South Asian Film Series: Highlights of Indian Cinema, 1955-2013

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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass., September 30, 2014—From Oct. 6 to April 13, the Williams College departments of English and history will screen a South Asian film series featuring popular and art house cinema from 1955 to 2013. All shows are free and open to the public and will begin at 7 p.m. in the Paresky Auditorium.

The series begins on Monday, October 6, with Anand Gandhi’s The Ship of Theseus (2013). The film explores identity, justice, beauty, meaning, and death through the lives of a photographer, a stockbroker, and a monk.

Monday, November 10: Vijay Anand’s Guide (1965), adapted from R.K. Narayan’s novel of the same name, is a romantic drama about the relationship between a married dancer and a tour guide. It features music and dancing by actress Waheeda Rehman.

Monday, December 1: The landmark Hindi film, Yash Chopra’s Deewar (1975), follows the story of two brothers, one leading the underworld and the other a policeman.

Monday, February 9: The highest-grossing Hindi film of all time, Aditya Chopra’s Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995), marks the coming of age of the Bollywood genre. It tells the story of a young Indian man and woman based in London who fall in love. When the woman’s father insists on a traditional marriage to another man in India, her lover tries to convince him to let them wed.

Monday, March 9: Muzzaffar Ali’s Umrao Jaan (1982), is based on an Urdu novel published in 1899. It follows a young courtesan living in the world of royal courts and Indian princes. It features classical Indian music.

Monday, April 13: Satyajit Ray’s Pather Panchali (1955), is the first film in the Apu Trilogy. It tells the story of a poor family in Bengal. The film premiered at New York’s Museum of Modern Art.

In addition to the Monday series, there will be two special screenings and presentations in March. At 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 4, Jean Renoir’s The River (1951) will be shown followed by a presentation the next day, March 5, by Priya Jaikumer (University of Southern California) at 4 p.m. At 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 17, Anand Patwardhan’s Father, Son and Holy War (1994) will be shown. The next day, at 4 p.m. on March 18, Rachel Dwyer (School of Oriental and African Studies, London) will speak on the social implications of Bollywood cinema


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