(Mani Ratnam, India 2013, 165 min., 35mm, Tamil w/subtitles)
Stories of Indian Cinema. A singular example of a Tamil film in our ongoing Stories of Indian Cinema series, Kadal (literally meaning “sea”) is contemplative drama about crime, punishment, redemption, and religion, directed by Mani Ratnam, a true master of multilingual cinema. His films are also dubbed or remade into other regional languages but always wonderfully retain the essence of original. While watching any film envisioned by Ratnam, one is assured to experience a visual treat, exceptional music and background score via his longtime collaborator A. R. Rahman, and a love story veiled amidst the calamity pertinent to contemporary sociopolitical Indian scenario. Mani Ratnam is one of a handful of working Indian filmmakers revered domestically as well as internationally.
See the exhibition! On view in the museum, Stories of Indian Cinema: Abandoned & Rescued tells the behind-the-scenes tale of how the Eastman Museum acquired the largest collection of contemporary Indian cinema at any museum or archive in the world.