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Special events and interviews

Tamas + intro


We screen, in full, this epic drama, set against the backdrop of riot-stricken north India on the eve of Partition.

There will be an optional one hour panel discussion in the Blue Room (free to ticket holders) from 17:00 with chair, academic Yasmin Khan. Further to a previous announcement, we are sorry to report that director Govind Nihalani is unable to fly to London for the discussion. We apologise for any disappointment.

Image from Tamas

India 1987
Dir Govind Nihalani
With Om Puri, Deepa Sahi, Dina Pathak, Bhisham Sahni, Amrish Puri
Hindi with EST
7hrs (including 30min interval)

An epic drama set against the backdrop of riot-stricken North India on the eve of Partition in 1947. Nathu (Puri), an outcast, is hired to kill a pig, whose carcass he’s later appalled to find in front of the mosque. A riot follows and, ridden with guilt, Nathu takes his ailing mother and pregnant wife and leaves town. Hindu and Muslim fundamentalists protested against the TV broadcast of this popular work, and director Govind Nihalani was put under police protection. ‘Making Tamas was an act of faith...’ he said. ‘When Partition happened, I was a little kid but my first memory of fear, panic and blood comes from that period.’ The stellar star cast includes AK Hangal, Uttara Baokar and acclaimed writer Bhisham Sahni, on whose novel this film is based.

See our India on Film season and our free Seniors’ talk on Indian film and Partition.


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