Directed by Rishi Kapoor. Cast: Rajesh Khanna, Akshaye Khanna, Aishwariya Rai. Rohan, an unemployed, well educated Indian, leaves India at the advice of his friend in New York to seek work in a new land. Much to his chagrin, however, life in America is not what he expected. 173 min. DVD 3437
Directed by Raj Kapoor. Cast: Raj Kapoor, Nargis, Kaminikaushal, Nigar, Kamal Kapoor, Indumati, Premnath. Kewal and Nimmi are childhood sweethearts who share a passion for theatre. They promise each other that when they grow up, they will start their own theatre company. However, Nimmi's family moves away. Years later, Rajan and Kewal revive an old theatre. One day, a young destitute girl comes to the theatre and begins to act in Kewal's plays. Fascinated by her, Kewal names her Nimmi. But when he discovers that Rajan is also in love with her, he steps aside only to realize that Nimmi loves him. 129 min. DVD 3490
Directed by Raja Nawathe. Cast: Raj Kapoor, Nargis, Vijay Laxmi, Pran ; playback singers, Lata Mangeshkar, Mukesh. If circustances had not made Raj an engineer he would have been a poet. Respecting his father's wishes for an arranged marriage he reluctantly writes a letter to Chandra, the sophisticated daughter of a rich family. The letter he wrote was pure poetry, but Chandra was unmoved. Her teenaged sister however was immensely impressed so she responded on her sisters behalf. 138 min. DVD 3506
Directed by J. Om Prakash. Cast: Raakesh Roshan, Smita Patil, Rajesh Khanna, Tina Munim. A poignant tale of a woman's fight for her rights. When Nisha gives birth to a baby girl, and during her pregnancy, when she is hospitalized, her husband has an affair with another woman. Not only is she shocked to discover his infidenity, but the other woman turns out to be her younger sister, who has no intention of leaving. 161 min. DVD 3435
Directed by Mukul Dutt. Cast: Rajesh Khanna, Asha Parekh, Vinod Khanna, Rajendra Nath, Jr. Mehmood. Varsha, the only daughter of a wealthy retired judge agrees to pose as a poor girl Deepali, and take up employment with rich industrialist Anil. Anil asks Varsha to pose as his fiancee, and help him to convince his mother that he is about to settle down as a respectable family man. Before long, Anil learns of Varsha's real identity, and to make Anil's position even more uncomfortable, his mother discovers that far from reforming, Anil is in fact plotting to grab all her money. 181 min. DVD 3524
Directed by Gulzar. Cast: Sanjeev Kumar, Suchitra Sen, Om Shipuri, Om Prakash, Rehman, Manmohan, A.K. Hangal, Om Shivpuri. A gallant hotel manager is discrete about a drunk daughter of a politician, and they fall in love and have a daughter. Their differences cause them to separate. They meet again years later when she is an established politician and is caught on a front page cover story in the arms of another man-- the same hotel manager she fell in love with years ago. Now she has to win back the trust and votes of her people. 133 min. DVD 3418
Directed by Vipul Amrutlal Shah. Presents the story of a disillusioned bank manager who gets revenge when he is unfairly terminated from his position by robbing his own bank. Though the robbery proves to be a difficult task, the aftermath poses even greater dangers for the thieves as a series of double crosses finds their already shaky alliance crumbling at the foundation. 161 min. DVD 3448
Directed by J. Om Prakash. A youthful college romance leads to marriage between Sunita and Kamal, but his suspicious nature and nocturnal absences cause a serious rift leading to complete estrangement between them. Sunita brings up her daughter without Kamal's knowing of his paternity until the very dramatic and needlessly tragic climax. 154 min. DVD 3453
Directed by Guru Dutt. In this fast paced drama Kaalu, a taxi driver and mechanic who has served a jail sentence for rash driving, is in love with Nicky, the daughter of his boss at the garage. When his boss offers to buy him the taxi Kaalu agrees, not knowing that he intends to use the taxi for smuggling. 141 min. DVD 998
Cousins, Mark. "Guru Dutt: Such Sweet Sorrow." Sight & Sound v. ns16 no. 3 (March 2006) p. 30-2
Khan, P., et. al., The song picture man [Guru Dutt]. Sight & Sound v. ns4 (October 1994) p. 26-8
Aas Ka Panchhi (1961)
Directed by Mohan Kumar. Cast: Rajinder Kumar, Vyjayantimala, Shaminder, Nazir Hussain, Leela Chitnis, Kathana. A tender tale of how a young man dreamt of big things in life and how the love of a young girl inspired and held him to achieve his ambitions. The story centers around three childhood friends Rajan, Ramesh and Mangal, in search of their professional careers and life mates. 160 min. DVD 3425
Directed by J. Om Prakash. Cast: Jeetendra, Reena Roy, Rameshwari, Girish Karnad, Bhagwan, Sunder, Shivraj, Dulari. Popular singer Aasha meets Deepak, a truck driver in a roadside restaurant. Deepak comes to one of Aasha's shows with his fiancee Mala, whom he subsequently marries. Deepak meets with an accident, and Mala believing him dead, attempts suicide but is saved by a sculptor. Meanwhile Deepak reaches home and is told his wife is dead. Aasha keeps company with Deepak but she discovers that his wife is still alive. Should she withhold the information from Deepak so she can marry him or tell him the truth and loose him forever? 153 min. DVD 3440
Directed by Basu Bhattacharya. Cast: Rajesh Khanna, Sharmila Tagore, Dina Gandhi, Dennis Clement, Satyendra Kappu; playback singers, Asha Bhonsle, Manna Dey, Jagit Singh, Chitra Singh. Follows the lives of a young couple, Amar and Mansi, through their courtship and their marriage. Their relationship becomes more complicated as they become parents and Amar takes a job with an advertising agency that employs beautiful women in their work. 98 min. DVD 3493
Contemporary "super hit" songs presented in theatrical scenes excerpted from Indian feature films. Song selections: Pardesi babu, Doli saja ke rakhna, Kachche dhage, Wajood, Hu tu tu, Private songs, Daag, Aa ab laut chalen, Kala Samara jiya, Bade dil wala, Hum aapke dil mein rehte hain, Doli sajea ke rakhna, Zakhm, Lal badshah, Laawaris, Lo main agaya. 176 min. Video/C 6866
The Adversary (Pratidwandi) (1972)
Directed by Satyajit Ray. Cast: Dhritiman Chatterjee, Joyshree Roy, Krishna Bose, Kalyan Chatterjee, Bhasker Chowdbury.
The story of a young man whose education was stopped by the death of his father when he was almost through medical school. He attempts to find a job and cope with personal and family problems. He is not a committed revolutionary or politically active, but finds that he has to deal with the political, social and economic cultures of Calcutta. This film is the first in Ray's Calcutta trilogy and is an example of Hindu neorealism. Based on the story by Sunil Ganguly. 110 min. DVD X6331; vhs 999:907
Directed by Esmayeel Shroff. The daughter of a reluctant prostitute and her lost lover grows into a lovely teenager, and falls in love with the boy next door. Her father then reappears, respectable and married, but refuses to acknowledge his former mistress or their child. In Hindi-Urdu with English subtitles. 168 min. vhs 999:2223
Director Shakti Samanta. A railroad station agent harbors a mysterious woman fleeing from pursuers whom she claims are trying to take the jewels she has in her possession. In Hindi with English subtitles. 123 min. vhs 999:2069
Directed by Vijay Galani. Cast: Akshay Kumar, Bobby Deol, Kareena Kapoor, Bipasha Basu. The story of Raj, a horse polo coach, his wife Priya and their neighbors Sonja and Vicky. Vicky and Priya are compatible in their lifestyles and it also happens that Raj and Sonja share the same attitude. Vicky proposes to Raj the idea of wife swapping which ends their friendship. On a later occasion when both are drunk Vicky suggests the idea again and Raj agrees. Raj goes to Sonja's bedroom and soon after Sonja turns up dead. DVD X6385
Alif Nun = Alif Noon--most popular & Unforget[t]able Play (1954)
A program comprising satirical skits on social evils in the Pakistani society. Originally produced for Television. In Urdu. PAL format. 280 min. Video/C 3905
Directed by Mehboob Khan. A cowardly hero, Amar seduces a milkmaid, Sonia. As Amar watches silently when Sonia suffers the consequences of their passionate moment, the villain, Sankat, offers her help and confort. Sankat causes havoc in the village before getting killed in a fight with Amar. Sonia is arrested and defended in court by Amar who eventually marries her. The melodramatic subject combined with some unusual surreal imagery makes this film an oddity in the Indian film genre.
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Directed by Manmohan Desai. Lavish action-filled account of the separation and eventual reunion of three brothers: one raised by a Hindu policeman, one raised by a Muslim tailor, and one raised by a Catholic priest. 184 min. DVD 3416; vhs 999:2757
A television serial dealing with the lower middle class people of cosmopolitan cities like Karachi, Pakistan, and their socioeconomic problems. In Urdu. M-PAL format. vhs 999:1620
Directed by N.C. Sippy. Story centers around Anand who zestfully fights cancer, determined to extract as much pleasure from his remaining lifespan as possible and the brooding Dr. Bhaskar who tends Anand in his last days and then writes a book on him which wins a literary prize. 118 min. DVD 1902; vhs 999:1574
Directed by Mehbood Kahn. In this musical melodrama Neeta, a modern young woman who dresses in Western style, inherits a business empire. When she entrusts its management to her dashing young friend, Dilip, he misreads her friendship and assumes that she reciprocates his love. When the man she is engaged to, the spoilt playboy Rajan returns, she marries him. Eventually Neeta shoots Dilip and is jailed for murder. The ensuing trial underlines the moral of the story: all the mayhem is Neeta's fault for not having listened to her father when he warned her to avoid "modern ways". 140 min. DVD 3216; vhs vhs 999:1585
Directed by Sampooran Singh Gulzar. This adaptation from India of Shakespeare's Comedy of Errors revolves around the confusions that occur when a set of twins is repeatedly being mistaken for each other. DVD 1824
Directed by Shyam Benegal. Values clash as loyalties are tried and tested in a rural Indian setting. Class conflict of the idle-rich landowning class against toiling peasants is dramatized in a brief extra-marital liaison between an attractive village laborer and her young employer. This film launched a new style of naturalist acting deploying regionalised Hindi accents and helped define a "middle-of-the-road" cinema which adapted psychological realism and regionalism to the conventions of the mainstream Hindi movie. In Hindi with English subtitles. 136 min. vhs 999:2685
Directed by Satyajit Ray. Cast: [Kanu Banerjee, Karuna Banerjee, Pinaki Sen Gupta, Smaran Ghosal, Santi Gupta, Ramani Sen Gupta]. The second part of a series known as the Apu trilogy, the chronicle of a Bengali family. Apu's father brings his family to Benares but gets sick and dies. The mother must go to work as a cook while young Apu begins to train for the priesthood and wins a scholarship to the University of Calcutta. 108 min. DVD 2082; vhs 999:1476
Directed by J. Om Prakash. Cast: Jeetendra, Reena Roy, Sulakshana Pandit, Sanjeev Kumar. Anil Mehra, in his early thirties, accidentally meets Radhika, and falls in love. Their relationship turns into a romance, leading up to marriage. But before marrying, Anil confides that he is a divorcee and has a five-year-old child, Prakash, who is studying in Srinagar. Radhika loves him so much that they go ahead with their marriage. The two of them decide to go to Kashmir to meet Prakash. 145 min. DVD 3426
Directed by Govind Nihalani. Welankar, a hardworking police inspector in Bombay, wants to arrest the gangster and politician, Rama Shetty, but is constantly frustrarted so he vents his anger on less prominent targets to the distress of his humane girlfriend. Finally Welankar cannot control his temper and kills a petty thief. Forced to ask Shetty for protection, he kills him instead and surrenders to the police. Based on a short story by Shri D. Panvalkar. In Hindi (without titles) 124 min. vhs 999:2683
Directed by Santosh Sivan. Cast: Shah Rukh Khan, Kareena Kapoor, Danny Denzongpa, Ruhul Dev, Hrishitaa Bhatt, Gerson da'Cunha, Umesh Mehra, Subhashini, Suraj Balaje, Ajit Kumar. Traces the life of Emperor Asoka, the grandson of Chandragupta Maurya who assended the throne of Magadha in the 3rd century B.C. To extend the borders of his kingdom, he wages one of the bloodiest wars in history with the neighboring kingdom of Kalinga, leaving it ravaged and devastated. Confronted by the aftermath of his conquest, Asoka is overcome with remorse and renounces the path of war to dedicate his life to spreading the teachings of Buddhism. 150 min. DVD 1367
Inder Malhotra, a fashionable film-maker, is married to Pooja when he starts an affair with film star, Kavita. Pooja leaves him and experiences the social insecurities of a single working woman. Her dilemmas are highlighted by the parallel story of her cleaning lady who, abandoned by her husband, kills him and is arrested. Kavita, who suffers from guilt, eventually succumbs to schizophrenia and leaves Inder. 130 min. vhs 999:1589
Director, Basu Bhattacharya. Story of a lower middle class family in India. Unable to attain what she desires on her husband's meager salary, the wife gets involved in prostitution, and submerged in an abyss of guilt plans a confession by innuendo to pick up the threads of her life. 132 min. DVD 1959
Direction, Mahesh Manjrekar. A male chauvinist who has cheated on his wife, but justifies it because he is male, finds that his wife has also been unfaithful, and that their son is not really his. He demands a divorce. But will everything that the couple has built up over so many years be destroyed? 113 min. DVD 1896
Directed by Raj Kapoor. Estranged from his father, Raju finds a substitute father in Jagga, a criminal who ruined Raju's mother. Oedipal drama involving Raj Kapoor against his real-life father, which plays itself out in eventual redemption, evoked by a memorable dream sequence and equally memorable songs. 193 min. DVD 2900; vhs 999:2464
Hoffheimer, Michael H. "Awara and the Post-Colonial Origins of the Hindi Law Drama."
Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, vol. 26, no. 3, pp. 341-59, August 2006
Aya sawan jhoom ke (1969)
Directed by Raghunath Jhalani. Cast: Dharmendra, Asha Parekh, Ravinder Kapoor, Nazir Hussein, Rajendranath. Loving is living is the interesting ideal for a rich young man, and Jai certainly makes the best of his motto. 174 min. DVD 3491
Directed by Balu Mahendra. Cast: Kamal Haasan, Sridevi, Gulshan Grover, Silk Smitha, Leela Mishra, Paintal. A young woman receives a head injury in an automobile accident and becomes like a six-year-old. She leaves the hospital unattended and ends up in a brothel where she is rescued by a young man who takes her to his home in the mountains. 141 min. DVD 2497
Directed by Maneesh Sharma. Cast: Anushka Sharma, Ranveer Singh.
Shruti is a 20-something no-nonsense girl from a middle class Delhi household. Focused and determined with preplanned ambitions, her goals in life are well laid out by the time she reaches her final year of college. Bittoo, on the other hand, has no real aim in life. As a final year college student of Delhi University, he whiles away his life having fun with his buddies, barely scraping through his exams. A chance and inopportune meeting brings the two of them together on a tumultuous journey where they become partners in their very own "Wedding planning ka bijness". Special features: Making of the film ; Making of Ainvayi Ainvayi ; BBB Sangeet event ; BBB wedding event ; BBB wedding ; Dhow Cruise (Dubai) ; Deleted scenes ; Theatrical trailer & promos ; Music videos: Dum Dum remix, Tarkeebein. DVD X4960 (NRLF)
Directed by Tulsi Ramsay, Shyam Ramsay. Cast: Hashmat Khan, Manjeet Kullar, Ajay Agarwal.
In this East Indian version of Dracula, a childless woman visits the lair of an evil magician in order that she may conceive. When she gives birth to a baby girl the magician demands that she hand her over. She refuses and has the magician killed. Years later he is revived as a fully fledged member of the undead. He comes looking for the now teenage girl intending to make her his slave. 145 min. DVD 9464
Directed by Shekhar Kapu. Cast: Seema Biswas, Nirmal Pandey. A dramatization of the life story of the female dacoit, Phoolan Devi. Born of low caste in the Chambal River Valley of India, 11 year-old Phoolan is sold into marriage with a man 20 years her senior. Challenging her fate, she escapes and falls in with a pack of ruthless bandits but the political structure of the male-dominated gang comes with its own set of brutal humiliations, and Phoolan must struggle to rise above a culture determined to bring her down, in a bloody coup that electrified a nation. 119 min. vhs 999:1441
Directed by Raj Kapoor. This sombre musical classic contrasts different notions of love. The rich and sensitive Pran passionately loves the poor country girl Reshma. Defying her father she runs to Pran but apparently drowns on the way. Pran and his philandering friend Gopal who callously jilted the village girl Neela, are driving through the country and happen upon Reshma's wedding to the fisherman who saved her and believes he owns her. Pran crashes his car, stops the wedding and gets Reshma while the repentant Gopal finds that Neela has killed herself. 157 min. DVD 1895
Directed by Hrishikesh Mukherjee. Comedy about a disfunctional family whose lives are changed when they employ a cook with extraordinary capabilities. They cannot help wondering how a mere cook can sing, dance, write and recite poems, and even prescribe medicine to the ill. All of a sudden, the cook disappears and so do the valuables and the cash. Has he stolen it or ...? 125 min. DVD 1898
Directed by Santosh Sivan. Cast: Rahul Bose, Nandita Das, Jennifer Ehle, Linus Roache.
Set in 1930s southern India against the backdrop of a growing nationalist movement. When a British spice planter falls in love with his alluring servant, the idealistic young man finds himself torn between his ambitions and his family, his village, and his past. Loyalties are tested and destinies decided as two worlds collide. 98 min. DVD X143
Directed by Homi Adajania. Cast: Naseeruddin Shah, Dimple Kapadia, Saif Ali Khan, Boman Irani, Honey Chhaya, Simone Singh, Manoj Pahwa. This film revolves around the Sethna family residing in the hills of Panchgani. A retired sculptor Dinshaw heads the family. Other members of the joint family include Dinshaw's wife Katy, brother Farokh, sister-in-law Tina and second brother Fardoonjee. Then Cyrus arrives at the Sethna house and stays on. As the movie proceeds it gains a psychological insight into the family and reveals that everything is not right with the Sethna family. In the end, even Cyrus comes across as a bizarre personality. 89 min. DVD 6383
Directed by Rajesh Kumar Singh. Cast: Chandrachur Singh, Arshad Warsi, Anjala Zaveri, Mayuri Kango. Sameer's mother wants him to marry Sheena much to the displeasure of Ajmera who wants her to marry his wealthy partner's son, Shekhar. Sheena asks Sameer to abduct her and take her to the Gateway of India in Mumbai where she says she will marry him. Sameer agrees to this and both run away. What Sameer does not know is that Sheena has asked Shekhar to stop Sameer at any and all costs, little knowing that Shekhar is not who he is claiming to be. DVD X5082
Performances of contemporary Indian music and dance. Performers: Daler Mehndi, Bhuppi, Malkit Singh, Bally Sagoo, Raageshwari, Sukhbir, Stereo Nation, Nitin Bali, Mika Singh, Baba Sehgal, Gurdas Maan, Jassi, Aziz, Udham Singh, Tabun. 94 min. Video/C 6863
Bhuvan Shome (1969)
Directed by Mrinal Sen. Sen's breakthrough low-budget film is sometimes seen as the origin of New Indian Cinema. Set in the late 40's just after Independence, it is a satirical comedy about the upright Bengali railway officer Bhuvan Shome who sacks a corrupt ticket collector before going off on a duck-hunting expedition in Gujarat. There he meets the village belle Gauri, who turns out to be the wife of the man he sacked. He enjoys the attention she lavishes upon him and returns a "humanised" bureaucrat, determined to enjoy life to the full. 95 min. vhs 999:2472
Black Friday: The Shocking Truth Behind the '93 Bombay Bomb Blasts (2004)
Directed by Anurag Kashyap. Cast: Kay Kay Menon, Pawan Malhotra, Aditya Shrivastava.
Explores the events following the March 2, 1993, bombings that ripped through Mumbai, India, offering a cinematic study on just how such a tragedy can change a city. A policeman, determined to apprehend the culprits responsible for a continuing series of bombings, discovers a powerful businessman has been shifting funds in the Mumbai underworld in order to finance the bombings. Based on Black Friday, the true story of the Bombay bomb blasts by S. Hussain Zaidi. 167 min. DVD X5083
Directed by Rohan Sippy. Cast: Abhishek Bachchan, Priyanka Chopra, Riteish, Roman Irani, Nana Patekar.
