Indian Films at Ames Public Library
Today is 11/22/2014
Earth (DVD FOREIGN EAR) In Hindi, Urdu, Paree, and Punjabi, with English captions. 101 min. 1999.
Based on the book Cracking India, by Bapsi Sidhwa, Earth was written and directed by Deepa Mehta, the second of her trilogy. Set in 1947 Lahore before partition, when Hindu, Sikh, Parsee, and Muslim lived in peace, events are seen by eight-year-old Lenny, a girl from an affluent Parsee family. Lenny’s nanny, Shantya, a Hindu, is romantically involved with Masseur, a Muslim. When a train of Muslims arrives with all the passengers murdered, the sects turn against each other.
Ek Hasina Thi [A Beautiful Woman] (DVD FOREIGN EK) 120 min. 2004.
Sarika is a happy, single working woman in Mumbai. Karan is a globe-trotting financial whiz who is courting Sarika. Life is beautiful until one day an event plunges Sarika into the nightmare of police and prison.
Fanaa (DVD FOREIGN FAN) 168 min. 2006.
Zooni, a blind Kashmiri girl, meets Rehan Qadri, a local tour guide and an incorrigible flirt. Her friends warn her against him. Rehan, fascinated by Zooni, wants her to see life as it should be seen, in its many colors. He promises her that time spent with him will be the most precious in all her life. However, Rehan has another side of his life that he has kept from her that destroys her life.
Fire (DVD FOREIGN FIR) In English. 104 min. 1996.
This is the first of a trilogy by director Deepa Mehta. Fire was a film banned in India because of its portrayal of lesbianism.
Gol Maal [Uncertain] (DVD FOREIGN GOL) 139 min. 1979.
Ram Prasad, a recent college graduate, finds a job with Bhavani Shankar, who believes a man without a mustache is a man without character. Shankar also is against any of his employees indulging in recreation. When Ram is caught by his boss at a soccer match, he invents a twin brother, the clean-shaven Laxman Prasad, to save his job. Confusion ensues when Shankar’s daughter falls in love with the clean-shaven Laxman; hilarity results.
The Golden Fortress [Sonar Kella] (DVD FOREIGN GOL) In Bengali with English captions. 120 min. 1974.
A parapsychologist discovers that a boy’s drawings represent scenes from a former life. Everything in the dream took place in a fortress where the boy’s father worked as a gem cutter. The boy is led to places in Rajastan where such an environment might be found. Alerted to this phenomenon by the newspapers, bandits kidnap him. Two detectives are sent to recover the boy and get hold of the fortress’ treasure.
Guru (DVD FOREIGN GUR) 166 min. 2007.
A villager, Gurukant Desai, the son of a village schoolteacher comes to Bombay in 1958 and rises from its street life to become the biggest tycoon in Indian history.
Hum Aapke Hain Koun! [Who Am I to You!] (DVD FOREIGN HUM) 195 min. 1994.
Two families are brought together by a marriage. When the wife dies, leaving a child, her sister is pressured to marry the widower and become the child’s mother. The husband’s brother, however, has fallen in love with the sister.
Hum Tum (DVD FOREIGN HUM) 142 min. 2004.
The lives of Karan and Rhea offer a refreshing look at the eternal battle of the sexes. Karan is a cartoonist whose characters, Hum and Tum, reflect his perspective on the love-hate relationship between men and women.