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India on Film

Celebrating the diversity of Indian filmmaking and films about India.

India has one of the world’s richest and most prolific film industries. Throughout 2017, we celebrate the diversity of Indian filmmaking and films about India, from Bollywood to Tollywood (home of Telugu and Bengali cinema) – in cinemas and online. Our programme will include the biggest new movies, independent cinema and restorations of classic titles.

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Hotel Salvation
Hotel Salvation
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Hotel Salvation

Drama201699 minsDirector: Shubhashish Bhutiani

This gentle, tender and award-winning Indian comedy follows the ordeal of an over-worked modern son forced to accompany his 77-year-old father to the holy city of Varanasi, where he plans to end his days.

Shiraz: A Romance of India
Shiraz: A Romance of India
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Shiraz: A Romance of India

Historical drama1928106 minsDirector: Franz Osten

This epic silent film, telling the ravishing, romantic story behind the Taj Mahal, has been newly restored with a sumptuous new score from Anoushka Shankar.

Around India with a Movie Camera
Around India with a Movie Camera
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Around India with a Movie Camera

Documentary201873 minsDirector: Sandhya Suri

Archive footage tells the emotionally-resonant story of life across India pre-1947.

The Lunchbox
The Lunchbox
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The Lunchbox

Drama2013105 minsDirector: Ritesh Batra

Mismatched lunchboxes lead to an unlikely romance in this exquisite Indian drama, brimful of tantalising food and elegantly delivered wisdom.

Fireflies in the Abyss
Fireflies in the Abyss
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Fireflies in the Abyss

Documentary201588 minsDirector: Chandrashekar Reddy

This absorbing documentary follows Suraj a 11-year-old boy who works in the 'rat-hole' mines in the Jaintia Hills of North East India, armed with nothing more than a pickaxe and a head torch. In these hostile pits, every day is a game of death.

An American in Madras
An American in Madras
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An American in Madras

Documentary201380 minsDirector: Karan Bali

Fascinating documentary about Ellis R. Dungan, the American-born filmmaker who arrived in India in 1935 and went on to revolutionise Tamil cinema.

Court
Court
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Court

Drama2014116 minsDirector: Chaitanya Tamhane

Hailed as a modern classic channelling the spirit of Satyajit Ray, Chaitanya Tamhane's film is an absurdist portrait of injustice in contemporary India.

I Am Not He... She
I Am Not He... She
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I Am Not He... She

Drama2015108 minsDirector: B.S. Lingadevaru

Lingadevaru’s unforgettable drama, based on an empowering true story a young boy who travels to Bangalore to follow his dream of becoming a woman.

Jugni
Jugni
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Jugni

Drama2016110 minsDirector: Shefali Bhushan

Exuberant Hindi romance about a composer searching for a golden voice, who unexpectedly falls for a vibrant younger performer.

Jalal's Story
Jalal's Story
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Jalal's Story

Drama2014109 minsDirector: Abu Shahed Emon

Abu Shahed Emon's entrancing film tackles several of Bangladesh's pressing social issues in the story of an abandoned child, believed to be cursed, who ends up entering a life of crime.

Villenour. (French India: Territory of Pondicherry) from India on Film: 1899-1947

More India on Film in our Free collection, India on Film: 1899-1947.