A conman falls in love with a woman that is honest, sincere and rooted, but her love for him is shattered when she finds out that he is someone other than he portrays. 137 min. DVD 6838
Directed by Raj Kapoor. A very successful musical teenage love story based loosely on Romeo and Juliet in which the son of a wealthy businessman and a rough but prosperous fisherman's daughter have a romance despite their respective fathers feuding over class status. The villain, Chopra, kidnaps the heroine so that the hero may rescue her and unite the two families through his heroism. 161 min. DVD 2486; VHS 999:1583
Directed by Nagesh Kukunoor. A out-of-luck American B-movie star is thrust into the circus of Bollywood where she is spotted by a producer who concocts the first pairing of an American with the legendary Manu Kapoor, an ageing Indian star. An old-fashioned Hindi potboiler, presenting an honest, no-holds barred look at the world of Indian filmmaking. 99 min. DVD 1101
Directed by Ramgopal Varma. Cast: Jackie Shroff, Aamir Khan, Urmila Mathondkar, Gulshan Grover. Mili is encouraged by her childhood friend Munna to pursue her dream of winning fame as an actress. When Mili is offered a part in a film by a famous actor, Munna feels he's no longer worthy of her affections and decides to leave town. 175 min. DVD 4464
Directed by Deepa Mehta. Cast: Rahul Khanna, Lisa Ray, Dina Pathak, Moushumi Chatterjee, Ranjit Chowdry, Kulbhushan Kharbanda, Jessica Pare, Akshaye Khanna. Rahul, a young millionaire who is pressured by his family to find a bride, employs a girl to pose as his Indian fiancee. A musical comedy and family drama that is also a spoof of Indian film culture. Non-US format DVD (PAL, Region 2). 100 min. DVD 3797
Directed by Jeremy Wooding. Cast: Preeya Kalidas, James McAvoy, Amerjit Deu, Ray Panthaki, Ronny Jhutti. Nineteen-year-old Geena is entranced by the glamour of Bollywood and seduced by the sounds of R & B girl groups. When Geena meets Jay she finds that life can be just like the adventure and romance of the Bollywood movies she loves. 88 min. DVD 3847
Directed by Mani Ratnam. Cast: Arvind Swamy, Manisha Koirala, Tinnu Anand, Akash Khurana.
A romance occurs between a south Indian Hindu man and a Muslim woman. They marry against family wishes and move to Bombay. The time period of the film is set in the December 1992-January 1993 period when the "Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid" controversy had raised racial tensions in Bombay and other parts of India. 130 min. DVD 6571
Directed by James Ivory. A sophisticated American woman comes to Bombay and falls for two men involved in film-making in this affectionate, bemused view of Bollywood -- India's huge movie-making dream factory. Along the way she flees to an ashram to take up the spiritual life -- hilariously -- but eventually succeeds in destroying the marriage of one man and the careers of both. 105 min. vhs 999:2759
Directed by Bhappi Sonie. In this musical comedy Brahmachari, who runs an indebted orphanage, saves a woman from suicide by agreeing to help her win back the man she loves who has spurned her ... but she falls in love with Brahmachari instead. 151 min. vhs 999:2468
Directed by Gurinder Chadha. Cast: Aishwarya Rai, Martin Henderson, Madira Babbar, Anupam Kher, Naveen Andrews, Namrata Shirodkar, Daniel Gillies, Indira Varma, Sonali Kulkarni, Nitin Ganatra, Ashanti. Based on Jane Austen's classic novel, Pride and Prejudice, with a Bollywood twist. In Ammritsar, the determined Mrs. Bakshi sets out to find matches for her four daughters. Second sister, Lalita, meets American Will Darcy - but is it love? 111 min. DVD 4541
Directed by Dervis Zaim. Cast: Mustafa Ugurlu, Yelda Reynaud, Taner Birsel, Bulent Ermin Yarar, Tomris Inceer. Story takes place on the Mediterranean island of Cyprus near the border between the Greek and Turkish sides where black mud in a salt-water lake is thought to have unique healing properties. While affected by the ancient statues lurking over them in the present, four Turkish friends deal with their memories of the war with the Greeks. 98 min. DVD 3218 (PAL)
Directed by Farah Khan. Cast: Shahrukh Khan, Rani Mukerji, Jas Arora, Satish Shah. Priya Chopra is a fashion designer and Raj Mathur owns a small trucking company. They meet on the road, quarrel, and then fall for each other. Priya, who is already engaged, must decide whether she will marry her fiancé or leave him for Raj. Love triumphs, Raj and Priya marry and then struggle against adversity. They quarrel, separate, then reconcile. 166 min. DVD X1360
Directed by Nikhil Advani. Cast: Mithun Chakraborty, Akshay Kumar, Jun Li, Chia Hui Liu, Chang En Lu, Deepika Padukone. Sidhu, a cook from Chandni Chowk, longs to escape his dreary existence. He sees his chance when two strangers from China claim him to be the reincarnation of a war hero and ask him to come back with them to their village in China. Dreaming of the princely existence that awaits him, Sidhu blissfully sets out for China, never suspecting that he is being set up to take on a vicious smuggler. 140 min. DVD X1366
Directed by Satyajit Ray. Cast: Soumitra Chatterjee, Madhabi Mukherjee, Sailen Mukherjee. Set in India, this is the story of a loyal, dutiful wife whose husband takes her for granted who catches a glimpse of what true love could be when her husband's young cousin comes to live with them. Based on the novella Nastanirh [by] Rabindranath Tagore. 117 min. DVD X988; vhs 999:2246
Directed by Ramu Kariat. Cast: Sathyan, Madhu, Sheela. A story of love, betrayal and tragedy based on the classic, award-winning novel by Thakazhi Sivasankara Pillai, which deals with the life of rural fisherfolk in Kerala, India. In Malayalam with English subtitles. 140 min. DVD 5625
Directed by Satyajit Ray. This colourful period drama about colonialism and indigenous culture is set in 1856 at the court of Wajid Ali Shah in Lucknow, the capital of Oudh. It features two parallel narratives: the first shows the interminable games of chess played by two hookah-smoking zamindars; the other dramatises the conflict between Wajid Ali Shah and General Charles Outram who represents Lord Dalhousie's treacherously implemented annexation policies. Wajid Ali is shown as a politically weak figure who surrenders to the British without a fight. 117 min. DVD 5542; vhs 999:1591
Directed by Hrishkikesh Mukherjee. In this comic romance a botany professor, smitten with a beautiful woman, assumes a variety of false identities in order to be near the woman he wishes to woo. 145 min. DVD 1901; vhs 999:2396
Directed by Tareque Masud. Cast: Nurul Islam Bablu, Russell Farazi, Jayanto Chattopadhyay, Rokeya Prachy. Set against the backdrop of Pakistan during the turbulent 1960s, a family is ripped apart by religious beliefs and civil war. A young boy from Bangladesh is sent away by his Muslim father to a Madrasah where he struggles to adapt to a harsh monastic life. 98 min. DVD 6230
Directed by Ritwik Ghatak. Cast: Supriya Choudhury (Nita); Anil Chatterjee (Shankar); Bijon Bhattacharya (father); Gita De (mother); Gita Ghatak (Gita). A dark melodrama set in late fifties Calcutta about a refugee family and the struggle of Nita, the oldest daughter, to keep them afloat and together. It is a bitter critique of the family as an institution and also of the harsh social and economic conditions arising from Partition. 132 min. DVD 3798
Directed by Satyajit Ray. Cast: S'armila Tha-kura, Baruna Candra, Paramita Caudhuri.
Set in Calcutta, this film tells the story of an ambitious young sales executive at a British-owned firm whose promotion to a hotly contested seat on the corporate board of directors is jeopardized when the shipment of a big export order must be delayed. He resolves the problem through a deceitful and dangerous ploy which, while winning him the admiration of his boss and assuring him the promotion, loses him the respect he sought from his sister-in-law. Based on S'amkara's novel. This is the second film of the Calcutta Trilogy. The other two were Pratidwandi (The adversary, 1971) and Jana aranya (The middle man, 1975). 110 min. DVD X4644
Directed by Manmohan Desai and Prayag Raj. Cast: Amitabh Bachchan, Waheeda Rehman, Rishi Kapoor, Rati Agnihotri, Shoma Anand, Suresh Oberoi, Kader Khan, Om Shivpuri. Iqbal, who is orphaned when the villain (Zafar) kills his father, grows up to become a leader of the coolies (porters) at a railway station. Among his friends are the drunken journalist Sunny, a foster-child of the villain who befriends Iqbal and the rich heroine Julie, whose father was also killed by the villain. The end of the film which includes some of the best fight scenes of Indian cinema, is shot at the Haji Ali mosque in Bombay. Remembered as the film in which the lead actor Bachchan suffered a near-fatal accident. In Hindi with English and Arabic subtitles. 177 min. vhs 999:2081
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Mishra, V., et. al. "The Actor as parallel text in Bombay cinema." Quarterly Review of Film and Video v. 11 (October 1989) p. 49-67
Directed by Abhinav Singh Kashyap. Cast: Salman Khan, Sonakshi Sinha, Tinu Anand, Arbaaz Khan, Dimple Kapadia, Vinod Khanna.
Chulbul Pandey is a totally fearless, but corrupt police officer with unorthodox working methods. Chulbul came from a bitter childhood. His father passed away when he was very young, after which his mother married Prajapati Pandey. Together, they had a son Makhanchan. Prajapati favored Makhanchan, which caused Chulbul to sever all ties with his family. When the dubious Cheddi Singh emerges, he pits one brother against the other for his own vested interests. 155 min. DVD X6611
Directed by Yash Chopra. Cast: Rajesh Khanna, Sharmila Tagore, Rakhee, Prem Chopra. Tells the story of a man wrongly convicted of murder, on the run from the law. Sunil is forced to leave behind his new bride Sonia, when he kills her would-be rapist. In an attempt to establish a new identity Sunil meets Chandni and ends up marrying her to give her illegitimate child a fathers' name. A chain of events brings together Sunil and Sonia but the long arm of the law also catches up with him, on not just a murder charge but also his marriage of convenience, which is interpreted as bigamy. 139 min. DVD 3052
Directed by Anees Bazmee. Raj Goyal is a renowed and successful attorney. At a musical party he is introduced to Sargam by Ashwin Mehta. The next day Ashwin is murdered. Sargam approaches Raj to defend the accused, Tarang Bhardwaj. Raj reluctantly accepts, and with the help of a psychiatrist is able to prove that Tarang is innocent. But could Tarang really be a double personality with another character, who is capable of killing? 170 min. DVD 2584
Directed by Yash Chopra. Cast: Amitabh Bachchan, Shashi Kapoor, Neetu Singh, Nirupa Roy, Parveen Babi.
Two brothers, one a cop and the other a criminal, share a mutual adoration for their mother. Though they care for each other, they end up at odds due to their respective roles. 160 min. DVD 9224
Directed by Satyajit Ray. Cast: Om Puri, Smita Patel, Richa Mishra, Mohan Agashe, Gita Siddharth, Bhalalal Hedao. A peasant of the Untouchable caste who does odd jobs for a wealthy landowner is ordered by the landowner to chop up a large tree trunk with an axe. Working in full sun, hungry and malnourished, the peasant dies while doing the job, and his body just lies by the road used by the villagers. What can be done with the dead body no one will touch? Come nightfall, shielded from view, the landowner takes it upon himself to drag the body by a rope to a public charnel ground. Originally produced as a made-for-TV movie in 1981. 45 min. DVD X4637
Directed by Anurag Kashyap. Cast: Abhay Deol, Kalki Koechlin, Mahie Gill.
Dev who, after spurning Paro's love due to a misunderstanding, turns to drugs and vodka for solace. Paro moves on but Dev still is in remorse. He meets Chanda, a prostitute with problems of her own. Dev likes her but his penchant for self-destruction prevents him and Chanda from truly getting together. He also meets sleazy people like Chunni, Chanda's pimp who drags Dev further into self-destruction to further his own needs. 144 min. DVD X5080
Directed by Bimal Roy. A remake of P. C. Barua's Devdas (1935) for which Bimal Roy was a cameraman, this is the tragic story of Devdas' inability to marry his childhood sweetheart Paro, his descent into alcoholism and death at her doorstep. In Hindi without subtitles. 159 min. DVD 2488; VHS 999:2940
Directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali. Cast: Shahrukh Khan, Madhuri Dixit, Aishwarya Rai, Jackie Shroff. A 2002 remake of the love story which tells the tragic story of Devdas' inability to marry his childhood sweetheart Paro, his descent into alcoholism and death. Based on the novel by Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay. 170 min. DVD 2526
Directed by Satyajit Ray. Cast: Sharmila Tagore, Soumitra Chatterji, Chhabi Biswas, Karuna Banerji. Set in India around the 1830s, the story involves the conflict between orthodox and progressive Hindu religions. A young wife in a wealthy Indian household is deified by her father-in-law who has seen her in a dream as the goddess Durga (Kali). The city soon learns of her imposed divinity and she is set up as an idol for worship. She then begins to believe in her immortality and the tension between her duty to the father-in-law's devotion and to her husband's pleas to leave the city soon drive her mad. Based on the story 'Devi' by Prabhat Kumar Mukherjee. 96 min. DVD X4883; vhs vhs 999:903
Directed by Randhir Kapoor. Shanker, an underworld dada, exchanges his newly born son with the son of Ashok babu, a great and wealthy singer, in the belief that the new environment will save his son from becoming a goonda like him. But things turn out quite different to Shanker's plan. 153 min. DVD 3466
Directed by Yash Chopra. A epic story of an Indian family with split allegiances caught up in the struggle for Independence in India in the early 20th century. Based on the novel by Acharya Chatursen Shastri. In Hindi without subtitles. 148 min. DVD 4399; vhs 999:2699
Dhoop Chaon (198-?)
Directed by Prahilar Sharma. In this romantic musical comedy young women feign illnesses to keep a handsome young doctor from leaving their town after he has cured an epidemic. In Hindi with English subtitles. 120 min. vhs 999:2082
Directed by B.R. Chopra A love-triangle suspense film. The heroine (Aman) is married to a vicious, crippled tyrant who is killed in the beginning of the film. Aman and her secret lover (Khan) are the prime suspects. Their story is shown in flashbacks alternating with the progress of the police investigation. In the end, another man confesses to the crime: the old tyrant had raped the man's wife.
120 min. vhs 999:1582
Diksha (Initiation) (1991)
Directed by Arun Kaul. Cast: Nana Patekar, Manohar Singh, Rajashri Sawant, Ashish Mishra. In a small village in India Acharya Udupa, a Vedic scholar teaches a few selected aspirants. Also living with him is Yamuna, his young daughter, a widow, who is in love with the local schoolmaster. One night, during Acharya's absence from the village, Yamuna has an intimate meeting with her lover and becomes pregnant, and a target for the full, terrible fury of the orthodox society. 135 min. DVD 1620
Directed by Farhan Akhtar. Cast: Aamir Khan, Saif Ali Khan, Akshaye Khanna, Preity Zinta, Sonali Kulkarni, Dimple Kapadia.
The story focuses on the contrasting characters of three inseparable friends. Their attitude about romance and the choices they make in that department lead to a radical shift in their friendship. 180 min. DVD 9223
Directed by Nasir Husain. Heiress Jamuna is deserted by her husband who takes their son, Roop, with him. She adopts Kailash and Neeta and wants the two to get married. However, Neeta falls in love with a rock singer who turns out to be the grown-up Roop. The confusion is resolved by way of a shootout during the marriage ceremony. In Hindi with English subtitles. 187 min. vhs 999:2079
Dil Hai De Manta Nahin (1991)
Directed by Mahesh Bhatt. A romantic musical comedy set in India, loosely adapted from Capra's It happened one night. In Hindi (no subtitles). 260 min. DVD 743
Directed by C.L. Rawal. Two brothers fight over a woman. When she gets killed another woman impersonates her so her convalescent lover won't know she's dead. 154 min. vhs 999:2072
Dil Se-- (1998)
Directed by Mani Ratnam. Romantic drama set in India of a young man who meets an enigmatic girl who later seeks his help without revealing that she is part of a terrorist organization. Incorporates fantasy sequences of dance and song. 165 min. DVD 2257
Kabir, Ananya Jahanara. "Allegories of Alienation and Politics of Bargaining: Minority Subjectivities in Mani Ratnam's Dil Se." South Asian Popular Culture, Oct2003, Vol. 1 Issue 2, p141-159, 19p UC users only
Director, Harry Baweja. Cast: Ajay Devgan, Sunil Shetty, Raveena Tandon, Paresh Rawal, Gulshan Grover, Rami Reddy. Accused of murder by a relative trying to thwart his relationship with Sapna, Arun loses his sanity and is sent to a mental hospital, but an honest cop begins a crusade on his behalf. 169 min. DVD 4358
Director, Aditya Chopra. Cast: Shah Rukh Khan, Kajol, Amrish Puri, Farida Jalal, Anupam Kher. Choudhury Baldev Singh is a London-based newsagent pining for his native Punjab. He wants to return to his roots by forcing his daughter Simran to marry the son of his old friend but when Simran goes on a European tour she meets and falls for Raj. This causes her tyranical father to return to Punjab, where Raj turns up and rescues Simran from her intended marriage by inveigling himself into the household under a range of masquerades, until, having made the scheduled marriage impossible, he wins the girl from her reluctant father. In Hindi without subtitles. 192 min. DVD 7589; vhs 999:2491
Chopra, Anupama. Dilwale dulhania le jayenge : the making of a blockbuster New Delhi : Harper Collins Publishers, 2004. (Main Stack PN1997.D494.C46 2004)
Distant Thunder (Ashani Sanket) (1973)
Directed by Satyajit Ray. An award-winning dramatization of World War II famine in India. As the government requisitions the civilian food supply for its armies, the common man starves. To eat he is reduced to an animal - a doctor must humble himself, a peasant turn to prostitution. 92 min. vhs 999:857
Directed by Rajaram Vankudre Shantaram. Story of a jail superintendent who converts prisoners into responsible citizens. Adinath takes six murderers to a desolate area and sets up a farming commune. In spite of threats of violence from nearby villagers who see their economic interests threatened, they produce a viable farm. This stylised parable about human virtue is notable for its neo-expressionist imagery. In Hindi with subtitles in English and Arabic. 124 min. vhs 999:2681
Director, Tarun Mansukhani. Cast: Abhishek Bachchan, John Abraham, Priyanka Chopra, Bobby Deol.
When Sameer and Kunal are turned down for an apartment because the land lady doesn't want two strapping young men to corrupt her niece Neha, they go to plan "G"--pretending to be "Gay" to secure the apartment. Then they meet the sexy siren Neha, unleashing a tsunami of fun, frolic and a test of friendship like never before ...things get even hotter as Neha's boss Abhimanyu enters the fray as the third contender for her affections. Special features: The making of the film; deleted scenes; Maa da ladla music video; bloopers; Date with Dostana; Do the Dostana dance challenge; theatrical trailer & promos. 145 min. DVD X1830
Directed by Deepa Mehta. During the upheavals of Indian independence and partition, a young Hindu girl is romantically pursued by a Muslim, without regard for their religious differences. Surrounding violence catches up, and he turns against Hindus in general, and finally against his love and the values which prompted it. 101 min. DVD 2053; vhs 999:3133
"The "Valuable Deformity": Calipers and the Failed Trope of Postcolonial Debt in Deepa Mehta's Earth." Canadian Journal of Film Studies, Spring2008, Vol. 17 Issue 1, p44-51, 8p, UC users only
Cook, Bruce. "Braiding Anamnesia: Imaginal Interpretations of the Gendered Body in Deepa Mehta's Earth and Urvashi Butalia's; The Other Side of Silence: Voices from the Partition of India. International Journal of Humanities and Peace 22.1 (Annual 2006): p104(2). (1191 words) UC users only
Herman, Jeanette. "Memory and Melodrama: The Transnational Politics of Deepa Mehta's Earth." Camera Obscura no. 58 (2005) p. 106-47
Ek duuje ke liye (1981)
Director, K. Balachander. A tragic melodrama about the love of Vasu and Sapna who overcome barriers of regional and linguistic chauvinism but whose families remain opposed to the union. At the end, after Sapna is raped and Vasu is violently beaten, they both commit suicide to be together in death. In Hindi without subtitles. 166 min. vhs 999:29
Directed by Satyajit Ray. Cast:
Soumitra Chatterjee, Santosh Dutta, Siddharta Chatterjee, Utpal Datta, Jit Bose, Haradhan Banerjee, Bimal Chatterjee, Biplab Chatterjee, Satya Banerjee, Moloy Roy, Santosh Sinha, Manu Mukherjee, Indubhusan Gujral, Kamu Mukherjee. Set in Benares (Varanasi) India, this film is about the owner of a statuette of Ganesh (the elephant god) who is mystified when he receives an offer to purchase the figurine for a price exceeding its reasonable value on the art market. Soon afterwards, the statuette is stolen, but a detective and his assistant, with help from a writer of children's novels, attempt to unravel the mystery. A reading of a work entitled Tintin in the Congo, among other things, turns out to be a great help to them. 112 min. DVD 5023
Directed by Satyajit Ray. Cast: Soumitra Chatterjee, Ruma Guha Thakurta, Mamata Shankar, Dhritiman Chatterjee, Subhendu Chatterjee, Manoj Mitra. A doctor living in Chandipur, Bengal suspects that the source of an epidemic lies in the holy waters of a temple. Unfortunately, no one believes him, including his brother who works for the city water department, the temple's builder, and a newspaper editor. An adaptation of the play "An enemy of the people", by Henrik Ibsen. 105 min. DVD X4636
Popular musical numbers from Hindi language motion pictures released by Eros International. Contents: Dil se [motion picture]. Chaiya chaiya [song] -- Ghulam. Aati kya khandala -- Duplicate. Kathai aakhon wali -- Major Saab. Sona sona -- Zor. Main apna namm bhula -- Kareeb. Churalona dil mera -- Saat rang ke sapne. Aati ho to chal -- Dushman. Pyar ko ho jane do -- Yugpurush. Chalo hum dono -- Bandhan. Balle balle -- Barood. Razi razi mein hoon -- Kabhi na kabhi. Tu hi tu -- Jeans. Columbus Columbus -- Sham ghansham. Mitwa re -- Satya. Goli maar -- Jane jigar. Naraz kyon ho -- Saat rang ke sapne. Ba ba batao na -- Major Saab. Pyar kiya to nibhana -- Kabhi na kabhi. Mere yaara dil daara -- Ghulam. Tujhko kya. 104 min. Video/C 6865
The Fall (India / UK / USA, 2006)
Directed by Tarsem Singh. Cast: Lee Pace, Justine Waddell, Catinca Untaru.
