Day School: Introducing Indian Independent Cinema



Mechanics Institute Library, Bradford

Saturday 14 October, 10.30am – 4.30pm

Tutor: Roy Stafford


India produces over 1,000 films per year but most of them are ‘popular entertainments’ in a variety of languages such as Hindi, Tamil, Telugu etc. and some of these make it to UK multiplex screens.

Much more rarely do we see the small independent films which are gradually getting exposure at international film festivals. Recently we have shown Court at Kala Sangam and in the last few weeks Hotel Salvation has been screened at various cinemas in West Yorkshire. The Lunchbox was a surprise hit a few years ago. The Day School will explore the changes in Indian Cinema which have helped produce these new films and trace their origins back to the 1960s and earlier.

We will show Waiting (2016) a sensitive comedy drama starring two of the most important actors of the new cinema, Naseeruddin Shah and Kalki Koechlin. This film’s language is officially ‘Hinglish’ – mainly English with some Hindi phrases and occasional dialogues that are subtitled.

Tea and coffee are available at the Mechanics Institute Library. There are places nearby to buy lunch and you are also welcome to bring your own lunch.

Tickets are £14 and £9 concessions.


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