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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Jalal's StoryJalal'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.

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

Drama2015108 minsDirector: B.S. Lingadevaru

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

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Drama2016110 minsDirector: Shefali Bhushan

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

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Around India with a Movie CameraAround India with a Movie Camera

Documentary201873 minsDirector: Sandhya Suri

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

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Fireflies in the AbyssFireflies 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.

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An American in MadrasAn 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.

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