1920's, Los Angeles. In a hospital on the outskirts of town, Roy Walker, an injured stuntman, begins to tell young Alexandria, a fellow patient with a broken arm, a fantastical story about 5 mythical heroes. Thanks to his fractured state of mind and her vivid imagination, the line between fiction and reality starts to blur as the tale advances. Based on the 1981 screenplay "Yo ho ho" by Valery Petrov. 117 min. DVD X360
Directed by Deepa Mehta. A young woman accepts an arranged marriage into a traditional New Delhi family, but finds herself drawn to her sister-in-law. She falls in love for the first time and the fallout from their affair shakes everyone around her to the core. Banned in India, this film was the first to confront lesbianism in that country. 104 in. DVD 2052; vhs 999:2629
Directed by Khalid Mohammed. Cast: Hrithik Roshan, Karisma Kapoor, Jaya Bachchan, Neha.
A close-knit family of a widowed mother, her son and her daughter, are deeply affected by the Hindu-Muslim riots of 1992-93 in Bombay. The son disappears in street turbulence one night, and for six years his family has no news of him. His brave and determined sister tracks him down eventually, and learns many unpleasant socio-political truths in her tireless quest to understand the massacres and violence. 112 min. DVD 9689
The Forsaken Land (Sulanga Enu Pinisa) (France / Sri Lanka, 2005)
Directed by Satyajit Ray. Cast: Mahendra Perera, Kaushalya Fernando, Nilupili Jayawardena.
During a cease-fire treaty between the Sinhala government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, a serviceman who is living with his wife and sister, receives orders from the army that will change their lives forever. Special features: "The land of silence" short film; theatrical trailer. 108 min. DVD X156
Directed by Satyajit Ray. Cast: Soumitra Chatterjee, Ruma Guha Thakurta, Mamata Shankar, Dhritiman Chatterjee, Subhendu Chatterjee, Manoj Mitra. A doctor living in Chandipur, Bengal suspects that the source of an epidemic lies in the holy waters of a temple. Unfortunately, no one believes him, including his brother who works for the city water department, the temple's builder, and a newspaper editor. An adaptation of Henryk Ibsen's play Folkefiende. PAL format tape. 98 min. vhs 999:3695
Directed by M.S. Sathyu. Dramatization of the plight of north India's Muslim minority in Agra during the Partition upheavals. A Muslim shoe factory owner must decide whether to emigrate to newly-formed Pakistan or remain in his ancestral home and business. 140 min. DVD X1845; vhs 999:2466
Directed by Mrinal Sen. A farmer and weaver in flight from exploitation settle in a ruined desert village to scratch out a living on their own terms, linked to civilization only by a greedy trader. When they take in a lone, destitute woman their tiny society slowly succumbs to rivalry and jealousy, echoing patterns in the society at large. In Hindi with English subtitles. 105 min. vhs 999:2687
Directed by Vinay Shukla. The just widow of an idealistic mafia don struggles under the shadow of the man responsible for her husband's death to raise her son to be a morally upright man. In Hindi (no subtitles). 150 min. DVD 742
Directed by Hrishkikesh Mukherjee. Ramprasad is a recent college graduate who finds a job with a finicky man who does not believe his employees should engage in recreation of any kind. When Ramprasad is caught by his boss at a soccer match, he has to invent a twin brother, the clean shaven Laxman Prasad, to save his job. But things take a whacky turn when the boss's daughter falls for Laxman Prasad and her father insists that she should marry Ramprasad. 139 min. DVD 1899
Directed by Satyajit Ray. When financial liabilities force a traditionally-minded, homebound Indian matriarch to seek work downtown as a saleswoman, she comes to appreciate the opportunity to earn her own money and develop an identity of her own. 131 min. DVD 5024
Directed by Shakti Samanta. Cast: Amitabh Bachchan, Neetu Singh, Zeenat Aman, Madan Puri, Prem Chopra. Vijay, an expert gambler is hired by the underworld and plays successfully, though unknowingly to entrap a patriotic Indian, to give up military secrets. The Indian police assign the case to Inspector Jai who is asked to apprehend Vijay at any cost. 163 min. DVD 3439
Chute, David. "The Big B (A. Bachchan)." Film Comment v. 41 no. 2 (March/April 2005) p. 50-2, 54-6
Mishra, V., et. al. "The Actor as parallel text in Bombay cinema." Quarterly Review of Film and Video v. 11 (October 1989) p. 49-67
The Great Indian Butterfly (2009)
Directed by Sarthak Dasgupta. Cast: Aamir Bashir, Sandhya Mridul, Koel Puri, Barry John.
Frustrated by the rat race, a young Indian couple go in search of a legendary rare insect: the great Indian butterfly. Last seen by the unknown Portuguese explorer, Carodiguez, in a remote valley located in colonial Goa, the butterfly possesses a magical aura, granting immense happiness to the person who catches it. 90 min. DVD X5078
Director, Yawar Hayat. Television play portraying the contrast in the lifestyle of a typical Pakistani patriarch and his ultramodern children. In Urdu. M-PAL format. 145 min. vhs 999:1618
Gunga Jumna (1961)
Directed by Nitin Bose. A story of two brothers on the opposite sides of the law. Having been framed by a zamindar for a crime he did not commit, Ganga becomes a criminal living in the mountains while his brother becomes a policeman. When years later Ganga returns to the village he has to face his righteous brother who shoots him dead. This dacoit drama pioneered a widely copied action film genre in Indian films. In Hindi with English subtitles. 178 min. vhs 999:2080
Directed by Sawan Kumar. A drama centering around a syndicate of thieves led by an unscrupulous banker, who all come to a violent end. In Hindi with English subtitles. 123 min. vhs 999:2078
Hazaar chaurasi ki maa (Mother of 1084) (1998)
Directed by Govind Nihalani. Cast: Jaya Bachchan, Anupam Kher, Seema Biswas, Nandita Das. The death of her son sets a middle aged, traditional, submissive woman on a path of self discovery. She begins to recognize her own alienation from the bourgeois society that her son had rebelled against. 143 min. DVD 6287
Directed by Randhir Kapoor. A story of human relationships in a country that is being divided. The story is built around a river, the Jhelum, that starts in India and flows into Pakistan. Along its borders, one part is Hindu while the other is Muslim. This film examines shared human values and the triumph of love along this river, inspired by the couplet "a person learns from the trials and tribulations he goes through, the same way henna gives its colour after it is crushed." Directed by the son of Raj Kapoor, Randhir Kapoor, and released posthumously under Raj Kapoor's name. 150 min. DVD 1966; vhs 999:2478
Directed by Satyajit Ray. Cast: Uttam Kumar, Sharmila Tagore, Sumita Sanyal, Bharati Debi, Kamu Mukherjee, Satya Banerjee. A successful movie actor faces the hollowness of life underneath the veneer of glamor and success. 150 min. DVD 5025
Director, Sajid Khan. Cast: Akshay Kumar, Riteish Desmukh, Fardeen Khan, Vidya Balan.
Three handsome bachelors, Arush, Tanmay and Al, are having the time of their life in Sydney. They flirt around, sleep around and have numerous gorgeous conquests to their credit. But then they suddenly find their dating and mating rituals irreparably destroyed when a dimpled little roommate lands up on their doorstep, complete with her crib, pacifier and dirty nappy. 139 min. DVD X1831
Directed by Shankar. Mumbai. Cast: Kamal Haasan, Manisha Koirala, Urmila Matondkar, Nedumudi Venu, Aruna Irani.Senapathi, a young extremist and Amiratham, a young woman who believes in Naxalite are both part of the marathon struggle for independence sharing the same goal-- to see India free from the clutches of the British. 130 min. vhs 999:905
Directed by Satyajit Ray. Cast: Soumitra Chatterjee, Victor Banerjee, Swatilekha Chatterjee. During the winter of 1907-1908 in Bengal, widespread terrorism is rampant. A beautiful and sheltered woman's love is tested when her husband invites his boyhood friend to stay at their home while organizing a boycott of British goods. Much to her husband's dismay, she not only falls in love with his friend but also joins his quest for political justice. 130 min. DVD 5026; DVD X4638; vhs 999:905
Directed by James Ivory. Cast: Shashi Kapoor, Leela Naidu, Durga Khote, Romesh Thappar, Harindernath Chattopadaya, Pahari Sanyal, Pincho Kapoor, Achla Sachdev, Ernest Castaldo. The story of a shy, Delhi schoolteacher who marries and then, little by little, gets to know his wife during their first year together. This story, derived from the culture of modern India, is able to relate to the problems of young couples everywhere. 101 min. DVD 3790
Director, S.K. Ojha. During a prison break a young escapee saves the life of a prison warden on the day of the warden's wedding ceremony. Unbeknownest to the warden the young prisoner and his intended are in love. In Hindi with English subtitles. 143 min. vhs 999:2073
Hullabaloo over Georgie and Bonnie's Pictures (1978)
Directed by James Ivory. Cast: Peggy Ashcroft, Larry Pine, Saeed Jaffrey, Victor Banerjee, Aparna Sen, Jane Booker.
In India, a young Maharaja, Georgie, and his sister, Bonnie, possess a collection of Indian miniature paintings. Two art collectors try to scam the artwork out of the Maharaja's hands while the collection's curator works both sides against each other. 83 min. DVD 3789
Director Sooraj R. Barjatya. In this romantic musical comedy the family of Rajesh, a handsome young man who keeps evading marriage, schemes to arrange meetings for him with suitable young women resulting in a tangled weave of loves lost and found. In Hindi with English subtitles. 193 min. vhs 999:2077
Written, produced, and directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali. A romantic melodrama set in India and Hungary with lavish sequences of dance and music. The daughter of a famous musician and one of her father's music students, who is Indo-Hungarian, fall in love. The father, learning of their relationship, sends his student away and marries his daughter to another man. When her devoted new husband realizes the degree to which his wife still loves another man, he helps her search for him. 188 min. DVD 1982
Directed by Mahesh Bhatt. Cast: Amir Khan, Juhi Chawla, Dilip Tahil, Navneet Nishan. When his sister and brother-in-law die in an airplane crash, Rahul takes in their three children and his brother-in-law's garment factory. The children drivehim crazy, until one day they bring a young woman named Vyjayanti home and he hires her to be their governess. They fall in love and soon after Rahul is under pressure to marry someone else. Rahul is caught between saving his factory for the sake of the children, or sacrificing his love for Vyjayanti. 156 min. DVD 2525
Directed by Bapu. Cast: Sanjeev Kumar, Shabana Azmi, Mithun Chakraborty, Nasiruddin Shah, Gulshan Grover, Uday Chandra, Amrish Puri. The tyrannical Veer Pratap Singh rules over a small town, and no one dares to oppose him. He has an affair with Soundariya, marries her secretly, and she becomes pregnant. When she refuses to abort their child, he denies ever having any relationship with her. Her brothers try to bring him to justice but they are dealt with roughly by his bodyguard. Soundariya is left to find support on her own and stop his tyrannical rule over the town. 158 min. DVD 3422
Directed by Abbas-Mustan. Featuring Bobby Deol, Akshaye Khanna, Amisha Patel. A boyfriend and girlfriend musical team get a break by working on a rich man's cruise, but when the girl has an affair with him, everything changes.149 min. DVD 1973; vhs DVD 3505
Directed by Rajiv Menon. Cast: Aishwarya Rai, Mammootty, Tabu, Ajith, Abbas, Srividya, Shamili. In this "Bollywood" adaptation of Jane Austen's novel sense and sensibility, rich and pampered sisters Sawmya and Meenakshi want for nothing except the true love their hearts crave. While Sowmya grudgingly places family responsibilities ahead of romance, Meenakshi yearns for a white knight. Manohar, an aspiring filmmaker, falls for Sowmya but will wed her only after directing his first film. Commando Major Bala woos Meenakshi despite physical and emotional war wounds and competition from Srikanth. But with the patriarch's health ebbing, the romantic storm Meenakshi and Sowmya wished for may soon be eclipsed by the harsh realities of modern life. 150 min. DVD 3598
Directed by Ismail Merchant. Cast: Shashi Kapoor, Shabana Azmi, Om Puri, Sushma Seth, Neena Gupta, Tinnu Anand, Prayag Raj, Ajay Sahmi. Nur is considered the greatest living Urdu poet and Deven hopes to rekindle interest in the language by recording Nur reciting his magical verse. But multiple problems block Deven's path, the greatest being Nur's two shrewish wives, his love of drink, and the vastly bloated poet himself. Deven's monstrous task quickly turns into a cultural odyssey that follows a humorous path to an unexpected conclusion. 124 min. DVD 3712
Directed by Abhishek Chaubey. Cast: Naseeruddin Shah, Vidya Balan, Arshad Warsi, Salman Shahid, Anupama Kumar, Adil Hussain.
Set in Gorakhpur in Eastern Uttar Pradesh, the movie is a tale of romance between individuals caught in a web of crime, suspense and passion. Two thieves, Khalujan and Babban, are on the run from their boss, Mushtaq. After every known person in the world turns them down they seek refuge with an old friend Verma, but instead meet his widow, Krishna who is staying alone in her old house. 112 min. DVD X3305
Directed by Suraj Prakash. Featuring Shashi Kapoor, Nanda, Agha, Shammi, Kamal Kapoor, B.B. Bhala. A comic love story of a beautiful young woman who rents a houseboat seeking a restful vacation only to be besieged by would-be suitors. 149 min. DVD 1973; vhs 999:2387
Jagte Raho (1956)
Directed by Sombhu Mitra, Amit Mitra. Cast: Pradeep Kumar, Sumitra Devi, Smriti Biswas, Nargis, Motilal, Raj Kapoor. Mohan is a simple villager who comes to the city one night searching for water to drink. He is mistaken for a thief and searches for a hiding place throughout the city. While running, he witnesses crimes and other dark aspects of city life. VHS only has no subtitles. 138 min. DVD 3413; vhs 999:2941
Director, Kundan Shah. Cast: Naseeruddin Shah, Om Puri, Pankaj Kapoor, Neena Gupta.
Two bumbling photographers are employed by the editor of a scandal sheet. Their boss assigns them the duty of spying on a millionaire property developer and the police commissioner. They find dirty business between the developer and his equally unsavoury rival Ahuja uncovering more corruption and even murder. 143 min. DVD X1832
Directed by Abhinav Singh Kashyap. Cast: Rahul Bose, Raima Sen, Chigusa Takaku.
Snehamoy, a schoolteacher in the Sunderbans, and Miyage, a young girl in Japan, meet through letters, fall in love over letters, and even get married through letters! They have been married for 15 years, but have never met. Based on The Japanese wife by Kunal Basu. 101 min. DVD X6612
Director, T. Rama Rao. A melodrama concerning the events that swirl around a beautiful Indian woman, Sangeetha, as she searches for a meaningful life. 135 min. vhs 999:1576
Jis desh mein ganga behti hai (The land in which the Ganges flows) (1960)
Directed by Raj Kapoor. Story of the sacred river Ganges and its influence on people. Raju is a simple villager whose actions, based on his beliefs, change the lives of those he meets. 174 min. DVD 2535
Directed by Amit Saxena. Cast: Bipasha Basu, John Abraham, Gulshan Grover, Vinay Pathak, Ranvir Shorey, Anahta Uberoi. abir Lal is an alcoholic lawyer who meets young, sexy, ambitious and rich housewife, Sonia Khanna, and starts a passionate affair that eventually leads to the murder of her husband. But after the murder Kabir's world begins to crumble when Sonia begins to take independent decisions. 133 min. DVD 1619
Directed by Ligy J. Pullappally. Cast: Suhasini V. Nair, Shrruiti Menon, Kpac Lalitha, Valsala Menon, Syam Seethal.
Kiran is mortified by her growing lesbian desire for the effervescent Delilah. Despite her love for her best friend, she must marry the boy chosen by her family. When Delilah discovers the truth, the two women begin a secret romance. 107 min. DVD 9511
Director, Raj Kanwar. Sridevi plays an average girl, who hates living in a poor society and dreams of becoming rich. Her husband, the honest-hardworking Anil, is an engineer yet is quite poor. His honesty is greatly appreciated by Urmila, his boss's niece. Urmila falls for Anil, and on discovering Sridevi's passion for money, offers Sridevi money if Urmila could marry Anil. After some convincing, Ail agrees. So, now, all live in a big house, but soon Sridevi learns the value of her husband ... 160 min. DVD 3503
Director, Shyam Benegal. Set during the Sepoy Rebellion of 1857 against British rule, the film features the doomed romance between rebel leader Pathan and an Anglo-Indian woman. Explores ethnic, class, and religious differences. 90 90 min. DVD 6839 (with English subtitles); vhs 999:2934 (In Hindi without subtitles)
Directed by Guru Dutt. Tells, in flashback, the story of Suresh Sinha, a famous Indian film director. His marriage to Bina, the daughter of a wealthy parvenue, is wrecked because film directing is a job lacking in social status. Sinha is denied access to his beloved daughter who is sent to a private boarding school. Gossip columns link a beautiful motion picture star with Sinha, and when she withdraws from filmwork Sinha's fortune rapidly declines leaving him forgotten and destitute. 153 min. vhs 999:2485
Cousins, Mark. "Guru Dutt: Such Sweet Sorrow." Sight & Sound v. ns16 no. 3 (March 2006) p. 30-2
Khan, P., et. al., The song picture man [Guru Dutt]. Sight & Sound v. ns4 (October 1994) p. 26-8
Directed by Ram Maheshwary. Cast: Raj Kumar, Dharmendra, Meena Kumari, Padmini, Mehmood, Mumtaz. When the wife of an alcoholic must go to her god-brother for financial help, his wife suspects the pair are having an affair. Can the couples prevent their marriages from failing?. 171 min. DVD 2514
Director, Sanjay Upadhyay. A dramatization which depicts a struggle between police and gundas. In Hindi. PAL format. 148 min. Video/C 3900
Directed by Sanjay Gupta. Six Indian criminals living abroad meet in a jail cell and plot a robbery. They carry it out and are captured by Los Angeles police officers. They all manage to escape and go their separate ways. They meet up again in an abandoned warehouse but are now suspicious of each other: which one of them tipped off the police? 150 min. DVD 2554
Directed by Karan Johar. Cast: Amitabh Bachchan, Jaya Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan, Kajol, Hrithik Roshan, Kareena Kapoor, Jaya Bhaduri. A young man goes against the wishes of his beloved father to marry the girl he loves. When he leaves home, his younger brother vows to reunite the family and bring back the happiness they once shared. 209 min. DVD 3729
Kal aaj aur kal (The Saga of Three Generations)(1971)
Directed by Randhir Kapoor. Cast: Prithviraj Kapoor, Raj Kapoor, Randhir Kapoor, Babita, Roopesh Kumar, Achala Sachdev, Narender Nath ; playback singers: Asha Bhosle, Kishore Kumar, Manna Dey, Sharda, Mukesh. Three generations of Kapoors (played by Raj Kapoor and his real-life sons) clash over issues of marriage and modern lifestyles. 156 min. DVD 3502
Directed by Nikhil Advani. Cast: Jaya Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan, Saif Ali Khan, Preity Zinta. Rohit and Naina are sweethearts and hope to marry soon. Their relationship undergoes a change when Naina's family experiences money problems. Then Aman Mathur enters their lives, and his dynamic and outgoing personality has a positive effect on everyone he comes into contact with. But Aman (cancer patient) himself is human, and cannot help himself falling in love with beautiful Naina. But Aman cannot marry Naina for he has a dark secret, that he cannot share with anyone. Special features: Director's commentary ; theatrical trailer ; making-of documentary ; deleted scenes. 186 min. DVD X1413
Directed by Mohit Suri. Cast: Kunal Khemu, Deepal Shaw, Smilie Suri. Kunal and Renuka have the perfect life until someone plants a hidden camera in their hotel room while they are on their honeymoon. The resulting video spreads through the internet and both Kunal and Renuka are arrested. Renuka can't bear the shame and commits suicide, and Kunal becomes determined to prove his innocence and uncover the truth behind the blue film racket. Disc 1: Feature film -- Disc 2: Audio CD.-- Disc 3: Making of the film. Music by Anu Malik. 127 min. DVD 6457
Kama Sutra(UK | India | USA | Germany | Japan, 1996)
Directed by Mira Nair. Cast: Naveen Andrews, Sarita Choudhury, Ramon Tikaram, Rekha, Indira Varma. In a seductive tale of love and betrayal, a king's courtesan is forbidden her one true love. Trained in the art of pleasure, Maya, the beautiful servant girl becomes defiant, rebelling against ancient tradition. As passion takes over, the conflict brings consequences that no one ever envisioned. 1997. 114 min.DVD X5462; vhs 999:1814
Awards ceremonies for South Asian films interspersed with dance and musical performances by various Indian motion picture stars, musicians and singers. Humanitarian award presented to entertainer Michael Jackson. 174 min. Video/C 6862
Kannathil Muthamittal (A Peck on the Cheek) (2002)
Directed by Mani Ratnam. Cast: Madhavan, Simran, Prakashraj, Nandita Das, Chakravarthy, P.S. Keerthana. A 9-year-old girl is told on her birthday that she was abandoned as an infant and adopted. At first shocked into disbelief, she expresses her determination to search for her biological mother. The search takes the family to strife-torn Sri Lanka, where she comes face-to-face with reality, and reconciles herself to it. Note: DVD 6309 also contains the film short "The Mantis Parable", directed by Josh Staub (9 min.): Created in its entirety by first-time filmmaker Josh Staub, this is the charming tale of a humble caterpillar trapped in a bug collector's jar and in need of a helping hand. 130 min. DVD 6309; DVD 4102
The cinema of Mani Ratnam. Calcutta : Cine Central, [199-] (MAIN: PN1993.5.I8 C556 1990z)
Kapurush (Coward) (1965)
Directed by Satyajit Ray. Cast: Haradhan Bannerjee, Soumitra Chatterjee, Madhabi Mukherjee.
