Indian Films at Ames Public Library
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Tere Naam [Your Name] (DVD FOREIGN TER) 166 min. 2000.
An obsessive lover goes to any lengths to win his ladylove.
3 Idiots (DVD FOREIGN THR) Hindi or English dialogue; English, French or Spanish subtitles. 164 min. 2011.
Rascal. Joker. Dreamer. Genius. From the moment ‘Rancho’ arrives at India's most prestigious university, his outlandish schemes turn the campus upside down, along with the lives of his two newfound friends. Together, they make life miserable for 'Virus,' the school's uptight and heartless dean. But when Rancho catches the eye of the dean's sexy daughter, Virus sets his sights on flunking out the 3 idiots.
Twenty-Third March 1931[ Shaheed] (DVD FOREIGN TWE) 188 min. 2002.
A biography of freedom fighter Bhagat Singh. The story begins when Singh is young and his homeland has been taken away from his people by the British. Growing up, he is witness to many atrocities. When Ajit, his uncle, is forced to leave India and flee to Iran in fear of his life, Bhagat begins to understand what his destiny will be.
Umrao Jaan (DVD FOREIGN UMR) 188 min. 2006.
When Umrao Jaan, a courtesan in 19th century Lucknow, decides not to dance for people any longer, she finds it difficult to escape from the world she lives in.
The Unvanquished [Aparajito] (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. (See Pather Panchali, #1, and The World of Apu, #3).
Vanaja (DVD FOREIGN VAN) In Telugu with English subtitles. 112 min. 2006.
Set in rural South India, Vanaja, the 14-year-old daughter of a poor fisherman, goes to work in the house of the local landlady in hopes of learning Kuchipudi dance. But matters turn ugly when the landlady's son returns, pitching her into a battle of caste, class and animus from which there is only one escape.
Vanaprastham [The Last Dance] (DVD FOREIGN VAN) In Hindi and Malayalam, with English captions. 120 min. 1999.
Kunhikuttan is a Kathakali performer in a loveless marriage. When he falls in love with Subhadra, a beautiful woman of a higher caste, they begin a doomed love affair.
Veer Zaara (DVD FOREIGN VEE) 192 min. 2004.
After seven years, Yash Chopra again dons the directorial garb to bring us a love legend of courage and integrity. Veer-Zaara is the tale of an Indian man, Veer Pratap Singh (Shahrukh Khan) and a Pakistani woman, Zaara Hayaat Khan (Preity Zinta). It is also the story of Saamiya Siddiqui (Rani Mukerji), a Pakistani lawyer who tries to break the barriers separating the two lovers.
Vivah (DVD FOREIGN VIV) 169 min. 2006.
An orphan girl who lives with her uncle and aunt death is thrust into meeting a young man, which leads to love and marriage. A tragedy occurs; will their love survive?
Water (DVD FOREIGN WAT) 117 min. 2005.
In 1938, a Hindu widow could throw herself on her husband’s funeral pyre, marry her husband’s younger brother, or live in poverty. When eight-year-old Chuyia is widowed, she goes to Varanasi where Hindu widows live in penitence. Her feisty presence forces the residents to confront their faith and society’s prejudices, especially a young woman in love with a man who follows Mahatma Gandhi. This is the last of producer/director Deepa Mehta’s Fire-Earth-Water trilogy.
Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara (DVD FOREIGN ZIN) 154 min. 2011.
Three friends decide to turn their fantasy vacation into reality after one of their number becomes engaged.