrated against them. The film stars Nandita Das and Aamir Khan.
- September 18, 2019
18:00 The Elements Trilogy: Water18:00 - 20:00Directed by Deepa Mehta The final part of The Elements Trilogy of dramas examines the plight of a group of widows in late 1930s India who are forced into poverty following the deaths of their husbands. Resigned to being ignored by society, one of them breaks ranks as she tries to strike up an unlikely relationship with a follower of Mahatma Gandhi. Mehta set out to make the film in 2000 but protestors destroyed the sets and Mehta was later forced to film in secrecy in Sri Lanka. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to see this moving film.
- September 21, 2019
18:00 Lipstick Under My Burkha18:00 - 20:00Directed by Alankrita Shrivastava Lipstick Under My Burkha is part of an on-going wave of films that celebrate the emergence of the New Woman in contemporary India. Focusing on the lives of four women from a cross section of Indian society, director Alankrita Shrivastava constructs an inclusive and empowering representation of female resistance, disruption and solidarity. The film faced a battle with censors, leading to a delay in the release of the film. However, widespread critical acclaim meant the film went on to become an unexpected box office hit.
- September 22, 2019
15:50 A Death in the Gunj15:50 - 17:50Directed by Konkona Sen Sharma This period piece features an impressive ensemble cast made up of some of India’s best actors including Ranvir Shorey, Kalki Koechlin, Tillotama Shome, Vikrant Massey, Gulshan Devaiah, Jim Sarbh and Om Puri. Konkana Sen Sharma’s full-length debut feature is a measured and layered study of the repressed tensions and rivalries that steadily rises to the surface amongst a group of friends and family who go on a vacation together. The film has won numerous awards on the festival circuit.
- September 28, 2019
15:30 One Hour Intro: The New Woman and Contemporary Indian Cinema15:30 - 16:30Delve deeper into our Not Just Bollywood film season with this special one-hour introduction from Dr Saba Hussain from the University of Warick. The session will explore the growing power of the female audience at the Indian box office and the re-gendering of narrative storytelling on screen. This illustrated talk will spotlight some of the best examples of this new film practice, celebrating and examining the rise of the New Woman and what this potentially means for the Indian film industry and South Asian cinema more widely. Afterwards, at 17:00 why not check out Rohena Gera’s debut film Sir.
17:00 Sir17:00 - 18:40Directed by Rohena Gera Set in contemporary Mumbai, writer and director Rohena Gera’s debut film Sir is a sharply crafted urban fairy-tale with fine comic touches. The script is wonderfully underplayed and Tillotama Shome (Monsoon Wedding, Qissa) is in superb form bringing to life the nuances of Ratna, a widow and migrant worker has aspirations of becoming a tailor. The cast also includes Vivek Gomber who starred in the award-winning Court (Not Just Bollywood 2017).
- September 29, 2019
13:50 Namdev Bhau in Search of Silence13:50 - 15:20Directed by Dar Gai The mythical ‘Silent Valley’ is the destination for Namdev Bhau, a sixty-five year-old chauffeur who cannot cope with the noise of the city anymore. Ukrainian born Dar Gai’s second feature film adopts an episodic narrative that recalls the spirit of the road movie genre. Along the way a young boy Aaliq (Arya Dave) joins Namdev on his search for tranquillity. With magnificent cinematography and a wonderful supporting cast, this is a brilliant study of the want to escape the dread of urban life.
- October 2, 2019
18:10 Waiting + Introduction18:10 - 19:45Directed by Anu Menon Shot in the picturesque coastal city of Kochi, two strangers strike up an unlikely friendship in a hospital waiting room that leads to an extended philosophical commentary on death, love and social media. Anu Menon’s Waiting is another satisfying work from Drishyam Films that re-teams stalwart Parallel Cinema actor Naseeruddin Shah with Kalki Koechlin, one of the best actors of her generation. This screening of Waiting on Wed 2 Oct at 18:10 will be introduced by Roy Stafford, freelance film educator.
September 11 (Wednesday) - October 2 (Wednesday) BST