Amitabha Roy, a scriptwriter of commercial films, is driving in the country, scouting for locations. When his vehicle breaks down, he is taken in by a tea planter whose wife is Karuna, a woman whom he had formerly loved but whom he was unable to take care of in earlier days as a poor student. Now that he has become successful, Amitabha invites Karuna to leave her husband and live with him. He arranges a rendezvous at the train station. 74 min. DVD X989; also DVD 7815
Directed by Subhash Ghai. Cast: Dilip Kumar, Nutan, Naseeruddin Shah, Jachie Shroff, Anil Kapoor, Sridevi, Poonam Dhillon, Dara Singh, Anupam Kher, Shakti Kapoor. Rana, a prison warden and a strong and honest jailer, believes in the philosophy of criminal rehabilitation. Following his own beliefs and methods he plans a secret mission employing three death row inmates to infiltrate a terrorist camp. 178 min. DVD 2516
Director, Saif-ud-Din Saif. A motion picture set in Pakistan. In Panjabi. PAL format. 143 min. Video/C 3915
Directed by Subhash Ghai. Monty, a heart-throb pop singer, discovers that in a past lifetime he was murdered and duped of his empire of tea estates by his own wife. 25 years later, in a new life, with a new face, he encounters the murderer... and a thrilling saga of karma and revenge follows. 162 min. DVD 2726
Directors, Meenakshi Rai and Vinay Rai. Story of two girls who fall in love and begin a lesbian relationship. The first film produced in India that deals with lesbianism. 32 min. DVD X928
Kashmir Ki Kali (1964)
Director, Shakti Samanta. In this musical comedy romance a rich youth spurns his family's wealth and leaves when there is talk of arranging a marriage for him and goes to Kashmir where he falls in love with a flower-girl. In Hindi with subtitles in English and Arabic. 168 min. vhs 999:2071
This musical satire inspired by the tale of the hare and the tortoise is set in a lower-middle-class tenement in Bombay. It features the slow-but-sure upwardly mobile clerk, Rajaram, who loves his neighbor Sandhya. The energetic Basu arrives and dazzles everyone, including Sandhya, with his go-getting charm. He rapidly acquires three girlfriends but when things get too hot, Basu departs and life settles down again in the tenement. 135 min. vhs 999:1584
Directed by Akbar Aftab. A melodrama of love and murder set in Pakistan. In Urdu. 92 min. vhs 999:3265
Directed by Asit Sen. An Indian nurse Radha has to pretend to fall in love with her male patients, as part of the therapy in a mental asylum. The first time she does this, she actually falls in love, and is devastated when her cured patient merely thanks her and leaves to marry his fiancee. When it threatens to happen once again with her second patient, the nurse goes insane. 127 min. vhs 999:2486
Directed by Hrishikesh Mukherjee. Cast: Ashok Kumar, Rekha, Rakesh Roshan, Dina Pathak. Rekha's older sister gets married in a household ruled with an iron hand by the mother-in-law. When Rekha visits her sister's new home, she brings her own brand of mischief and laughter into this house of strictdiscipline and duty. 127 min. DVD 2515
Khuda kay liye (In the Name of God) (Pakistan, 2007)
Directed by Shoaib Mansoor. Cast: Shan, Fawad Khan, Iman Ali, Austin Sayre, Larry Neumann, Jr.
Drama set on three continents confronts the difficult situation of Pakistani Muslims caught up in the conflict within the Muslim community between liberals and fundamentalists. Mansoor goes to music school in Chicago, but after 9/11, he is captured by FBI agents and is incarcerated and tortured for two years. In England, Mariam has been raised as a "free woman." Her father tricks her into returning to Pakistan where she is forcefully married to her cousin, an Islamic fundamentalist. British authorities rescue her and she devotes her life to raising girls to live "free" in Pakistan. 166 min. DVD X2308
Director, Gulzar. A melodrama about a deaf and dumb couple who, with the aid of a blind man, overcome the odds of living in a hostile and uncaring society. In Hindi-Urdu without subtitles. 112 min. vhs 999:2933
Directed by Manoj Kumar. A story that is based on the freedom struggle against British dominion in nineteenth century colonial India. Revolutionaries are determined to cast off the yoke of foreign rule despite the huge sacrifice of life and limb, and the cost of personal and family safety. The struggle continues with succeeding generations for the enemy is not only the British rulers but also Indians who have old lingering hatreds and ulterior motives that pit them against the rebels. 185 min. DVD 2487
Directed by Subhash Ghai. In this stylish action thriller an ordinary, honest man becomes a vigilante, pursued relentlessly by a police inspector. What crime or outrage could have turned this non-violent man into a killing machine? 151 min. DVD 3467
Documents the impact of the movie theater Kumar Talkies on the residents of the northern Indian town of Kalpi by juxtaposing the reality of Kalpi, where poverty affects all facets of life, with the world of rebellion and romance on the silver screen. The film explores not only the meaning of cinema in Kalpi, but also the status of film in all of India, especially the relationship between Bollywood and its audience. Produced, directed and edited by Pankaj Rishi Kumar.1998. 76 min. Video/C 7898
Kuch kuch hota hai (1998)
Directed by Karan Johar. Cast: Shahrukh Khan, Kajol, Rani Mukherjee, Farida Jalal, Johnny Lever, Sana Saeed, Himani Shivpuri. This is a story of two best friends at college: Rahul and tomboy Anjali. Unknown to Rahul, Anjali has fallen in love with him. When Rahul confesses that he is in love with Tina, Anjali is heartbroken and decides to leave college. Now, nine years have passed and Rahul is a single parent after Tina's demise. 177 min. DVD X1361
Directed by Rensil D'Silva. Cast: Diya Mirza, Om Puri, Rupinder Nagra, Vivek Oberoi, Kareena Kapoor, Saif Ali Khan.
Avantika is a teacher who leaves New York to return to India after her father has a heart attack. There, she meets Ehsaan and soon they get married and return to the States, and subsequently buy a house in an Indian neighborhood and settle in. Their conservative Muslim neighbors invite them to dinner. A few days later Avantika's world is turned upside down when she finds out that their neighbors are terrorists who want to avenge the deaths of innocent Iraqi and Afghani civilians massacred by British and American forces, and that her husband is not who he claims to be. 155 min. DVD X3304
Directed by M. V. Raman. Romantic triangles abound in this lighthearted musical melodrama set in India. 155 min. vhs 999:2484
Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India (2001)
Directed by Ashutosh Gowariker. In 1890s India, villagers are forced to pay an extraordinarily high "lagaan" or land tax, to their British rulers. A military commander offers them freedom from taxation -- if they can defeat his men in a cricket match. 225 min. DVD 1038
Directed by Sushil Majumdar. Cast: Raaj Kumar, Raakhee, Hema Malini, Vinod Mehra. Sight-seers at Fatehpur Sikri encounter a strange man who begins to narrate a story of the "red stone" (lal patthar). The story begins at a time when India was still in the peak of its pomp and glory. Kumar Gian Shankar of Rainagar, a cultured man and hero of the story, goes out to kill a man-eating tigeress that was creating havoc in one of his villages. After killing the beast, he encounters bandits. After fending off the bandits, he finds and rescues a beautiful woman and his life is changed forever. 149 min. DVD 2498
Directed by Yash Chopra. A musical romance telling the story of Viren who falls in love with an older woman. But she marries another man and bears a child who, when she grows up, falls in love with the now aged Viren. 165 min. vhs 999:2474
Director Hari Valia. The amorous misadventures of a carefree young Indian peasant who meets and woos a girl of a higher caste interfering with her father's plans for an arranged marriage. In Hindi with English subtitles. 1990. 130 min. vhs 999:2068
The Legend of Bhagat Singh (2002)
Directed by Raj Kumar Santoshi. Cast: Ajay Devgan, Akhilendra Mishra, Sushant Singh, D. Santosh, Raj Babbar, Farida Jalal, Amrita Rao.
A dramatization of the remarkable life of Bhagat Singh, one of the most influential revolutionaries of the Indian independence movement. He became involved in numerous revolutionary organizations and quickly rose through the ranks of the Hindustan Republican Association (HRA) and later the Hindustan Socialist Republican Association (HSRA). Singh gained support when he underwent a 63-day fast in jail, demanding equal rights for Indian and British political prisoners. He was hanged for shooting a police officer in response to the killing of a veteran freedom fighter. His legacy prompted youth in India to begin fighting for Indian independence and also increased the rise of socialism in India. 156 min. DVD 9687
Directed by Gulzar. Samir, the curator of a museum is sent to salvage the valuables in a sealed palace where he encounters the unhappy ghost, Rewa, who haunts the palace. Rewa's ability to recreate the past brings alive her tragic story, making Samir determined to liberate her even at the risk of his life. Rewa is finally liberated when, with his help, she completes the journey through a desert that claimed her life on earth, encountering along the way the tribal Banjaras, a community presented as practising witchcraft. 171 min. vhs 999:2477
Like Stars on Earth: Every Child is Special (Taare zameen par)(India, 2007)
Directed by Aamir Khan. Cast: Darsheel Safary, Aamir Khan, Tanay Chheda, Sachet Engineer, Tisca Chopra, Vipin Sharma.
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. Special features (Disc 2): Deleted scenes; the making of Like Stars on Earth; panel discussion on children; feature commentary by director Aamir Khan. 165 min. DVD X4933
Directed by Vipul Amrutlal Shah. Cast: Salman Khan, Ajay Devgan, Asin, Rannvijay Singh, Om Puri.
The story revolves around two childhood friends, Arjun and Munnu, who find a way to get from a small village in India to Wembley as Rock stars, after overcoming jealousy and betrayal that threatened to destroy the lives and dreams of both men. 155 min. DVD X3300
Directed by Imtiaz Ali. Cast: Saif Ali Khan, Deepika Padukone, Rishi Kapoor, Rahul Khanna.
London-based Jai Vardhan Singh and Meera Pandit meet, fall in love, and she introduces him to her family. Shortly thereafter, they decide to part as she wants to re-locate to India to restore heritage buildings, while he re-locates to America. Restauranteur Veer Singh attempts to convince Jai to pursue her, but Jai moves on and falls in love with Caucasian Jo, while Meera is all set to marry her employer, Vikram Joshi. 123 min. DVD X3307
Love Grows-- Men Don't!! (Dil toh baccha hai ji)(2011)
Directed by Madhur Bhandarkar. Cast: Ajay Devgan, Emraan Hashmi, Omi Vaidya.
A funny look at love and the extent people will go to avoid it or achieve it. Bank manager Naren Ahuja meets an impulsive, vivacious girl named June, to whom he is attracted. Nikhil works for a matrimonial website and meets his dream girl in the form of Gungun, a radio jockey who wants to be a famous actress. Abhay Suri is a Casanova whose life revolves around women. He works as a trainer in a gym to make ends meet. 145 min. DVD X4962 (NRLF)
Directed by Satyajit Ray. Cast: Charuprakash Ghosh, Rabi Ghosh, Prasad Mukherjee, Gitali Roy, Satindra Banerjee, Santosh Dutta, Renuka Roy.
Birinchi Baba manages to pass himself off as a "sadhu" (sage, holy man) and takes advantage of the credulity of a father and his daughter Buchki. This does not suit her fiance Satya, who fears that her religious conversion will pull her away from him. His group of intelligent and rationalist friends decide to take matters in their own hands and hatch a plot to expose the smooth-talking charlatan. Based on: Birinchi baba by Parasuram. 65 min. DVD 7815; also DVD X990
Directed by Farah Khan. Cast: Shahrukh Khan, Sushmita Sen, Suniel Shetty, Zayed Khan, Amrita Rao. Major Ram Parsad Sharma returns to school in search of his step-brother and to rescue a general's daughter. While there, he falls in love with a teacher.
Contents Disc 1. Feature film (175 min.) -- Disc 2. Bonus disc (50 min.): Director's commentary; making of featurette; visual effects; deleted scenes; outtakes; theatrical trailer; TV spots & promos; storyboard to scene comparison; trivia game; filmographies. 175 min. DVD X1359
Directed by Asit Sne. A melodrama set in India concerning a mother who is forced to give her only child up to an orphanage, but her grown daughter comes to her aid when she reaches adulthood. 117 min. vhs 999:2480
Directed by Shyam Benegal. A social satire on the institution of Kotha, a high-class bordello featuring poetry and dance which was frequented by the feudal leisure class in 18th and 19th century India. 167 min. DVD 3414; vhs 999:2482
Directed by Shammi Kapoor. An upright beat copy, working the red light district, desperately tries to hang on to his values in such an amoral environment. Then he falls for a hooker and sets out to reform her. 158 min. DVD 3468
Director, Shyam Bengal. An extraordinary dramatization of economic and social change in India, the film explores the struggle of Indian dairy farmers to gain a fairer share of the proceeds of their labor from the larger milk-processing companies to whom they sell their raw milk. 156 min. vhs 999:3871
Directed by Directed by Meenakshi and Vinay Rai. Cast: Shafiq, Savita, Nasreen, Deepti, Ratna, Ajay & Manu.
A fictionalized account of the psychosocial interaction between parents and their children in India, which sometimes causes young men to rebel and to have brushes with the law. 22 min. DVD X2882
Maqbool (India, 2003)
Directed by Vishal Bhardwaj. Cast: Irrfan, Tabu, Pankaj Kapoor, Om Puri, Naseeruddin Shah, Piyush Mishra.
An Indianized adaptation of Shakespeare's Macbeth set against the backdrop of Bombay's mafia world. In the contemporary underworld of India's commercial capital two corrupt, fortune telling policemen take the roles of the weird sisters, and "Duncan" is Abbaji, the head of a crime family. Abbaji's mistress and Maqbool plot and carry out his death; the sea plays the role of Birnham wood. Based on William Shakespeare's Macbeth. 160 min. DVD X2362
Director, Gulzar. Dr. Amarnath Gill discovers that his daughter -- born when he had a brief affair with Chanda before jilting her -- has grown up to be a prostitute. The daugher, Kajli hates her unknown father, but in the course of the film relents and accepts him. In Hindi without subtitles. 88 min. vhs 999:2938
A documentary on the history of Muslim rule in South Asia, 712-1857, and the Pakistan movement through 1947. In Urdu. PAL format.
150 min. Video/C 3909
Mera Goan Mera Desh (1971)
Directed by Raj Khosla. For years the poor unarmed people in a remote Indian village have been living in terror of Dacoits. Then one day Ajit, a hardended city-bred young man, a typical product of an orphanage, slums and jail-life arrives. He ridicules the villagers for their cowardice and refuses to get involved but eventually the warmth and hospitality of the people pulls him out of his shell and he saves them from the ravages of the Dacoits. 155 min. DVD 1960
Directed by Raj Kapoor. A semi-autobiographical story of featuring Raj Kapoor as Raju, the circus clown. Initially conceived as three separate films the 3-part story abounds with allusions to Kapoor's own life and work. It starts with the young Raju, the son of a trapeze artist, falling in love with his schoolteacher and dreaming of becoming a famous clown. In Part 2, Raju, joins a Russian circus where he falls in love with Marina. The climax of this part comes when Raju's mother, seeing him on a trapeze and remembering his father's fatal fall, collapses. In part 3, Raju befriends the young Mina who, disgused as a boy, pastes cinema posters while dreaming of becoming a film star. The film's conclusion shows the three women in his life witnessing Raju's grand circus finale. 240 min. DVD 2282; vhs 999:2473
Directed by Vinod Kumar. A musical drama concerning the complex and tragic relationship between two close friends, Nwab and Akhtan, who love the same woman. In Hindi with English subtitles. 155 min. vhs 999:2075
Director Adurthi Subha Rao, 1967. "Death is inevitable but... only one in a billion souls remembers its earlier existence. Milan is the story of such a soul." In Hindi with English subtitles. 1987. 170 min. vhs 999:2067
Directed by Hrishikesh Mukherjee. Shekhar Dayal has moved into a new neighborhood, and is not pleased with the new surroundings. His reclusion is shattered when his neighbor, Mili, comes into his life. At first he hates the intrusion, but ultimately falls in love with her. When the time comes for him to propose to this sunny, cheerful and positive young lady, he is told that she has only a few more months to live. 123 min. DVD 3452
Satirical play on sociocultural evils in the Pakistan society, based on an imaginary visit to Karachi by Mirza Asadullah Khan Ghalib, 1796?-1869, Urdu poet. In Urdu. PAL format. 140 min. Video/C 3904
Mission Kashmir (2000)
Director, Vidhu Vinod Chopra. Cast: Sanjay Dutt, Hrithik Roshan, Preity Zinta, Sonali Kulkarni, Puru Rajkumar, Jackie Shroff. When a young boy is orphaned during a violent attack on his home, he is adopted by the officer of the raid and his loving wife. His dream life with his new parents is shattered when he discovers that the man he calls father was the task force leader responsible for murdering his parents. After ten years he returns home, an instrument of destruction on a mission of annihilation, revolution and revenge. 157 min. DVD 1208
Director, Rajat Kapoor. Cast: Ranvir Shorey, Vinay Pathak, Neha Dhupia, Naseeruddin Shah, Saurabh Shukla.
A struggling actor gets caught up with the 'wrong people' because his face is identical to an underworld don Raje. An opposing gang plan to murder the don and put the actor in place of him at the helm of the don's empire and act as their puppet. But, things don't always go according to plan. 108 min. DVD X1829
Directed by Jaffar Bukhari. A feature film on the disasterous after-effects of liberal social attitudes in a conservative society, especially for young, naive girls who become victims of blackmail, thus ruining their family life. In Urdu. M-PAL format. 149 min. vhs 999:1621
Directed by Aditya Chopra. Cast: Amitabh Bachchan, Shahrukh Khan, Aishwarya Rai. Gurukul is a private boys' school whose principal demands strict adherence to rules and traditions from his faculty and students, with immediate expulsion for any non-compliance. Karan, Sameer and Vicki are roommates and best buddies who question this inflexible authority. Their young, handsome and sympathetic music teacher Raj Aryan is on their side in a crusade to humanize the bootcamp spirit of Gurukul. 216 min. DVD X1365
Monsoon Wedding (India / USA / France / Italy / Germany, 2001)
Director, Mira Nair. Love, lust and hope envelop an upper middle-class Indian family and their world-wide guests as they celebrate for four days the arranged marriage of their daughter to an East Indian man from Texas. 115 min. DVD 1346
Directed by Mehboob Khan. Considered a national epic, "Mother India" centers around the life of Radha, now an old woman as she recounts her past: her happy married life with three sons in a rural Indian village. Eventually her husband leaves her so she must raise the children alone while fending off the financial as well as sexual pressures from the landlord. One son dies in a flood, another son, Birju, becomes a rebel committed to violence, while the third son, Ramu, remains dutiful. A spectacular commercial success, the plot and characters from Mother India became the models for many subsequent Indian films. 165 min. DVD 3217; vhs 999:1588
Chatterjee, Gayatri. Mother India = Madara Indiya New Delhi; New York, NY : Penguin Books, 2002. (Main Stack PN1997.M783.C48 2002)
Mr. India (1987)
Director, Shekhar Kapoor. In this comic fantasy one of Indian film's most exotic villians, Mogambo, is defeated by a common man hero who can render himself invisible. VHS in Hindi without subtitles; DVD has English subtitles. 179 min. DVD 3412; vhs 999:2931
Director, Prakash Jha. Cast: Shabana Azmi, Madhuri Dixit, Ayub Khan, Shilpa Shirodkar, Om Puri, Mohan Joshi.Tells the story of three women in a Bihar village who are being terrorized by their men. Ketaki, a young bride, watches as her kind husband becomes an abusive drunk due to his business dealings. Chandravati, Ketaki's sister-in-law, crushed when her husband of 17 years leaves her to become a pandit, finds love with the family's kind hired help. Kanti, a servant whose husband is forced to leave the village to pay off a debt, turns to prostitution in order to help him. Deciding they have taken enough from their men, the women revolt, and a mass execution is planned by the village men in retaliation. 152 min. DVD 2496
Directed by K. Asif. A dramatic spectacular set in the time of the emperor Akbar, at the height of Moghul power and splendor. The story revolves around a love attachment, doomed for disaster, between heir apparent Prince Salim and a palace slave. This renowned Indian epic, made over a span of 15 years utilized 14 cameras operating simultaneously, with a cast of thousands, horses, camels and elephants, with period costumes and settings. 172 min. DVD 1529; vhs 999:2465
Directed by Prakash Mehra. A homeless urchin, raised as a servant to Kaamna, falls in love with her, but her father Ramanath accuses him of theft and he is cast out. He finds a new employer but his employer falls in love with the same woman. In Hindi with English subtitles. 189 min. DVD 2163; vhs 999:2076
Directed by Satyajit Ray. Cast: Chhabi Biswas, Padma Devi, Pinaki Sen Gupta, Gangapada Basu, Tulsi Lahiri, Kali Sarkar.
