Indian Films at Ames Public Library
Today is 12/21/2014
Lagaan: Once upon a Time in India (DVD FOREIGN LAG) 225 min. 2001.
Set in Queen Victoria’s India, this is a story about a bloodless battle fought by a group of unlikely heroes. Will a game of cricket stop three years of lagaan (tax) imposed on the villagers by the British?
Like Stars on Earth (DVD FOREIGN LIK) In Hindi or English with English and Hindi Subtitles. 165 min. 2007.
Eight-year-old Ishaan can't seem to get anything right in class and gets into more trouble than his parents can handle. They pack him off to boarding school to 'be disciplined,' and his art teacher, Nikumbh, realizes that something is wrong and sets out to discover what it is. With time, patience, and care, Nikumbh helps Ishann find himself.
Madhoshi [Madness] (DVD FOREIGN MAD) 150 min. 2005.
Anu suffers depression since her sister and brother-in-law were killed in the September 11, 2001, attacks in New York. Her parents hope an arranged marriage to Arpit will brighten her days. However, Anu is drawn to another man, Aman.
Main Prem Ki Diwani Hoon [I’m a Fan of Love] (DVD FOREIGN MAI) 176 min. 2003.
Two boys who are friends fall in love with the same girl, Sanjana. Much confusion ensues, but all ends happily in this “Bollywood” musical.
Maya (DVD FOREIGN MAY) 105 min. 2001.
Maya's and her cousin Sanjay’s life is simple in rural India. Their love shatters when Maya becomes the victim of an ancient and brutal ritual, tragically ending her childhood and scarring her for life.
Mera Naam Joker [My Name Is Joker] (DVD FOREIGN MER) 224 min. 1970.
Rajoo is the clown who wants to follow his father’s footsteps in the entertainment industry, against his mother’s wishes. It is on his journey to becoming the most beloved clown in the circus world that Rahoo falls in love with several beautiful ladies, only to be left heartbroken by their ambition and hunger for success.
Mission Kashmir (DVD FOREIGN MIS) 157 min. 2000.
When a young boy is orphaned during a violent attack on his home, he is adopted by the officer in charge of the raid and his wife. His wonderful life with his new parents is shattered when he discovers that the man he calls father was responsible for murdering his biological parents. After ten years away, he returns home on a mission of annihilation, revolution, and revenge.
Monsoon Wedding (DVD FOREIGN MON) In English, with some dialogue in Hindi and Punjabi, with English captions. 115 min. 2001.
Love, lust, and hope envelop an upper-middle-class Indian family and their guests as they celebrate for four days the arranged marriage of their daughter to an Indian man from Texas. Directed by Mira Nair.
Mr. & Mrs. Iyer (DVD FOREIGN MR) In English and Tamil, with English captions. 120 min. 2002.
A Muslim wildlife photographer and a married south Indian Hindu Brahmin are thrown together during a short journey that changes both their lives.
Mujhse Dosti Karoge! [Will You Be My Friend?!] (DVD FOREIGN MUJ) 150 min. 2002.
Raj has a crush on Tina, but Tina’s friend Pooja has a crush on Raj. When Raj’s family moves to England, Raj promises Tina that he will keep in touch. Tina does not to respond to his e-mail. Pooja writes to him, signing Tina’s name. After 15 years, Raj returns to India on vacation, thinking Tina has been his “pen pal." He is struck by Tina’s beauty, but he is attracted to Pooja’s personality. Whom will he choose?
Mujhse Shaadi Karogi [Will You Marry Me?] (DVD FOREIGN MUJ) 157 min. 2004.
In this comedy, Sameer falls in love with Rani and his happiness is soon sabotaged by his new roommate Sunny, who has also fallen for Rani. Both young men try to win their lady love, but whatever Sameer does goes wrong while whatever Sunny tries is right. Complications arise from Rani’s strict army officer father and others.
Mumbai Se Aaya Mera Dost [My Friend in Mumbai] (DVD FOREIGN MUM) 146 min. 2003.
India is a land of a billion people, 60% of whom are living in over 500,000 countryside villages. Despite the efforts of the India Rural Department, about 87,000 of these villages have no electricity. This film shows one village and deals with a month in the life of Kanji, whose innocent gift to his grandfather’s recently electrified village results in a power struggle that results in laugh-out-loud humor.
Music Room (DVD FOREIGN MUS) Bengali dialogue; English subtitles. 99 min. 1958.
Director Satyajit Ray brilliantly evokes the crumbling opulence of the world of a fallen aristocrat desperately clinging to his way of life. His greatest joy is the music room in which he has hosted lavish concerts over the years, now a shadow of its former vivid self. An incandescent depiction of the clash between tradition and modernity, and a showcase for some of India's most popular musicians of the day, The Music Room is a defining work by the great Bengali filmmaker.