(K. Asif, India 1960, 197 min., 35mm, Urdu w/subtitles)
Festival of Indian Cinema | Panel Discussion. Comparable to Gone With the Wind, this historical epic was the highest grossing film in India’s history—and still is when adjusted for inflation. In the Mughal Empire of the sixteenth century, Prince Salim grows up spoiled and self-indulgent. His father sends him to war to “make a man of him,” but doesn’t like the result when Salim returns. Attracted to a court dancer, Salim enters a forbidden romance. When the emperor finds out, he throws the dancer in prison, which only pushes Salim further away. This 2004 release marked the first time a Hindi film was colorized, and the first time any Indian film was re-released in theaters.
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Preceded by a 12 p.m. panel with Anaar Desai-Stephens (Eastman School of Music), Monika Mehta (Binghamton University), and Harleen Singh (Brandeis University), and followed by a panel discussion titled "Growing Up with Indian Cinema" with the Indian Community Center of Rochester.
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Festival of Indian Cinema | Panel Discussion. One of India’s most vibrant directors, Mani Ratnam has directed or written some of the most memorable films in recent decades, including the controversial Bombay (1995).
Festival of Indian Cinema | Panel Discussion. This film’s journey to the screen is nearly as complex as its plot. A Hindi reworking of the director’s own 2005 Tamil film of the same name, the film has too many shadows of Christopher Nolan’s Memento (2000) to be a coincidence.