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. Based on the short story Jalsaghar by Tarasankar Banerji. Special edition features: Satyajit Ray / director, Shyam Benegal (documentary,1984, 132 min.) ; interviews ; 1981 French roundtable discussion exerpt. 161 min. DVD X6111; vhs
Directed by Karan Johar. Cast: Kajol, Shah Rukh Khan.
Rizwan Khan, a Muslim from the Borivali section of Mumbai, suffers from Asperger's syndrome. After 9/11, Rizwan is detained by authorities at LAX who mistake his disability for "suspicious" behaviour. Following his arrest, he meets Radha, a therapist who helps him deal with his situation and his affliction. Rizwan then begins a journey to meet US President Obama to clear his name. Special features: Changing the face of Bollywood; Working together; The music of My name is Khan; The story of My name is Khan; Sajda music promo; Tere Naina music promo. 161 min. DVD X4328
Directed by Mahesh Bhatt. A movie based on the strong bond between two brothers. Ravi stays home and takes care of his mother while Vicky goes to Dubai for a job but gets inrouble. When the wait at home becomes too long, Ravi sets out to bring his brother home. 156 min. DVD 2249
Directed by Prakash Mehra. Savitri gives up her son Arjun, to be brought up by his grandfather, while she brings up Raja, heir to a fortune, as her own. When numerous unsuccessful attempts are made on Raja's life he suspects his mother is behind the plots. Song and dance sequences, action and family drama are all part of this romantic comedy. 179 min. DVD 2528
Directed by Sampooran Singh Gulzar. Three attractive young sisters live in considerable poverty with their aging mother in a remote mountainous region. They provide board and lodging to a stranded truck driver who provides them much needed male protection, and each sister develops a tender affection for the only man in their lives. 112 min. vhs 999:2481
Directed by Saeed Akhtar Mirza. A family drama set in 1992 in the days preceding the demolition of the Babari Masjid by Hindu fanatics. Naseem is a schoolgirl in a middle-class Bombay Muslim family. She enjoys a warm relationship with her aged, grandfather who regales her with poetry and stories of life in pre-Independence Agra. With increasing horror the family watches the news of the build-up while the Naseem's brother tends towards terrorist measures of resistance, which pushes him towards Muslim fundamentalist circles. The film culminates with the death of the grandfather as the news of the mosque's destruction is received. In Hindi (without titles). 89 min. vhs 999:2684
Directed by B.R. Chopra. In this melodrama about the perils of progress, villain Kundan introduces an electric saw and cars into an isolated, sylvan village in India. Economic, caste and religious divisions between the rurals are woven into the main story of the rivalry over a beautiful young woman. 174 min. DVD 1894
Directed by Ramesh Sharma. A political thriller inspired by the story of Indian Express newspaper editor Arun Shourie's exposure of high-level wrong-doing. The drama centers around an investigation into the complicated links between crime and politics in a north Indian state. 120 min. vhs 999:2483
Select romantic ballads and dances featured in popular Indian motion pictures depicting wedding scenes. Selections from films: Major Saab, Pyar to hona hitha, Qilla, Qareeb, Dulhay Raja, Karishna, Zoor, Dil walay dulhanya lay jaingay, Private, Dewana Mastana, Dushmani, Salma pay dil aa gaya, Hum aapkay hain kown, Satya, Papa Kehtay hain, Balma, Koiyla, Jab Pyar kisi say hota hay, Aadmi khilona hay, Aaina, Waris, Jigar, Dewana mujh sa nahin, Raja ki aay gi barat, Khuda Gawah, Sowarg, Chandni, dar, Spanay sajan kay. 169 min. Video/C 6864
Directed by B.R. Chopra. An editor/publisher and poetess find each other again after their lives have taken different directions.
146 min. DVD 1968; vhs 999:2469
Directed by Vidhu Vinod Chopra. Set against the historical backdrop of the "Quit India Movement" during India's struggle for independence, this romantic story portrays the martyrdom of freedom fighters and the sacrifices that common folk as well as the elite were willing to make in the national cause. The turbulence of August 1942 was remarkable for the violence meted out by the British to curb the momentum gained by the independence movement. 150 min. DVD X4371; vhs 999:2397
Directed by Deepa Mehta. Directed by Deepa Mehta. Set in the city of Lahore in 1947, this films chronicles the fate of a religiously diverse group of working-class friends during the partition of India and Pakistan. 110 min. DVD 1961
Directed by Shyam Benegal. A rural Indian village is completely controlled and dominated by a wealthy zamindar. Into this feudal atmosphere comes a new schoolmaster, his wife and their child. As the schoolmaster begins to talk to the peasants, instilling in them a sense of justice, unrest builds up and dicontent takes over. 143 min. DVD 3450
Contemporary songs presented in theatrical scenes excerpted from Indian feature films produced by Eros International. Features songs by Indian motion picture stars Kajol and Karishma Kapoor. Song selections: Hum aapke dil mein rehte hain, Raja hindustani, Dushman, Jeet, Gupt, Mrityudaata, Baazigar, Megha, Taaqat, Sapoot, Suhag, Yeh dillagi, Andaz, Karan Arjun, Yeh dillagi, Aatish, Hamesha, Coolie no.1. 114 min. Video/C 6868
Non Stop Madhuri. (199-?)
Contemporary songs presented in theatrical scenes excerpted from Indian feature films produced by Eros International. Features songs by Indian motion picture star Madhuri Dixit. Song selections: Hum aapke hai koun, Raja, Khalnayak, Yaraana, Mohabbat, Prem granth, Sahibaah, Saajan, Paapi devia, Tridev, Mrityudand. 114 min. Video/C 6869
Directed by Nazir. Historical costume film, set in the heyday of the Mongols, graphically depicting their barbarities and hatred for the Muslims. In Urdu. PAL format.
126 min. vhs 999:1616
Om Shanti Om (2007)
Directed by Farah Khan. Cast: Shah Rukh Khan, Arjun Rampal, Kirron Kher, Shreyas Talpade, Deepika Padukone, Bindu.
Om Prakesh Makhija works as a junior artiste in the Bollywood of the 1970s and is in love with the superstar of the time, Shantipriya. His aspirations to become a successful actor himself and be with his love are thwarted when she is murdered by the producer to whom she is secretly married. Om Prakash dies trying to save her but is reincarnated as a popular movie star who eventually remembers his past life and seeks to avenge Shanti's death.
DVD. 162 min. DVD 9632
Director, Vishal Bhardwaj. Cast: Ajay Devgan, Saif Ali Khan, Kareena Kapoor, Vivek Oberoi, Naseeruddin Shah, Konkona Sen Sharma, Bipasha Basu. This East Indian adaptation of Othello follows one man's descent into sexual jealousy because of his passionate love for his woman and the final destruction of that love at the altar of blind obsession. 155 min. DVD X2211
Gruss, Susanne. "Shakespeare in Bollywood? Vishal Bhardwaj's Omkara." In: Semiotic encounters : text, image and trans-nation / edited by Sarah Säckel, Walter Göbel and Noha Hamdy. Amsterdam ; New York : Rodopi, 2009. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN98.I58 S46 2009)
Paa (India, 2009)
Directed by Abhishek Chaubey. Cast: Abhishek Bachchan, Jaya Bachchan, Paresh Rawal, Vidya Balan, Amitabh Bachchan. A drama focusing on a politician's relationship with his unusual son. Auro is an intelligent, witty 13-year-old boy with an extremely rare genetic defect that causes accelerated aging. He suffers from a progeria like syndrome. Despite appearing nearly five times older than his actual age, Auro is content thanks to the unconditional love of his parents. He lives with his mother Vidya, who is a gynecologist, and his father Amol Arte, a young, progressive, and full of ideals politician. 143 min. DVD 3306
Directed by Jyoti Swaroop. Slapstick musical comedy in which the innocent Bhola gives up his commitment to celibacy when he falls for sexy neighbour Bindu. His rivals in love are his own uncle and Bindu's traditionalist Carnatic music teacher. Bhola, however, wins his girl with the assistance of a crooked guru, when he serenades her using the guru for a musical playback. The high point of the film is a zany take-off on the musical contest between the guru and the Carnatic musician. vhs 999:2475
Directed by Rakesh Omprakash Mehra. Cast: Aamir Khan, Siddharth, Atul Kulkarni, Sharman Joshi, Kunal Kapoor, Alice Patten, Soha Ali Khan Pataudi.
This is the story about the youth of India today. A young British filmmaker comes upon the diaries of her grandfather, who served in the British police force in India during the freedom struggle. She plans to shoot a film based on the diaries and casts a group of friends to play the roles of the revolutionaries described in the diaries. The friends cannot identify with the characters and would rather enjoy today's life than get involved in a project the seems like the stuff of textbooks. 171 min. DVD 9688
Directed by Kamal Amrohi. In Muslim Lucknow at the turn of the century a dancer/courtesan dreams of escaping her dishonorable life but, rejected by her husband's family, dies in a graveyard giving birth to a daughter who grows up to become a courtesan as well, but eventually does find happiness in marriage and acceptance in her father's family. 148 min. DVD 1531
Directed by Aparna Sen. An Indian housewife experiences a new awareness about herself and the world when she has an affair with an American photographer and faces rejection from her family. In Hindi without subtitles. 139 min. vhs 999:2936
Chatterji, Shoma A. Parama and other outsiders : the cinema of Aparna Sen Calcutta : Parumita Publications, 2002. (MAIN: PN1998.3.S398 C53 2002)
Directed by Subhash Ghai. Kishorilal, a billionaire has made his fortune in the United States, but now he wants to infuse the Indian culture into his son (Rajiv), who was brought up in the West. Kishorilal goes to India to find a traditional "Indian" girl for his "American" son. He selects the daughter (Ganga) of an old friend and sends Rajiv to India to approve her. They become engaged and return to America where East (Ganga) and West (Rajiv) clash as their different values collide. In Hindi with English subtitles. 180 min. DVD 33
Directed by Manmohan Desai. Amit, the son of bandit Mangal Singh, is brought up along with with police officer Shamsher Singh's own son, Kishen. Ironically, Kishen joins Mangal Singh and his underworld cronies in criminal activity, while Amit joins the police force. Romance, action, vendetta and filial bonds are all woven into this fast-paced film. 157 min. bDVD 2556
Directed by Satyajit Ray. Cast: Kanu Banerjee, Karuna Banerjee, Subir Banerjee, Uma Das Gupta, Chunibala Devi, Runki Banerjee, Reba Devi, Aparna Devi, Tulsi Chakravarti. Story of a rural family cursed with bad luck. Father Hari is a dreamer and poet, while his hard-working wife struggles to feed the family. But Durga, a free-spirited and petty thief, brings tragedy to the family in a moment's carelessness. The first film in the Apu series. 111 min. DVD 2081; vhs 999:1475
Dissanayake, W. "Art, Vision and Culture: Sayajit Ray's Apu Rrilogy Revisited." East-West Film JournalI/1, Dec 86; p.69-83. Considers how S.R.'s Apu trilogy gives creative expression to aspects of
Pawelczak, Andy. "PatherPanchali. (review) Films in Revieww XLVI/5-6, July-Aug 95; p.59-60.
Patey Khan (1955)
Directed by M.A. Rasheed. Feature film depicting typical Punjabi society with a rural simpleton getting violent thrashings from the brothers of the girl he wants to marry while his educated friend returns to the city after winning alottery where he squanders his wealth. In Panjabi (Urdu script). PAL format. 147 min. Video/C 3920
Peepli [Live] (2010)
Directed by Anusha Rizvi, Mahmood Farooqui. Cast: Omkar Das Manikpuri, Raghuvir Yadav, Shalini Vatsa, Farrukh Jaffar, Malaika Shenoy, Vishal Sharma, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Sitaram Panchal, Naseeruddin Shah, Aamir Bashir.
In the week of local elections in the Indian village of Peepli, two poor farmers, Natha and Budhia, face losing their land over an unpaid government loan. Desperate, they seek help from an apathetic local politician who suggests they commit suicide to benefit from a government program that aids the families of indebted deceased farmers. When a journalist overhears Budhia urge Natha to 'do what needs to be done', a media frenzy ignites around whether or not Natha will commit suicide. 190 min. DVD X6610
Directed by Khyentse Norbu. Based on true events, this is the story of a group of boys in a Tibetan monastery-in-exile in India who are determined to watch the 1998 World Cup soccer tournament. Watching their favorite sport is not only difficult -- it is forbidden. As soccer fever heats up, the young monks sneak out of their monastery and risk their futures in an adventure that's all for the love of the game. 94 min. DVD X5585; vhs 999:3154
Directed by Raj Kapoor. A love story set in post independent India of the early fifties when Rajas, Thakurs and Zamindars held sway over the destinies of common people living under their rule. Deodhar, a poor man desires to wed a Thakurs' only daughter in this drama which highlights the clash between old traditions, customs, prejudices and liberal human progressive values. 171 min. DVD 1900
Directed by Lekh Tandon. Presents a story of resurgent India when the nation threw off the British yoke, and of a Prince who brought about his own downfall so that he might rise as a human being. 158 min. DVD 2585
Directed by Lekh Tandon. Cast: Shammi Kapoor, Kalpana, Iftiqar, Bela Bose, Lalita Pawar. Preetam, while in search of a job, gets rejected due to his young age and job requirements set by Sitadevi. Desperate to get a job, he poses as an old professor and meets again with Sitadevi who employs him to teach her niece. 160 min. DVD 2527
Directed by Jag Mundhra. Cast: Aishwarya Rai, Miranda Richardson, Naveen Andrews, Rebecca Pidgeon, Nandita Das, Robbie Coltrane.
Unable to bear the brutality and repeated rapes by her alcoholic husband, Kiranjit Ahluwalia, a Punjabi housewife and mother of two in London, sets him on fire and kills him. Charged with first-degree murder, she is sentenced to life imprisonment, where she befriends her cell mate. Moved by her story, the cell mate asks her step-brother, a highly respected queen's counsel, to file her appeal. Based on the book Circle of light : the autobiography of Kiranjit Ahluwalia / by Rahila Gupta & Kiranjit Ahluwalia. In Hindi without subtitles. 109 min. DVD X4199
Directed by Tulsi Ramsay, Shyam Ramsay. Cast: Aarti Gupta, Mohnish Bahl, Puneet Issar, Ajay Agarwal.
Tells of the ancient curse visited on an Indian king 200 years ago - all female members of his family will turn into hideous monsters and die in childbirth. The daughter of one of his descendents tries to put an end to the curse and travels to the ancient temple where it all began 200 years ago. What awaits her and her friends there is terror beyond their wildest nightmares. Special features (Disc 2): Documentary South Asian horror; interview - Freddie, Jason & Saamri; extensive text notes and essays; Mondo Macabro previews.
"Mondo macabro, the wild side of world cinema." 145 min. DVD 9464
Directed by Srinivasa Rao Singeetham. A poor and unemployed youth enjoys the good life by stealing the identity of a rich middle-aged drunkard. While an imposter he meets a beautiful girl and falls in love with her. But, like all good things, this brief excursion into paradise must end. In Hindi. 127 min. vhs 999:3194
Directed by Guru Dutt. Vijay, an unsuccessful poet, elects to live on streets where a young prostitute, Gulab falls in love with him and his poetry. When a dead beggar to whom Vijay gave his coat is mistaken for Vijay, Gulab has his poetry published in a book which becomes a best seller. Everyone who previously rejected Vijay now gathers to pay tribute to the dead poet, but Visjay disrupts the celebration with a passionate song denouncing hypocrisy and wrongly-placed social values. 146 min. DVD 3541; also VHS 999:2470
Cousins, Mark. "Guru Dutt: Such Sweet Sorrow." Sight & Sound v. ns16 no. 3 (March 2006) p. 30-2
Khan, P., et. al., The song picture man [Guru Dutt]. Sight & Sound v. ns4 (October 1994) p. 26-8
Pyar ka mausam (1969)
Directed by Nasir Husain. Tells the melodramatic story of a lost and found son. Set in the hilly regions of Northern India, the film is notable for the excellent photography of the region and an outstanding music track. 151 min. DVD 2555
Directed by Mansoor Khan. A glossy teen romance combining a Romeo and Juliet theme with a pop musical. Raj and Rashmi fall in love, defying a major ancestral conflict between their families. They elope and create a kind of utopia in an abandoned temple on a isolated mountain, living on love and fresh air. Having to buy provisions in a nearby town (the "real" world), they are betrayed and die. This film rapidly gained a cult following, fondly referred to by Indian teenagers as "QSQT." 162 min. DVD 2281; vhs 999:2476
Quick Gun Murugun: Misadventures of an Indian Cowboy (2007)
Director, Shashanka Ghosh. Cast: Rajendra Prasad, Sandhya Mridul, Nassar, Raju Sundaram, Ranvir Shorey, Vinay Pathak. A Western spoof with attitude, featuring outlandish songs, outrageous melodrama and crazy action sequences including a duel in a traffic jam. 97 min. DVD X5082
Directed by Aditya Chopra. Cast: Shahrukh Khan, Anushka Sharma, Vinay Pathak.
Surinder is married to Taani but there is no real romance in the marriage. Then, a dance reality show called "Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi" airs and Taani wants to participate but can't because her husband is not 'hip and happening', she has a fear of losing and she also fears that her friends will laugh at her. Surinder overhears this problem and decides to go in for a makeover. He watches some movies and learns to dance in order to woo his young wife. Throughout the show Taani keeps falling in love with this 'new and improved' Surinder without once realizing that he's her husband. Special features: The making of the film (45 min.); The making of haule haule; The making of dance pe chance; The making of chalte chalte; deleted scenes (10 min.); Srk unplugged (1 min.); Srk and Anushka in converstation (43 min.); Theatrical trailer & promos (8 min.). 164 min. DVD X1768
Directed by Abbas Burawalla and Mustan Burmawalla. Cast: Anil Kapoor, Saif Ali Khan, Akshaye Khanna, Bipasha Basu, Katrina Kalf, Sameera Reddy.
Ranvir and Rajiv are half brothers who own a huge stud farm in South Africa. Ranvir is a very shrewd and aggressive man while Rajiv is laid back, and a chronic alcoholic. Set against the high flying social fabric of modern South Africa, Race is about betrayal and greed, intrigue and revenge, where even love comes laced with a motive. 155 min. DVD X5079
Directed by Prakash Jha. The story of divorce, as seen through the eyes of a five-year-old. Rahul, staying with his father, wants his divorced mother back but his father has already brought another woman into the house. Rahul is in turmoil as he goes through a blend of tears and laughter hoping to reunite his parents but ultimately fails. 151 min. DVD 2490
A collection of 44 hit songs from Raj Kapoor films.
