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India on Film: Bollywood 2.0

April 2017

Indian cinema is increasingly exploring the ‘Mindie’ (mainstream+indie) space with realistic yet entertaining films.

Introduction by Meenakshi Shedde, Guest Curator of UK/India 2017

India on Film: Bollywood 2.0

India has one of the world’s richest and most prolific film industries. Throughout 2017, we celebrate the diversity of Indian filmmaking and films about India – from Bollywood to Tollywood (home of Telugu and Bengali cinema) – in cinemas and online. Our programme will include previews of the biggest new movies, independent cinema and restorations of classic titles, and opportunities to meet stars and filmmakers.

Robin Baker, BFI Head Curator

Introduction

New Bollywood has dynamited the myth of the great, happy Indian family and pressed the eject button on the masala formula of romance, fights, six songs and a happy ending. The tectonic plates of art and entertainment have converged, making for a growing middle ground of ‘Mindie’ films – realistic films about people like us, but with songs. Liberated from convention, they tackle issues including caste, crime, homosexuality, the oppression of Muslim minorities, dysfunctional Indian families and feminism – and many have delightful numbers that make you want to leap up and dance! Globalisation has brought international co-productions, yet many voices retain their originality. The films in our Bollywood 2.0 season have been acclaimed at festivals worldwide and found audiences in India.

India on Film is part of UK/India 2017, a major cultural collaboration between the two countries. In collaboration with The British Council.

WANT MORE?

See the UK premiere of Baahubali: The Conclusion.

See our Woman with a Movie Camera strand for India in a Day + Q&A with director Richie Mehta, editor Beverley Mills and producer Cassandra Sigsgaard.

April sees the launch of our Indian Cinema Collection on BFI Player, with new titles added throughout 2017.

Check out our The Art of Indian Cinema display in the Mezzanine Gallery.

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