Indian Films at Ames Public Library
Today is 4/17/2014
Bend It Like Beckham (DVD COMEDY BEN) 112 min. 2003.
Eighteen-year-old Jesminder’s parents want her to be a conventional Indian girl, but she wants to play soccer like her hero, David Beckham. That means kicking a ball around with the lads until she is spotted by Jules, who invites her to join the local women’s team.
The Bengali Night (DVD DRAMA BEN) 115 min. 1988.
A British engineer enters a forbidden romance with his Indian employer’s daughter. Based on a true story, the film captures the magic and mystery of India.
Bollywood Hollywood (DVD COMEDY BOL) 105 min. 2002.
Millionaire Rahul’s family disapproves his dating Kimberly, a Caucasian pop star. When Kimberly dies in an accident, Rahul’s mother demands his engagement to an Indian girl. Rahul hires a girl to pose as his Indian fiancé in this musical comedy.
Bombay Talkie (DVD DRAMA BOM) 111 min. 2003.
A troubled romance is laced with wit and pointed melodrama to produce an affectionate view of the Indian film industry (aka Bollywood).
Bride & Prejudice (DVD Musical BRI) In English or French, with Spanish captions; some songs in Punjabi with English captions. 111 min. 2004.
In a Bollywood twist based on Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, Mrs. Bakshi sets out to find matches for her four daughters. The second sister, Lalita, meets American Will Darcy.
Chicken Tikka Masala (DVD COMEDY CHI) 90 min. 2005.
Jimi arrives home from medical school to discover his own arranged-marriage engagement party. What his family doesn’t know is that Jimi is gay!
City of Joy (DVD DRAMA CIT) 135 min. 1992.
A heart surgeon flees to India after losing a patient. In Calcutta, he is beaten by a gang and robbed, but is helped by a farmer who gets him to work in his clinic.
Gandhi (DVD DRAMA GAN) 195 min. 1982.
Tells the story of Mohandas Gandhi, the Mahatma, a small, modest man who does what others could not do. He leads an entire country to freedom. A vision of the heart and soul of a man and a nation is vividly portrayed in this masterful epic that took twenty years to make.
The Jewel in the Crown (DVD TV JEW) 375 min. 1984.
Originally broadcast as a Granata Television series, this beautiful work is based on the books of Paul Scott, published as The Raj Quartet (The Jewel in the Crown; The Day of the Scorpion; The Towers of Silence; and A Division of the Spoils). It tells the epic story of people caught up in a struggle during the last five years of British rule in India.