Special feature: Compiled film "The showman: Raj Kapoor." Excerpts from: Aag (3 songs) -- Barsaat (5) -- Aah (4) -- Aawara (5) -- Shri 420 (5) -- Jis desh mein ganga behti hain (4) -- Jaagte raho -- Sangam (3) -- Mera Naam Joker (4) -- Bobby (3) -- Dharam Karam --- Satyam shivam sundaram (2) -- Prem rog -- Ram teri ganga maili (2). Special feature: Compiled film "The showman: Raj Kapoor." 146 min. DVD 4123
Raja Hindustani (1996)
Directed by Dharmesh Darshan. A handsome taxi driver falls in love with a beautiful rich girl. Despite her family's disapproval, she marries him and goes to live with him in his village but her stepmother, uncle and cousin weave a web of deception to split them apart. In Hindi with English subtitles. 170 min. DVD 33
Directed by Tapi Chanakya. Cast: Dilip Kumar, Waheeda Rehman, Mumtaz, Baby Farida, Laxmi Chhaya, Leela Misra, Zebunnisa, Nirupa Roy, Pran. Dilip Kumar stars in dual roles as near-identical fellows with very different personalities. One is quiet and withdrawn, the other is adventurous and full of life. An arranged marriage and an attempted masquerade lead to confusion, danger, and potential romance. 172 min. DVD 3504
Directed by Raj Kapoor. Naren, the son of an evil industrialist falls for Ganga, a country girl but is forced by his family to abandon her when she becomes pregnant. Ganga, now an abandoned single mother, falls prey to a brothel madam who sells her to Bhagwat, who's daughter is slated to marry Naren. The final reunion of the lead couple takes place with the support of Naren's canny uncle. This is the last film directed by Raj Kapoor before his death. 175 min. DVD 1974; vhs 999:2479
Directed by Kamal Amrohi. Depicts a tale of stormy love, unflinching loyalty and sacrifice unfolded from the leaves of 11th century Indian history about Queen Razia and her love for a lowly Abyssinian slave, Yaqub. 176 min. DVD 2258
Presents a selection of seven films from contemporary cinema in India, removed from Bollywood, that testify to the richness of creativity in India. Oscillating between documentary, video art, experimental film, and animation, this compilation explores the means with which the texture of memory is incorporated within postcolonial Indian society's individual journeys as well as the national psyche. Rashtriy Kheer & Desiy Salad / Pushpamala N (2004, 11 min.) -- Straight 8 / Ayisha Abraham (2005, 17 min.) -- Ceasural, Variations 1 and 2 / Raqs Media Collective (2007, 8 min.) -- Endnote (Antaral) / Ashish Avikunthak (2005, 18 min.) -- Bengali tourist / Sarnath Banerjee (2003, 4 min.) -- I love my India / Tejal Shah (2003, 10 min.) -- Space bar (work in progress) / Debkamal Ganguly (2008, 21 min.) DVD X1132
A River Called Titus (Titas ekti nadir naam) (India / Bangladesh, 1973)
Directed by Ritwik Ghatak. Cast: Rosy Samad (Basanti); Kabari Choudhury (Rajar Jhi); Roushan Jamil (mother); Rani Sarkar (Mungli); Sufia Rustam (Udaytara). Overwhelmed by the changes in his native land, Ghatak made this, his penultimate feature film, as a grim recognition of the inevitability of change and the terrible cyclical power of loss and resurrection. As Ghatak unfolds the tragic tale of a couple separated by a kidnapping, he also delivers a lyrical account of the speech, rhythms and rituals of a Malo fishing community ... a raw and powerful tale of a drying river and a dying culture. 159 min. DVD 3781
Directed by Shimit Amin. Cast: Ranbir Kapoor, Prem Chopra, Gauhar Khan.
Harpreet Singh Bedi has just graduated, and his marks are, well, let's say a little embarrassing. But marks never stopped him from dreaming of an exciting career. He takes a deep, positive breath and dives into the world of sales, rumoured to be an ultra cool career for all smart people blocked from entering medical, engineering or business schools by brainless entrance exams. It's everything he dreamt of, with its smooth dressing and smoother talking men and women. But soon, his idea of success begins clashing with the strange ways of these "professionals" he looked up to. 154 min. DVD X5077
Directed by Mani Ratnam. Cast: Arvind Swami, Madhoo, Pankaj Kapoor, Naseer, Shiva.
An Indian police officer, expert in computers and cryptography, comes to a South Indian village in search of a bride. He marries the younger sister of his original intended. Immediately after the wedding he is posted to embattled Kashmir. Just as the newlyweds are getting acquainted and beginning to fall in love, he is kidnapped by Kashmiri separatists. Delicate negotiations ensue, with his wife pleading with officials to recover her husband. 137 min. DVD X7162; DVD 1530
Directed by Shyam Benegal. Cast: Smita Patil, Amol Palekar, Naseeruddin Shah, Anant Nag, Amrish Puri, Sulabha Deshpande, Khulbhushan Kharbanda. A drama based on the autobiography of the Marathi/Hindi actress Hansa Wadkar. Usha is taught music by her grandmother and eventually becomes an actress, a trajectory influenced by the four men she meets at various points in her life: her husband Keshav, narcissistic male co-star Rajan, effete filmmaker Sunil Verma, and the landowner Kale whose second wife she eventually becomes. VHS in Hindi without subtitles; DVD has English subtitles. 144 min. DVD 3415
Director, Manmohan Desai. Cast: Rajesh Khanna, Mumtaz, Nirupa Roy, Sujit Kumar. A criminal with a good heart escapes from jail. On a train he accidentally kills a man who finds out that he is a fugitive. He seeks shelter in a desolate mountainous area with an old couple, but he is shocked when he discovers they are the parents of the man he killed. 157 min. DVD 3427
Directed by Kalpana Lazmi. Cast: Rakhee Gulzar, Dimple Kapadia, Amjad Khan, Raj Babbar. A social drama emphasizing conventions of social roles and narrative development through conflict and cathartic resolution of a woman who becomes a "Rudaali" i.e. a professional mourner. 120 min. DVD 6288
Directed by Sabrina Dhawan. A crowded compartment on an Indian night train is beset by mob mentality when a low-caste mother discovers one of her twin babies has died en route. Succumbing to selfishness and supersitition her follow passengers bully the mother to dispose of the infant in the Ganges, in this potent and courageous examination of the moral implications of class, caste and cultural differences. 24 min. vhs 999:3287
Sabah Top Ten. Vol. 23. (199-?)
Contemporary songs presented in theatrical scenes excerpted from Indian feature films. Song selections from films: Bandhan, Soldier, Maharaja, Bade miyan chote miyan, Hero hindustani, Dil se, Prem aggan, Barood, Pyaar to hona hi tha, Kuch kuch hota hai, plus bonus songs. 180 min. Video/C 6867
Sachaa Jhutha (1970)
Directed by Manmohan Desai. Cast: Rajesh Khanna, Mumtaz, Vinod Khanna, Faryal, Jagdish Raj, Kamal Kapoor, Viju Khote. A penniless musician is unwittingly forced to trade places with a look-alike diamond merchant/thief causing a comedy of errors by everyone involved. 148 min. DVD 3436
Directed by B.R. Chopra. Mohan, who swears by high principles and despises courtesans, unknowingly brings a courtesan, Rupa, as his pretended wife to satisfy the last wish of his dying mother. The mother recovers and upon the discovery of Rupa's true identity -- who by then has reformed -- blesses their union. In Hindi without subtitles. 123 min. vhs 999:2937
Directed by Abrar Alvi. Cast: Meena Kumari, Guru Dutt, Waheeda Rehman, Rehman, Nasir Hussain. A neglected young wife within a landed aristocratic family seeks the assistance of an innocent youth to win back her husband from his many distractions. 180 min. DVD 4103
Directed by Satyajit Ray. Cast: Saumitra Cattopadhyaya, Ra~njita Mallika, Dipankara De, Haradhana Bandyopadhyaya, Mamatasankara, Lili Cakrabarti, Ajita Bandyopadhyaya, Pramoda Ganguli, Soham Cakrabarti.
Film portrays the shock and realization of an honest old man when he discovers that out of his three sons, the two healthy successful ones are corrupt and dishonest while the mentally challenged son epitomizes the upstanding values of his father. 120 min. DVD 7814
Directed by Mira Nair. Cast: Shafiq Syed, Hansa Vithal, Chandra Sharma, Aneeta Kanwar, Raghubir Yadav, Nana Patekar. Krisha, a ten year old boy, has been abandoned in Bombay by his mother. He tries to earn money to go home while he lives in the streets. 114 min. DVD 6917; vhs 999:136
Directed by Siddharth Raj Anand. Cast: Saif Ali Khan, Preity Zinta. Nick and Ambar have left their parent's houses in India to make a life on their own. Tells how they meet and how they tackle their own relationships and problems and overcome them themselves without their families' assistance. 152 min. DVD X1364
Directed by Mukul Anand. A complicated multigenerational saga of desert lords and bandits, with themes of vengeance, succession to the sultanate, rescue of abducted princesses and displays of choreographed traditional and modern warfare. Adventure, suspense, romance, song and dance sequences, are all included in this Bollywood thriller. 133 min. DVD 2586
Directed by Hrishikesh Mukherjee. When an Indian woman runs away to escape an arranged marriage, another woman takes her place at the wedding ceremony, without the knowledge of the groom, who has never seen his future bride. Hindi with subtitles in English. 129 min. vhs 999:2074
Directed by V. Damle and S. Fatelal. The film portrays the life of Dnyaneshwar, a poet saint of Maharashtra who advocated the doctrine of equality among men. He preached 'Bhagwat Geeta' in Marathi to be understood by the common man. 139 min. DVD X741
Directed by Govind Saraiya. Saraswati Chandra is an intelligent social worker who prefers to stay a bachelor but is engaged to Kumud for the sake of his father. Impressed with Kumud's letter he decides to meet her in person. They fall in love and begin to spend time together which upsets his stepmother. He leaves and Kumud is forced to marry Pramodh, a spoiled son of a rich deewan, but Kumud and Saraswati meet again at Pramodh's house. 148 min. DVD 3449
Directed by Madhur Bhandarkar. Cast: Raveena Tandon, Atul Kulkarni, Sameer Dharmadhikari, Govind Namdeo. Tells the story of one woman's fight to win her own identity in the midst of dirty politics in India. Anuradha, a middle class working girl, meets and marries Vivek, the son of a famous politician. When Vivek is imprisoned, his father requests that Anuradha run for political office in his place. She wins with a sweeping majority, but once elected realises that she is merely a puppet in the hands of senior politicians. 155 min. DVD 1618
An interview with the renowned Indian filmmaker Satyajit Ray. He discusses his childhood, the influence of Bengal renaissance, his interest in design and typography, his approach to political films and violence in cinema, his interest in period films and children's films, his response to Western films and critics and thoughts on life and death. 1983. 55 min. Video/C 5874
Satte Pe Satta (1981)
Directed by Raj N. Sippy. Cast: Amitabh Bachchan, Hema Malini, Shakti Kapoor, Sachin, Paintal, Ranjeet, Asha Sachdev, Prema Narayan, Kalpana Iyer, Amjad Khan. Ravi is the eldest of a wild clan of seven brothers who collectively run a farm. When he marries the nurse Indu her arrival leads to the disciplining of the entire family. The remaining brothers in turn fall for each of the six companions of the heiress Seema. In order to usurp her wealth, Seema's guardian hires the notorious Babu to kill her. The villains kidnap Ravi, allowing Babu to impersonate him in order to attempt to assassinate Seema. 155 min. DVD 3423
Chute, David. "The Big B (A. Bachchan)." Film Comment v. 41 no. 2 (March/April 2005) p. 50-2, 54-6
Mishra, V., et. al. "The Actor as parallel text in Bombay cinema." Quarterly Review of Film and Video v. 11 (October 1989) p. 49-67
Directed by Ram Gopal Varma. Cast: J.D. Chakravarthy, Urmila Matondkar, Manoj Bajpai, Saurabh Shukla, Paresh Rawal, Govind Namdeo. Satya arrives in Bombay looking for employment but ends up in jail where he is befriended by a gangster named Bheeku. On their release Bheeku provides him with lodgings and initiates him to a life of crime. Satya develops a fondness for Vidya, a young and attractive neighbor, and thinks of altering his seamy lifestyle to prevent any danger from affecting her, but this decision itself is fraught with peril. 171 min. DVD 1617
Directed & edited by Raj Kapoor. An engineer enthralled with a woman's beautiful singing, marries her and then discovers her face is marred by scars from a fire. He struggles to overcome his revulsion but they become separated. Floods threaten the dam in the town and the engineer searches for his wife and in finding her finally recognizes her inner beauty. Shot in rural areas of India, the movie is notable for its artistic excellence and music. 160 min. DVD 1983
Director, E. Nivas. A suspenceful crime drama about corruption and murky politics in India. An honest officer of the Indian Police Force is transferred to a small town in Bihar. His ordeal starts when he arrests the men of a powerful local politician who believes he is above the law. 135 min. DVD 2534
Director Amiya Chakrabarty. Tackles the unusual theme of a girl embittered by social injustice being reformed by a man with sympathetic understanding. In Hindi with English subtitles. 1983. 132 min. vhs 999:2070
Directed by James Ivory. The story of two lovers, Lizzie and Sanju, one from an obsolete English travelling theatre group, the other a rich young Indian playboy. Their sudden, electric, and brief affair provides the pivot for a story about the decline and fall of British power in modern India. 122 min. DVD 2563
Shaurya: : It Takes Courage to Make Right... Right (2008)
Director,Samar Khan. Cast: Rahul Bose, Jaaved Jaaferi, Minissha Lamba, Seema Biswas, Deepak Dobriyal. When Captain Javed Khan is charged with mutiny, treason and killing a fellow officer he refuses to speak in his own defense because he is guarding secrets too powerful for the establishment to handle. 149 min. DVD X5081
Directed by Ramesh Sippy. In this film, India's best-known "curry" western, two adventurous crooks are hired by ex-cop, Thakur, to hunt down the dreaded dacoit Gabbar Singh who massacred Thakur's family. A technically accomplished film, it uses spectacular cinematography, popular music and dialogues that became famous throughout the country. DVD 1429; vhs 999:1586
Chopra, Anupama. Sholay : the making of a classic New Delhi ; New York : Penguin Books India, 2000. (MAIN: PN1993.5.I8 C514 2000; MOFF: PN1993.5.I8 C514 2000)
Shree 420 (1955)
Directed by Raj Kapoor. An innocent young man comes to Bombay and meets with robbery and other set-backs, getting involved with gambling and fraud until he is threatened with arrest under Section 420 of the Penal Code. 160 min. DVD 1967; vhs 999:2398
Directed by Sabiha Sumar. It is 1979 and Pakistan is embracing nationalism through its Islamic identity. Widowed Ayesha lives in Charkhi, Punjab with her son Saleem, who joins a group of fundamentalists. When a group of Sikh pilgrims come to town, the family's faith comes into question. 95 min. DVD 4463
Directed by Danny Boyle; Loveleen Tandan. Cast: Dev Patel, Anil Kapoor, Saurabh Shakla, Raj Zutshi, Jeneva Talwar, Freida Pinto, Irrfan Khan. Jamal Malik is an 18 year-old orphan from the slums of Mumbai. With the whole nation watching, he is just one question away from winning a staggering 20 million rupees on India's version of "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?" When the show breaks for the night, police arrest him on suspicion of cheating. Desperate to prove his innocence, Jamal tells the story of his life in the slum where he and his brother grew up. He describes their adventures together on the road, of vicious encounters with local gangs, and of Latika, the girl he loved and lost. Every chapter of his story reveals the key to the answer to one of the game show's questions. Jamal's increasingly layered story reveals where he learned the answers to the show's seemingly impossible questions. When the new day dawns and Jamal returns to answer the final question, the Inspector and sixty million viewers watch to find out if he can answer the question of how anyone comes to know the things they know about life and love. Based on the novel: "Q & A" by Vikas Swarup. 120 min. DVD X1377
Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards - Best Picture
Golden Globe Awards - Best Picture; Best Director
National Board of Review, USA - Best Film
Directors Guild of America, USA - Outstanding Directorial Achievement
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards - Best Director
Sohni Mahiwal (1984)
Directed by Latif Faiziyev and Umesh Mehra. Izzat has dreamt of meeting a beautiful girl and in order to make his dream a reality travels to seek her out. He finds Sohni, the daughter of a poor pottery maker and they both fall in love. But Noor, from Sohni's village, has already decided to marry her, and creates a gigantic wall of misunderstandings and obstacles to prevent the two lovers from meeting. 152 min. DVD 3438
Directed by Sai Paranjpye. Cast: Naseeruddin Shah, Shabana Azmi, Sudha Chopra, Om Puri. Anirund Parma is the blind principal of a school for the blind, but he does not allow this handicap to get in his way. He falls in love with a social worker and plans to marry her, but begins to have reservations about the marriage as he feels that he is being pitied. DVD 3492
Directed by Satyajit Ray. Cast: Depankar De, Mamata Shankar, Bikram Bannerjee, Utpal Dutt, Dhritiman Chatterjee, Promode Ganguly, Ajit Bannerjee. A wise and witty world traveler returns to Calcutta after 35 years to visit his niece, who had only briefly known him as a child. She accepts the stranger's story, but her suspicious husband believes the long-lost uncle is an imposter who has come to claim an inheritance. 115 min. DVD 5036
Directed by Jabbar Patel. Sulabha decides to take charge of a women's rehabilitation center in a small Indian town. There she has to contend with the gross corruption and greed which further exploits and victimises the women in her care. The governors of the institution eventually make life so difficult for her that she has to resign. When she returns home, her husband informs her that he has taken a mistress. Sulabha leaves her home determined to make a life for herself. A national award winner for best film of the year. vhs 999:1587
Directed by Sturla Gunnarsson. Set in Bombay India in 1971, this is the story of Gustad Noble, a hard-working bank clerk and devoted family man, who gradually sees his modest life unraveling when he agrees to do a clandestine favor for an old friend and is soon drawn deeper and deeper into a dangerous network of deception. 113 min. DVD 749
Directed by H.S. Rawail. Cast: Dilip Kumar, Vyjayantimala, Balraj Sahni, Sanjeev Kumar. "Sunghursh" is set in the historical era of the previous century, when by law "Thuggee" had been abolished. But those who had lived by "Thuggee" tradition merely went underground. In the garb of holymen and sadhus they established "ashrams" and resthouses along highways and near places of public worship, and by luring innocent pilgrims and wayfarers, robbed, and plundered them. Bhawani Prasad is the "Thug" par excellence. Against the wishes of his wife, his son Shankar, and his dauther-in-law, Bhawani Prashad takes away his only grandson Kundan from childhood, and tries to rear him in his own traditions of hatred and violence. But the boy is a sensitive soul, and in his heart of hearts he rebels against a way of life which is basically devoid of love for humanity. 195 min. DVD 6289
Directed by Shyam Benegal. In this tribute to the "Ikat" handloom weavers of Pochampally, the story revolves around Ramulu, a master of silk weaving, his family and their tribulations with the co-operative they work in. The contrast between artisanal craftmanship and mass-production techniques is highlighted by Ramulu's son-in-law who moves away from the family and finds work in a textile factory. In Hindi-Urdu. 140 min. vhs 999:2682
Directed by Ashutosh Gowariker. Cast: Shahrukh Khan, Gayatri Joshi, Kishori Ballal. A bright young scientist working at NASA returns to rural India on a quest to find his childhood nanny. He is drawn into village life and finds himself searching for answers to questions of progress and development that the village faces. 195 min. DVD X1362
Directed by Basu Chatterjee. Saudamini, forced to marry the widower Ghanshyam and move into his large household, pines over the man she really loved and had to abandon. Although she resents the husband imposed on her by custom, she gradually discovers that Ghanshyam is a tolerant, wise and progressive man. In the end, she prefers to stay with Ghanshyam rather than to leave with her former suitor, and so the wisdom of "traditional" conventions is affirmed. Based on the novel by Saratchandra. In Hindi with English subtitles. 129 min. vhs 999:2680
Directed by Basu Bhattacharya. In this musical melodrama Hiraman, a simple bullock-cart driver, grows attached to Hirabai, a nautanki performer to whom he is giving a ride, but ultimately realizes she can never be his. Film is notable for its exquisite photography. 159 min. vhs 999:2471
Director, Vijay Anand. Sunita who goes to Mussoorie with her college hockey team, is also determined to avenge the death of her sister Rupa who apparently committed suicide when she was rejected by her lover Rocky. Rocky meets Sunita and, wise to her intentions, disguises his identity and the two fall in love. The story takes a twist when the police realize that Rupa was actually murdered ... but who is the killer? 164 min. DVD 1981
Directed by Abhishek Sharma. Cast: Ali Zafar, Pradhuman Singh Mall, Piyush Mishra, Nikhil Ratnaparkhi, Chirag Vohra, Sughanda Garg, Chinmay Mandlekar, Rajendra Sethi, Seema Bhargava, Barry John.
A tongue-in-cheek comedy about an ambitious young news reporter from Pakistan who is desperate to migrate to the US in pursuit of the American dream. His repeated attempts to immigrate are shot down as his visa is always rejected. But when things couldn't look worse he comes across an Osama bin Laden look alike. Ali then hatches a scheme to produce a fake Osama video and sell it to news channels as a breakthrough scoop. 97 min. DVD X6609
Directed by Santosh Sivan. Inspired by the events surrounding the assassination of Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Ghandi, the film focuses on the making of a suicide bomber marching toward the end of her life. Malli, a hardened, trained killer wins the coveted bomber position. However, the path to the assassination allows her to examine her own emotions for the first time. In meditation she reflects on a moment of true love that places her at a psychological divide as she contemplates her future. 95 min. DVD 1037; vhs 999:3209
Director, Esmayeel Shroff. Cast: Rajesh Khanna, Shabana Azmi, Maya Alag, Padmini Kolhapure, Shreeram Lagu. A popular musical film about a family in which the domineering husband admonishes his wife, "Remember that unhappiness in a husband's home is better than happiness in your material home." 141 min. DVD 2513
A Throw of Dice (Prapancha Pash) (UK / India / Germany, 1929)
Director, Franz Osten. Cast: Cast: Seeta Devi, Charu Roy, Himansu Rai, Sarada Gupta.
