Indian Films at Ames Public Library
Today is 9/1/2014
In Hindi with English captions, unless otherwise noted.
Aap Mujhe Achche Lagne Lage (DVD FOREIGN AAP) 180 min. 2002.
Footballer Rohit saves the lovely Spana from molestation at the hands of her father’s archrival in the mob underworld. However, after Spana and Rohit recognize their love for each other, Spana’s father announces her engagement to a boy of his choice—the son of a close friend and mob associate—and warns Rohit to forget his daughter and leave the city.
Ab Ke Baras [Now or Never] (DVD FOREIGN AB) 170 min. 2002.
This story of true love tells the desperate struggle between two tormented souls who are torn apart by destiny. The gods offer them one chance to reunite.
Adi Shankaracharya (DVD FOREIGN ADI) 120 min. 1983.
Based on the life of Shankaracharya, a great thinker and the founder of the Advaita philosophy.
Aetbaar [Trust] (DVD FOREIGN AET) 160 min. 2004.
Dr. Malhotra believes he is simply a protective parent, while his daughter Ria thinks he is possessive. All is well until Aryan walks into their lives. He is all that Ria’s father abhors—unpredictable, overpowering, and obsessive.
Agnipankh [Wings of Fire] (DVD FOREIGN AGN) 134 min. 1982.
This is the story of Air Force pilots based in Sringar, Kashmir.
Alibaba aur 40 Chor [Ali Baba and the 40 Thieves] (DVD FOREIGN ALI) 125 min. 2004.
This is Ashok Ranglani’s Alibaba, not the classic 1980 film, which is currently unavailable in the U.S. Alibaba uses magic passwords to enter Zakali’s cave with 40 thieves to take the gold coins. His greedy brother Kasim tries to replicate the coins but is killed by Zakali. Zakali’s men hide in oil jars and enter Alibaba’s home. Alibaba tries to outwit the thieves and avenge his brother’s death.
Amar Akbar Anthony (DVD FOREIGN AMA) 184 min. 1977.
Three brothers are separated at a young age. When they are reunited, they find that all three belong to different religions. Music is by Laxmikant Pyarelal. Directed by Manmohan Desai.
Angoor [Grapes] (DVD FOREIGN ANG) 129 min. 1982.
Raj Tilak and his wife are on a trip with their twin sons, who are both named Ashok. The Tilaks reason that since the boys look alike, why not give them the same name! They adopt another set of identical twins whom they name Bahadur. The trip ends in disaster and the family gets divided, with each parent having one Ashok and one Bahadur. Many years later the two sets of siblings meet again with comic effect. This film is based on Shakespeare’s A Comedy of Errors.
Ankur [The Seedling] (DVD FOREIGN ANK) 136 min. 1973.
The class conflicts of the rich landowners and the toiling peasants are dramatized in an extramarital liaison between an attractive village laborer and her employer. This film, directed by Shyam Benegal, launched a new style of naturalism using recognized Hindi accents. It adapted psychological realism and regionalism to the conventions of the mainstream Hindi movie.
Ansh, the Deadly Part (DVD FOREIGN ANS) 165 min. 2002.
Groups of corrupt government agents battle each other for control.
Antarmahal (DVD FOREIGN ANT) In Bengali with English, Hindi, Tamil, and Telugu captions. 118 min. 2006.
Set in 1878 Britain-controlled India, through an aging man, and those affected by him, the reality of ruthless obsession and unfettered desire for power is exposed.
Aparajito [The Unvanquished] (DVD FOREIGN UNV) In Bengali with English captions. 113 min. 1956.
This second volume in Satyajit Ray’s Apu Trilogy follows Apu and his family to the city.
Asoka [Ashoka] (DVD FOREIGN ASO) 169 min. 2001.
Emperor Ashoka ascended the throne of Magadha in the third century B.C. To extend his kingdom, he wages war on Kalinga, leaving it ravaged and devastated. In the aftermath, Ashoka is remorseful and renounces war to dedicate his life to the teachings of Buddha.