Inspired by the gambling episode in the ancient Hindu epic the Mahabharata, this rare classic of silent cinema tells of two kings who share a passion for reckless gambling, the perilous jungle tiger hunt, and the same woman. A throw of dice is the third film in a pioneering trilogy of silent films made through a unique partnership between German director Franz Osten and Indian actor-producer Himansu Rai. 141 min. DVD 2513
Director, Yash Chopra. A businessman's life is disrupted when his love child Vijay searches him out to avenge his deserted mother. But when Vijay enters his father's life he ends up falling in love with Geeta, his father's assistant. 155 min. DVD 1897
Directed by Aparna Sen. Tells the story of Violet, a middle-aged English schoolteacher living alone in India. The lonely instructor teaches English in a prestigious Calcutta school where she befriends a former student and her boyfriend who share happy times with her. But when her brother, who lives in a nursing home, dies and the student and her friend are married, Violet has no one left and must leave India to live with faraway relatives. 107 min. vhs 999:2467
Chatterji, Shoma A. Parama and other outsiders : the cinema of Aparna Sen Calcutta : Parumita Publications, 2002. (MAIN: PN1998.3.S398 C53 2002)
Two Daughters (Teen Kanya) (1961)
Directed by Satyajit Ray. Two stories expressing the hungers, pains and joys of youth in terms of compassionate understanding. The Postmaster, the first story, is about a young student who comes to a small village to be their postmaster. Upon arrival the young man finds he has inherited a mistreated 10 year old girl as a housekeeper. His simple kindness opens her heart. The second story, The Conclusion, starts with a young man defying his family's wishes to marry a carefree local girl. Revealing to him that she was forced into the marriage, his new wife leaves him but after reflection chooses to return. 114 min. vhs 999:904
Directed by Vikramaditya Motwane. Cast: Ronit Roy, Ram Kapoor, Rajat Barmecha, Majot Singh, Anand Tiwari.
After being abandoned for eight straight years in boarding school, 16-year old Rohan returns to the small industrial town of Jamshedpur and finds himself closeted with an authoritarian father and a younger half brother who he didn't even know existed. Forced to work in his father's steel factory and study engineering against his wishes, he tries to forge his own life out of his given circumstances and pursue his dream of being a writer. 138 min. DVD X6613
Directed by Muzaffar Ali. A costume and musical spectacular of the life of a courtesan, musician and dancer in 19th century Lucknow. Abducted as a child and sold in Lucknow, Umrao Jaan is trained in music and dance. She grows up to become immensely popular with the elite, falls in love with an aristocrat nawab, finds companionship with her childhood friend Gauhar Mirza, and finally escapes her claustrophobic life with the bandit Faiz Ali. 145 min. DVD 5829; vhs
Director, Hassan Tariq. Film based on Mirza Mohammad Hadi Ruswa's classic Urdu novel of the life of a courtesan in 19th century Lucknow. In Urdu. M-PAL format. 164 min. vhs 999:1619
Director, Girish Karnad. A lavish period film, based on two Sanskrit plays, describing political intrigue, the love between Carudatta and Vasantasena and Vatsyayana's writing of the Kamasutra. In Hindi-Urdu without subtitles. 145 min. vhs 999:2935
Directed by Rajnesh Domalpalli. Cast: Mamatha Bhukya, Urmila Dammannagari, Ramachandriah Marikanti.
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. 112 min. DVD 9924
Directed by Shaji Karun. This Indian feature draws upon the musical and dance traditions of the Keralan theater of Kathakali to tell the tragic story of the forbidden love between a man who is a Kathakali performer and a woman of a higher caste. 120. DVD 1282
Directed by Ashutosh Gowariker. Cast: Shahrukh Khan, Gayatri Joshi, Kishori Ballal. Squadron Leader Veer Pratap Singh is a rescue pilot with the Indian Air Force. One day, on duty, he comes across Zaara, a girl from Pakistan who is stranded in India. Veer saves her life... and his life is never the same again. Twenty-two years later, Saamiya Siddiqui, a Pakistani lawyer on her first case, finds herself face-to-face with an ageing Veer Pratap Singh. He has languished in a Pakistan jail cell for 22 years and has not spoken to anyone all these years - and no one knows why. Her mission is to discover the truth about Veer and see that justice is done. 192 min. DVD X1363
Directed by Yash Chopra. In this musical drama an earthquake separates the members of a wealthy family with three sons. The eldest son is picked up by an orphanage, the second was adopted by very rich parents and the youngest was left with his mother. Eventually the family is reunited, but not before the brothers appear in court in connection with the trial for murder of one brother, with the other brothers being the defense counsel and a witness for the prosecution. 191 min. DVD 1975
Directed by Deepa Mehta. Cast: Sarala, Lisa Ray, Seema Biswas, John Abraham, Manorma, Raghuvir Yadav, Kulbhushan Kharbanda, Waheeda Rehman, Raghuvir Yadav, Vinay Pathak. A Hindu widow in 1938 could throw herself on her husband's funeral pyre, marry her husband's younger brother or live in poverty and self-denial from then on. When eight-year-old Chuyia is widowed, she is sent to a home in the Holy City of Varanasi where Hindu widows live in penitence. Her feisty presence affects the other residents, forcing each to confront their faith and society's prejudices, especially a young woman who has fallen in love with a follower of Gandhi. 117 min. DVD 6449
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A Wednesday (2008)
Director, Neeraj Pandey. Cast: Anupam Kher, Naseeruddin Shah, Jimmy Shergill, Deepal Shaw, Aamir Bashir, Kali Prasad Mukherjee, Rajpal Yadav. On the verge of retiring as Commissioner of Police, Prakash Rathod, gets a telephone call from a man who informs him that he has placed several bombs all over Mumbai, and unless and until he arranges the release of four terrorists, the bombs will explode. It will be now up to Prakash and the state's Chief Minister to either meet the terrorist's demands or face the death of tens of thousands innocent civilians. 104 min. DVD X5081
Director, Shyam Benegal. Cast: Shreyas Talpade, Amrita Rao, Divya Dutta, Ravi Kishan, Rajeshwari Sachdev, Ila Arun, Yashpal Sharma. Mahadev is one of the few educated young men from Sajjanpur. His ambition is to be a novelist, but his ability to write persuasive letters makes him popular with the largely non-literate population of the town. He soon uses his talent to manipulate people with amusing and sometimes not so amusing results. 138 min. DVD X1833
Directed by Satyajit Ray. Cast: Soumitra Chatterjee, Sarmila Tagore, Alok Chakravarti, Swapan Mukherjee, Dhiresh Majumdar, Sefalika Devi, Dhiren Ghosh. The third part of a series known as the Apu trilogy, the chronicle of a Bengali family. Visiting the wedding of a friend's sister, Apu, a struggling writer from Calcutta, finds himself the bridegroom when the husband-to-be goes insane just before the ceremony. Aparna, Apu's wife, dies in childbirth and Apu is shattered. He refuses to see his son and wanders alone through the country. Five years later, he returns to his son. 105 min. DVD 2083; vhs 999:1477
Director, Krishna Mishra. Cast: Seema Parihar, Kanhaiya.
Based on the life of Seema Parihar, this film traces the journey of a village girl, from the circumstances of her abduction at 13 to her transformation into a bandit, whose very name, spelled terror in the minds of the people for over a decade. Banned in India, the film was finally released after a lengthy legal battle between the producers and the government. Special features include an Interview with Seema Parihar. 110 min. DVD X4014
Director, Nasir Husain. After their parents are murdered, three brothers are separated and brought up differently. The oldest becomes a gangster, the middle a well-mannered man, and the youngest a pop singer. The story revolves around the revenge of the parent's death and the reunion of the brothers, which can only be accomplished through a song they all knew as youngsters. 154 min. DVD 1893
Director, R. K. Nayyar. Courtroom drama based on the famous Nanavati murder case in Bombay. Anil, a fighter pilot, thinks that he has murdered Ashok in a scuffle, Ashok having seduced Anil's wife, Neena while he was away on duty. In the end, it is discovered that Ashok accidentally shot himself. Since Neena has remained alive only to see her husband freed, she gives up life in his arms at the end. In Hindi without subtitles. 113 min. vhs 999:2932
Director, Sudhir Mishra. Cast: Irrfan Khan, Chitrangada Singh, Arunoday Singh, Aditi Rao Hydari, Saurabh Shukla, Sushant Singh.
Two gangsters kidnap the son-in-law of a politician in order to blackmail him into releasing another member of their gang from prison. However, things don't go as planned and the politician's girlfriend, Priti, also gets kidnapped. Priti starts acting as a liaison between the quarreling men, but may end up endangering everybody.
123 min. DVD X4961 (NRLF)
Director, Mahesh Bhatt. Cast: Ajay Devgan, Sonali Bendre, Pooja Bhatt, Akshay Anand. Ajay, the son of a Muslim mother and Hindu father, finds himself caught in the communal and religious clash of the Babri Masjid riots in the early 1990's. Flashbacks to his past from the deathbed of his mother link his childhood to the present socio-political turmoil and his own role within that chaos. 124 min. DVD 3870
In Hindi with English subtitles.
Directed by K.H. Zahid. A film on the inconsistencies of the judicial system which punishes a peasant for the alleged cold-blooded murder of a smuggler. After serving his 14-year jail term, the peasant finds the smuggler alive and well and in a fit of rage kills him. This time around the peasant is acquitted at the trial. Film includes dance and musical sequences. In Panjabi. M-PAL format. vhs 999:1617
An Ambition Reduced to Ashes (Une ambition reduite en cendres) (1995)
Written and directed by H. M. Norodom Sihanouk [King of Cambodia]. Cast: Keo Kosal, Neary Rathkunthea, Mom Soth. In an allegory set in contemporary Cambodia, a young prince is told by his guru that he alone can save his country from the tragedies of the past twenty years. When the prince meets a beautiful young woman, the guru warns them both that marriage is impossible, but they defy him. 95 min. vhs 999:3283
Apostle of Non-Violence (Un Apotre de la non-violence) (1997)
Written and directed by H. M. Norodom Sihanouk [King of Cambodia]. Cast: Chhorn Torn, Saroeun Sophirom, Khai Prasith, Kong Sophy. A Buddhist monk preaches non-violence and forgiveness to rural villagers, Khmum-Chachak rebels, and National Army soldiers in the recent civil war. After the Khmum-Chachak destroy a village, the monk enlists the help of a government official, who sends troops to attack the rebels. The ensuing warfare causes many innocent civilians to be caught in the midst of brutal attacks by the warring Army and rebel forces. 52 min. vhs 999:3438
Buddha's Lotus (Lotus de Bouddha) (1999)
Director, Ieu Pannakar. A love story centering around a Khmer architect-engineer and his attachment and total dedication to Angkor. [Hann So Collection.] PAL format 28 min. vhs 999:3445
Heir of a Vanquished Secessionist (Heritier diun secessioniste vaincu) (1996)
Written and directed by H.M. Norodom Sihanouk. This film refers to an attempted secession which took place in Cambodia several centuries ago in which the Cambodian government ruthlessly quashed the uprising in order to preserve the unity of the kingdom. [Hann So Collection.] 27 min. vhs 999:3442
Husband and Woman in a Previous Life (Mari & femme dans une vie anterieure) (1998)
Directed by H.M. Norodom Sihanouk. A tale about a very beautiful and virtuous peasant woman who is faithful to her husband in her previous life. In her current life, she is a nun but after she dies she finds her beloved husband again. PAL format. [Hann So Collection.] 31 min. vhs 999:3443
I'll Wait (J'attendrai) (1998)
Directed by Ieu Pannakar, written by H.M. Norodom Sihanouk. Mealea nurses Prince Pongmoni until he dies. Although she is in mourning, Major Sophon hopes that some day Mealea will agree to marry him. He'll wait... [Hann So collection.] PAL format. 23 min. vhs 999:3444
I Shall Never See You Again, Oh, My Beloved Kamuchea! (Je ne te reverrai plus, o mon bien-aime Kampuchea!) (1991)
Written and directed by H. M. Norodom Sihanouk [King of Cambodia]. Cast: Pak Tchun Ok, Kim Myeung Moun, Kang Yeu Seun, Hwang Min, Tche Uun Seak. A story set in the middle of the 14th century about the King of Kampuchea (Cambodia), political relations with Amna and Khmer court intrigues which result in the death of his first wife who was from Amna and the loss of Cambodia. Donation courtesy of Hann So. PAL format tape. In Cambodian with French subtitles. 65 min. vhs 999:3437
Last days of Colonel Savath (Les derniers jours du Colonel Savath) (1995)
Directed and written by Norodom Sihanouk. In this drama about the fall of Phnom Penh in 1973, the Cambodian military abdicates its authority in a dangerous alliance with the Khmer Rouge against King Samdech Sihanouk. 34 min. vhs 999:3441
My Village at Sunset (Mon village au coucher du soleil) (1992)
Produced, directed and written by H.M. Norodom Sihanouk, King of Cambodia. The film is set against a background of ancient temples, rice fields and country villages, and scenes of city life in present-day Cambodia. It is the tale of a well-educated young doctor who returns to a rural province to work in a hospital for land-mine victims where he is caught up in a web of love, jealousy, betrayal and suicide. 63 min. vhs 999:3282
One Evening After the War (Un soir après la guerre)(France | Cambodia, 1998)
Director, Rithy Panh. Cast: Chan Chea Lyda, Rouen Narith, Keo Ratha, Peng Phan. August 1992. Savannah, 28 years old, finds himself back in Phnom Penh after four years on Cambodia's northern front, fighting the Khmer Rouge. Like the rest of his generation, he's known only war since infancy, camps, hunger and massacres. All he's got left now is his uncle, Sôn, as the rest of the family was entirely annihilated by Pol Pot's regime. One evening, at the dance bar where his war buddy Maly is working as bouncer, Savannah falls prey to the charm of the beautiful Srey Poeuv, one of the bar girls. Madly in love with Srey Poeuv, Savannah goes back to the ring and kick boxing. He tries to convince the young girl to give up her work as "companion" and to live a "normal life" with him. They make a pact, to try never again to sell their bodies, in any fashion. 110 min. DVD X4561
Peasants in Distress (Un Paysan et une paysanne en detresse) (1994)
Directed and written by H.M. Norodom Sihanouk, King of Cambodia. Cast: Keo Kalyane, Yethara Chhani, Khai Prasith. A story of love and civil war in contemporary Cambodia set in 1993 when UN troops joined government soldiers in their fight against rebel commandos. After a battalion of rebel soldiers receives food from a peasant brother and sister, its commander falls in love with the young peasant woman, but their happiness is tragically short-lived. 45 min. vhs 999:3439
Rice People (Les gens de la riziere) (1992)
Director, Rithy Panh. Cast: Peng Phan, Mom Soth, Chhim Naline, Va Simorn, Sophy Sodany. Set in a small village in modern Cambodia, centers on one family engaged in a life-or-death struggle to bring in a successful crop, following the death of the father and the mother's attempt to take over and run the family. Their problems caused by plagues of crabs and sparrows are compounded by the intense pressure just to survive which ultimately proves too much for the mother. Based on the book Ranjau Sepanjang Jalan by Shahnon Ahmad. 125 min. DVD X4389; vhs 999:3521 (SECAM format)
The Sea Wall (Un barrage contre le Pacifique)(France | Cambodia | Belgium, 2008)
Director, Rithy Panh. Cast: Isabelle Huppert, Gaspard Ulliel, Astrid Berges-Frisbey, Randal Douc, Duong Vanthon.
In Indochina in 1931, the matriarch of a small land-owning family tries to survive by working on rice fields located dangerously close to the ocean. Driven to fight against both nature and corrupt colonial bureaucrats, she devises an imaginative scheme to build a dam against the sea with the help of the villagers. Based on the novel Un barrage contre le pacifique by Marguerite Duras. 111 min. DVD X5607
Directed by H. M. Norodom Sihanouk [King of Cambodia]. This film tells the tragic story of a young author who is diagnosed with an incurable illness and wishes to return to Angkor to spend his final days. His rich but selfish wife refuses to accompany him and instead asks her young female cousin, a recent graduate of a medical school to care for him during his stay in Angkor. 81 min. vhs 999:3284
Snaker: Ghost Wife 2 (The Snake King's Child)(2001?)
Directed by Fai Sam Ang,
Based on a Cambodian folk tale, tells the story of Nhi who comes across a Snake Immortal and falls in love with him. She becomes pregnant and does not let her husband know, but when he discovers her secret he kills Nhi and the Snake Immortal. One of the small snakes from Nhi's abdomen escapes and is brought up by another Immortal. Day by day, the small snake grows up gradually and becomes a very beautiful lady. She comes across a man and develops another Snake-Man relationship ... 110 min. PAL format. DVD 2485
Directors, Norodom Sihanouk, Hang Thoun Hak. Cast: Norodom Sihanouk, Monique Sihanouk, Dy Saveth. Presents the story of a tragic love triangle between Prince Adit of Cambodia, Maharani of India and the prince's devoted Khmer nurse, Sopheap. The prince is spending the twilight of his life suffering from illness in the quietude of Angkor attended by his faithful nurse, but a visit from the widowed Maharani rekindles his interest in life. The nurse pines for him and when she knows his heart, commits suicide. The film also presents the deeper message that the monuments of Angkor are not copies of those of India, but are original to the Cambodian nation. PAL format tape. 75 min. vhs 999:3440
Indonesian Film and Television
The films listed below are largely in the Indonesian or Malay languages with subtitles. For attitional Indonesian/Malay titles without titlessee separate listing.
Ada apa dengan cinta? Parts 1-2 (2002)
Directed by Rudy Soedjarwo. A dramatization of the life and loves of Indonesian high school students centering around two students who dislike one another at first but eventually fall in love. In Indonesian. 112 min. DVD 1571
An Indonesian horror film in which a female-chief of a village who is black-magicked by her opponents takes her revenge. In Indonesian. Video/C 4456
Anak perawan di sarang penjamun (1962)
A film about the head of a gang of robbers who is reformed into a "good man" through the influence of the sweetness and kindness of their hostage. PAL format tape. In Indonesian. 131 min. vhs 999:3306
Asrama dara (1958)
A film about the lives and loves of a group of girls living in a ladies dormitory. PAL format tape. In Indonesian. 125 min. vhs 999:3307
Bajangan diwaktu fadjar (1962)
A film about a fight between brothers to gain their father's inheritance. PAL format tape. In Indonesian. 122 min. vhs 999:3316
Bila Hati Perempuan Menjerit
An Indonesian melodrama in which a woman fights for her rights. In Indonesian. Video/C 4455
An Indonesian drama based on the diary of a young woman who writes about her family's everyday life. In Indonesian. Video/C 4458
A dramatization based on a historical legend about a cockfight between the son of a king and a village boy. In Indonesian.
Cinta Yang Serakah
In Indonesian. PAL format. vhs 999:1654
The Convert (Muallaf) (Malaysia, 2008)
Directed by Yasmin Ahmad. Cast: Brian Yap, Tony Savarimuthu, Sharifah Amani Syed Zainal Rashid, Sharifah Aleysha Syed Zainal Rashi, Dato' Rahim Razali, Yeo Yanin Yann.
Two Malaysian sisters, Rohani and Rohana, run away from home to escape their wealthy father's mistreatment. They find refuge in a small town where they get to know Brian Goh, a young Catholic school teacher. Brian is irresistibly attracted to the two girls. Impressed by their extraordinary courage in the face of adversity, their relationship forces him to confront the ghosts of his own childhood. Director Yasmin Ahmad explores the possibilities of emotional survival traumatised by loved ones. Through the wanderings of three lost souls who band together and console one another, Muallaf celebrates friendship, forgiveness, and the coming to terms with the past. 80 min. DVD X3645
A film about an Indonesian revolutionary who falls in love with one of his Dutch prisoners on the march bythe Indonesian Siliwangi Division back from Yogyakarta to its old base in West Java. PAL format tape. In Indonesian. 128 min. vhs 999:3303
Dewi Angin-Angin Nyi Roro Kidul
A motion picture based on an Indonesian legend in which a sea goddess uses her magical powers to help people in need. In Indonesian. Video/C 4454
Di Balik Cinta Eva
An Indonesian melodrama in which domestic problems resulting from a divorce hinder a young woman from pursuing her love. In Indonesian. Video/C 4452
Djendral kantjil (1958)
A film about a boy in a small village who aspires to be a general who leads a troop of boys to catch a thief in their village. PAL format tape. In Indonesian. 75 min. vhs 999:3315
Enam djam di Djogja (1951)
A dramatization depicting the celebrated recapture of the town of Yogyakarta from Dutch forces in March 1949 by Indonesian youth of the resistance and members of the Indonesian Army. Although the town was held only for a few hours, it resulted in a UN resolution calling on the Dutch to leave. PAL format tape. In Indonesian. 116 min. vhs 999:3302
Goona-Goona: Authentic Melodrama of the Isle of Bali (1932)
Created by Andre Roosevelt and Armand Denis. Performer: Music, The Royal Balinese Gamelan Gong Orchestra of Belaloean; Balinese dances, The Legong Dancing Girls. A docu-drama filmed in Bali about a love triangle between a prince of Bali, a shop girl, and a laborer which ends in tragedy. Highlights includes authentic music and dance scenes for various festivals and weddings in Bali. 65 min. vhs 999:3522
Created by Yasmin Ahmad. Cast: Sharifah Amani Yahya, Adlin Aman Ramlie, Alan Yun, Ng Choo Seong.
Gubra [Anxiety] tells a story of love and forgiveness, its possibilities and the hopes it brings. Essentially there are two stories which parallel each other, the first is the continuation of Orked's (Sepet's protagonist) life while the second tells the story of a muezzin; Pak Bilal Li and his efforts to assist two prostitutes in finding redemption for themselves and their families. 140 min. DVD X3643
Harimau Tjampa (The Tiger from Tjampa) (In Indonesian and Minangkabau, 1952)
Director D. Djayakusuma. Set in the 1930s in villages in West Sumatra (the region of the matrilineal Minangkabau people) and narrated like a ballad from the past, this film tells of a young man, Lukman, seeking to avenge his father's murder. Lukman learns pencak silat, a traditional form of self-defense, regionally specific to West Sumatra, based on the movements of animals. The film explores the practices and philosophical basis of pencak silat and its relation to Islamic values. The revenge story is infused with other aspects of West Sumatran culture - intense community spirit, maxims and proverbs of the oral culture in the dialogue and the music and dance of the region. In Indonesian and Minangkabau; no subtitles. PAL format. 87 min. vhs 999:3289
Writer/director, Teguh Karya. Set in contemporary Jakarta, Ibunda (Mother) interweaves two separate problems a widow is facing with her family. Youngest daughter, Fitri, and her boyfriend, Luke, are ostracised by elder daughter, Ida, and her nouveau riche Javanese businessman husband, Gatot, because Luke is Irian Jayan and not Javanese. At the same time elder son, Fikar, has left his wife and child and is living with an actress. The film traces the mother's psychological and moral relations to her still immature family-- she is the point where problems intersect or where problems are expected to be solved. In Indonesian with English subtitles. 99 min. vhs 999:3585
Film concerns the reunion between a long lost child and his parents in Indonesia. Cast: Kiki Fatmalia, Hudi Prayoga, Turini Juneidi, Dedi Rizaldi. In Indonesian. PAL format. 120 min. Video/C 4445
Director, Sophan Sophiaan. During WWII, Kadarwati, a young idealistic Javanese woman decides to take advantage of an educational scheme offered by the occupying Japanese administration in Java to go to Singapore to study medicine so that she can help her fellow countrymen. Once there she is taken to Malaya, where she is trained to become a "housekeeper" for the Japanese occupying forces ... but "housekeeper" soon proves to be an euphemism for comfort woman. 111 min. vhs 999:3580
Lagi-lagi krisis (1955)
A comedy about the lives of a fake psychic, a film producer, an actress, a member of parliament and a government employee and their problems. PAL format tape. In Indonesian. 114 min. vhs 999:3309
Legong: Dance of the Virgins: a Story of the South Seas (1930, silent)
Directed by Henri de la Falaise. Filmed on location on the island of Bali and featuring an all-native cast, this dramatization is based on facts and authentic custom. It tells the story of the romantic relationship between Poulou, a chaste maiden and sacred dancer of the temple, and Nyong, a carefree youth. 50 min. vhs 999:3476
A hero of the Indonesian revolution returns to civilian life to find that corruption has tainted the new society and ideals he fought for. When he tries to get in touch with his former comrades from his army days he discovers his frend Puja has become a pimp and a former superior Gunawan has become a shady business contractor. PAL format tape. In Indonesian. 102 min. vhs 999:3304
A melodrama concerning a young lady in Indonesia who struggles for her freedom and independence. In Indonesian. Video/C 4447
A comic motion picture in which a young lady tries to pursue a career as a stewardess. In Indonesian. Video/C 4449
An Indonesian drama about a mother who over-controls her children. In Indonesian. Video/C 4448
Monday Morning Glory (Lampu merah mati) (Malaysia, 2005)
Director, Woo Ming Jin. Cast: Patrick Teoh, Azman Hassan, Azman Ismail
Set in a small town in southeast Asia, the film takes place a week after a bombing at a night club, which claims 199 lives. Having captured the core members of a cell group he thinks is responsible for the bombing, the local police chief invites a select group of journalists to witness a 'reenactment' of the events leading up to the attack. Already facing immense pressure from his higher-ups and also the press, the chief hopes on this Monday morning to vindicate himself and reveal the truth behind this act of terrorism. 87 min. DVD X3572
Created by Yasmin Ahmad. Cast: Sharifah Amani Yahya, Adlin Aman Ramlie, Alan Yun, Ng Choo Seong.
Gubra [Anxiety] tells a story of love and forgiveness, its possibilities and the hopes it brings. Essentially there are two stories which parallel each other, the first is the continuation of Orked's (Sepet's protagonist) life while the second tells the story of a muezzin; Pak Bilal Li and his efforts to assist two prostitutes in finding redemption for themselves and their families. 140 min. DVD X3643
Director, Teguh Karya. A drama focusing on Javanese villagers during the Java war (1825-1830), a war which partly arose from internal intrigue in the Yogyakarta court, but also as a central Javanese reaction to attempts by the Dutch to impose upon the Javanese a modern colonial bureaucratic state, built around tax collection. This war is regarded by historians as one of the most important attempts to resist the
imposition of Dutch colonialism in Java. 139 min. vhs 999:3587
Obama anak Menteng: sebuah inspirasi untuk anak-anak Indonesia(Indonesia, 2010)
Directed by John de Rantau and Damien Dematra. Cast: Hasan Faruq Ali, Eko Noah, Cara Lachelle, Teuku Zacky, Monica Sayangbati, Yehuda Rumbindi, Arswendi Nasution, Ria Probo.
When Barry Obama was nine years old, he moved to Menteng. As a new kid on the block he encountered difficulties adjusting to the environment. He made friends with Slamet, Yuniardi, and Turdi, his family servant. Barry often played table tennis, soccer, and marbles which made him accepted in Slamet and Yuniardi. Barry and Turdi were often seen together and were mocked by the neighbors. His four years in Menteng gave him a lot of experience, until he moved to Hawaii. 116 min. DVD X6072
Directed by Garin Nugroho. A musical about Setyo and Sita who live a peaceful life selling earthenware in their village. When Setyo is called away, Ludiro seduces Sita and the resulting passionate love triangle leads inexorably to conflict, violence and death. Based on the "Abduction of Sita" from the Hindu epic "Ramayana." 116 min. DVD X1460
A film about life behind prison bars during the Indonesian revolution. PAL format tape. 118 min. vhs 999:3317
The story of an Indonesian freedom fighter who falls in love with a girl from a middle-class family who is cynical towards the struggle to maintain independence against the Dutch attempt to re-colonize. PAL format tape. In Indonesian. 152 min. vhs 999:3300
A fast action film in which an American spy helps Indonesian officials stop labor smugglers. In Indonesian.
90 min. Video/C 4450
Para perintis kemerdekaan (Pioneers of Freedom) (1980)
Director, Asrul Sani. This theatrical film traces the gradual radicalization of a young woman, Halimah, in West Sumatra in the 1920s addressing issues of religious reform and women's rights in connection with anti-colonialism and social revolution. Filmed on location among the Minangkabau people who are adherents of Islam but with strong matrilineal customs and inheritance laws. PAL format. 127 min. vhs 999:3292
The Photograph (Indonesia | France | Netherlands | Sweden | Switzerland, 2007)
Directed by Nan Achnas. Cast: Lim Kay Tong, Shanty, Lukman Sardi, Indy Barends.
Sita is a spirited young woman working to support her family as a singer and prostitute in a local brothel. Always short of funds and bullied by her pimp, she convinces an elderly portrait photographer, Mr. Johan, to rent her a room. The unlikely bond that develops between Sita and Mr. Johan is the basis of this poignant human drama about the profound effect one life can have on another. 97 min. DVD X6055
Writer/director, Sjumandjayha. Presents a dramatization of the life and work of the Javanese women's emancipationist and educator, Princess Raden Adjeng Kartini, who founded schools for women in North Central Java at the end of the nineteenth century. 165 min. vhs 999:3581
Set in the 17th century kingdom of Mataram in Central Java, this film is based on a legend that has been reworked many times in traditional performances, songs and narratives, and more recently has appeared in Ketoprak popular drama, and in novel form. In the film the old legend intertwines a story of passion and love, with subtle references to cultural contradictions in Indonesia. The armies ofthe king of Mataram have suppressed the rebels in the North coast of Java. But one coastal woman, RoroMendut, refuses to surrender to her aristocratic captor, who leads the army. When she and her lover die in their attempt to escape captivity, the question remains: Are weapons and force an adequate means ofconquering the spirit of resistance? In Indonesian with English subtitles. 1983. 102 min.
An action packed Indonesian film in which a group of women challenge Tibetan martial arts masters. In Indonesian. Video/C 4457
Secangkir kopi pahit (Bitter Coffee)(1985)
Writer/director, Teguh Karya. he film opens on the shores of Lake Toba in North Sumatra, as a Batak family celebrates the departure of their son who is going to the big city to be educated and to work. Telling the story of young man from a rural area, the film raises the problems of population drift to the cities in developing countries, and the pressures endured by those who try their fortunes in this way, particularly those who still retain some idealism. In Indonesian with English subtitles. vhs 999:3586
Short Films, Videos and animation Works by Gotot Prakosa.
Contents: Meta meta (3 min.) -- Impulse (2 min.) -- Dialogue (3 min.) -- Jalur (11 min.) -- Non KB (2 min.) -- Koen faya koen (3 min.) -- Meta ekologi (15 min.) -- Genesis Genesis (11 min.) -- A=absolute, z=Zen (14 min.) -- Vancouver-Borobodur (20 min.) -- Wahyoe and his works (20 min.).
Presents nine short films - originally produced on 16mm film, some of them animations - and two short videos, all by Gotot Prakosa, Indonesia's leading experimental short filmmaker. Most of the collection here is work done between 1974 and 1987 at the time he was a student and young teacher in the Faculty of Cinematography at the Jakarta Institute of the Arts. Originally produced as motion pictures between 1974 and 1987. vhs 999:3583
Suami Istri dan Kekasih
A melodrama concerning a mysterious woman who chased after and black-magicked a happily married man. In Indonesian. Video/C 4446
Suryakanta Kala: Onah dan Impiannya
Performer: Para Pelaku, Shanty Leksono, Ratna Riantiarno. In this Indonesian television play designed to educate Indonesians about AIDS, a young pregnant Indonesian women discovers that she is HIV positive. Indonesian dialogue with English subtitles and voiceovers. 99 min. vhs 999:1614
Tamu agung (1955)
An impending visit from a VIP causes chaos and confusion in the small, isolated village of Sukaslamet. Things take a hilarious turn when a peddlar of quack herbal medicine is mistaken for the exalted guest and is accorded a ceremonial welcome in the most elaborateJavanese style. PAL format tape. In Indonesian. 97 min. vhs 999:3301
Tiga buronan (1957)
A film about three bandits who harrass the citizens of a quiet Islamic village. Presented with a mild and easy wit, the film is presented in the humour and style of "Lenong Betawi." PAL format tape. 107 min. vhs 999:3305
Tiga dara (1956)
A musical film about three sisters who are in love, their father's confusion trying to raise them and their grandmother's ambition to find a soulmate for her first granddaughter. PAL format tape. In Indonesian. 116 min. vhs 999:3308
Tjambuk api (1958)
A film about peasants opposing an oppressive and exploitative village head. The film utilizes an East Javanese tradition of staging ceremonial whip fights as a major motif. PAL format tape. 123 min. vhs 999:3318
The Beautiful Washing Machine (Mei li de xi yi ji)(Maylasia, 2004)
Directed by James Lee. Cast: Loh Bok Lai, Yuhang Ho, Teoh Kah Yang, Berg Lee, Len Siew Mee.
A bachelor discovers that his washing machine has a personality, and after using it to his advantage he sells it to another family that also exploits it. 113 min. DVD 9331
Directed by Bernard Chauly. Cast: Nur Fazura Sharifuddin, Ashraf Sinclair, Sazzy Falak, Mohd Pierre Andr, Rafidah Abdullah, Sharifah Amani, Melissa Maureen Rizal.
In this Malaysian romantic comedy the story revolves around Putri, a girl who is determined to win back her futsal-crazy ex-boyfriend, Eddy from the local futsal queen, Sasha. Putri forms her own futsal team and goes on to prove how sheer determination can overcome all shortcomings. 104 min. DVD 9259
Directed by Yasmin Ahmad. Cast: A. Rajoli, Irwan Iskandar, Kartina Aziz, Noor Khiriah, Hafiz Ibrahim. An elderly Mayalan couple move out of the city to a village, but this exuberant and affectionate pair find that life in the countryside isn't all that pleasant after all, forcing them to reassess their perceptions of both the country, and the city. 90 min. vhs 999:3622
Directed by Cast: Nur Fazura Sharifuddin, Jehan Miskin, Radhi Khalid, Umi Aida.
A story about humanity, sacrifice and hope in limbo. The land of Afghanistan that has never seen peace has brought together two different souls; Laila, a volunteer from Malaysia and Qaisy, a young Afghan man who works in a Malaysian relief centre. In this land of short dreams, these two different cultures will collide, painting a canvas for hope. 51 min. DVD 8539
Directed by Yuhang Ho. Cast: Loh Bok Lai, Chua Thien See, Chin Leong Fatt.
A Malaysian drama about three estranged people. Lai is a perpetual gambler who whiles away his days at a pool hall. See's days are monotonously spent at a photocopy center with its endless duplication. The Old Man has found peace and comfort taking care of a sick partner in his old age home. See would like to mend a rift created long ago between her and the Old Man, and Lai consistently refuses See's requests to put an end to his betting. Can these three people find a place where they can reconnect? 80 min. DVD 9260
Directed by Crisaldo Pablo. Cast: Andoy Ranay, Paulo Gabriel, Raye Pumaloy, Jojo Nones, Larry Burns. Starring primarily nonprofessional actors and shot with a Sony VX camera, this is the first full length digital film produced in the Philippines. The story deals with the life of Chris, a young gay may who tries to settle down with one partner after a promiscuous sex life, but Chris' rather ironic jealousy and suspicions take a heavy toll on his life. 112 min. DVD 4357
Director, Joel Lamangan. Cast: Nora Aunor, Amy Austria, Rita Avila, Anthony Cortes, Julio Diaz, Kristine Garcia, Jacklyn Jose, Ian de Leon, Tony Mabesa, Vina Morales, Allan Paule, Jim Pebanco, Frank Rivera, Jessica Rodriguez, Caridad Sanchez, Gloria Sevilla, Bob Soler, Charito Solis, Ali Sotto, Rolando Tinio, Ronaldo Valdez, and Joel and Jonjon Contemplacion (as themselves). The tragic, yet true story of a Flor Contemplacion, a Filipina domestic helper who was accused of murder in Singapore. Whether guilty or not, her case generated a public outcry regarding the current realities facing ordinary Overseas Contract Workers -- victims of injustice in nations like Singapore and the United Arab Emirates. 114 min. DVD 1767
Director, Lino Brocka. Cast: Jacklyn Jose, Daniel Fernando, Princess Punzalan, Alan Paule. Abandoned by his American lover, a handsome filipino teenager from the mountains journeys to Manila in an effort to support his family. With a popular call boy as his mentor, Paul enters the glittering world of the "macho dancer" -- a world of male strippers, prostitution, drugs, sexual slavery, police corruption and murder. 136 min. DVD X1066; vhs 999:3520
Director: Gil M. Portes. Cast: Alessandra de Rossi, Dexter Doria, Gina Alajar, Amy Austria, Bryan Homecillo, Pierro rodriguez, Irma Adlawan.
Based on the teaching experience of the filmmakers niece during the 1980s, tells the story of an idealistic young woman who takes a teaching position at a small rural school in the Philippine province of Malawig. With a corrupt government and scarce economic opportunities, the townsfolk struggle to survive. While many of the adults choose to join the guerilla military force, the children are made to work on family farms rather than receive an education. Against many of the parents' wishes, Melinda enters her class in a singing competition. Their songs awaken in everyone a small flame of hope and willingness to fight against darkness, poverty, death, and despair. 109 min.
Director: Mel Chionglo. Cast: Alex Del Rosario, Gandong Cervantes, Lawrence David, Luis Cortes, Richard Cassity, Danny Ramos, John Mendoza, Leonard Manalansan. Banned in its native Philippines, explores the complicated lives of three brothers all working as exotic dancers and prostitutes in a Manila gay club. 118 min.
That's the Way I Like It (Forever Fever) (Singapore, 1998)
Director, Glen Goei. This irresistibly sexy comedy set to a hot soundtrack of '70s dance hits, presents a decidedly offbeat look at disco culture as it hits Singapore. Hock, an ordinary underachiever, discovers disco when his favorite kung fu movie is replaced by a low-budget "Saturday Night Fever." 92 min. DVD X3448
Directed by Eric Khoo. Cast: Theresa Chan, Ezanne Lee, Samantha Tan, Seet Keng Yew, Chiew Sung Ching, Lawrence Yong, Lynn Poh. A tapestry of stories woven around the themes of love, hope and destiny. The characters lead separate lives but are bound by one common desire - to be with their loved one. The protagonists in the movie are fictitious bar one - Theresa Chan, a courageous deaf and blind woman whose life story inspired the film. 93 min. DVD 6135
Director, Kelvin Tong. Cast: Alessandra De Rossi, Chen Shu Cheng, Hong Hui Fang, Benny Soh, Nur Awal, "Liyah Ja" Afar, Guan Zhen Wei, Mohd Haizad, Bin Imram.
Rosa Dimaano arrives in the cosmopolitan city state of Singapore to work as a maid. Unknown to Rosa, she arrives on the eve of the Seventh Month when Hell's gates open and the dead walk the earth. Her hell is about to begin. 89 min. DVD X3974
Glen Goei. Cast: Adrian Pang, Medaline Tan, Anna Bell Francis, Pierre Png, Steven Lim, Kumar. Disco hits Singapore. Hock, an ordinary underachiever, discovers disco when his favorite kung fu movie is replaced by a low-budget "Saturday night fever." 92 min. DVD X3448
Directed by Ekachai Uekrongtham. Cast: Lalita Panyopas, Tasanawalai Ongartitichai, Black Phomtong, Sritao, Arun Wannardbodeewong.
Shortly after losing her job, Tum finds a mysterious noodle box full of money on her doorstep. The clever beauty attempts to hold onto the loot and soon finds herself at the center of a thrilling, high stakes caper between Thai boxing gangsters, corrupt executives and the bungling authorities. 118 min. DVD X5976
Directed by Ekachai Uekrongtham. Cast: Asanee Suwan, Sorapong Chatree, Orn-anong Panyawong, Kyoko Inoue, Sitiporn Niyom. Based on the true story of Thailand's famed transvestite kickboxer, this action drama punches straight into the heart and mind of a boy who fights like a man so he can become a woman. Believing he's a girl trapped in a boy's body since childhood, Parinya Charoenphol (affectionately known as Nong Toom in Thailand) sets out to master the most masculine and lethal sport of Muay Thai (Thai boxing) to earn a living and to achieve his ultimate goal of a sex-change operation. Funny and packed with breathtaking Thai kickboxing sequences, the film traces Nong Toom's childhood, teenage life as a traveling monk, and grueling days in boxing camps. 118 min. DVD 1948
Directed by Apichatpong Weerasethakul. Cast: Kanokporn Tongaram, Min Oo, Jenjira Jansuda.
The story of illegal Burmese immigrants and a love affair that begins during a picnic on the Thai-Burmese border. 125 min. DVD 7547
Directed by Euthana Mukdasanit. Cast: Suriya Yaovasong, Vasana Pholylem, Suchow Phongvilai.
Based on a widely admired Thai novel, Butterfly and Flowers dramatises the lives of young village teenagers making a transition from the protective environment of their school playground, with its fostered ideals and supportive teachers, to the challenges posed by finding employment in a largely undeveloped rural community. 120 min. vhs 999:3812
Directed by Nonzee Nimibutr. Cast: Suwinit Panjamawat, Santisuk Promisiri, Eakarat Sarasukh, Christy Chung, Wipawee Charoenpura. Jan's mother dies while giving birth to him. At the age of 17, Jan's father brings his lover into the household, and Jan and his stepmother became lovers. Based on the novel "The story of Jan Dara" by Utsana Pleungtham. 108 min. DVD X1400
The Dumb Die Fast, the Smart Die Slow! (Ka lok na ban dia cha, ka lok na dai korn) (1991)
Directed by Manop Udomdej. Salak and Tuang are two mechanics in Thailand who are tired of eking out a living and decide to rob the house of one of the richest men in town. While breaking into the house, Tuang kills the owner and escapes, while Salak is caught but subsequently escapes. In a small town Boonpreng offers Salak a ride and then a job at his gas station. All goes well until Boonpreng's wife discovers Salak's past and blackmails him into breaking into her husband's safe to steal his money. Then Tuang's car breaks down at the gas station where he discovers Salak and works his way into the already tense situation. 110 min. vhs 999:2210
Director, Nonzee Nimibutr. Set in Thailand in the 1860's, this film is based on the legendary true story of Nak, a very devoted wife. It is believed that her loyalty could not be stopped by her death. Her spirit was drifting and waiting for her husband to be with her. 101 min. DVD 1700
Directed by Sananjit Bangsapan. Cast: Chatchai Plengpanit, Saranyoo Wongkrachang, Suntisuk Promsiri, Bongkot Khongmalai, Pitisak Yaowanont.
Tanthai has become the Thai underworld's secret weapon: a remorseless contract killer able to dispatch any target provided his price is met. But a when a politician hires him to kill a drug kingpin, Tanthai finds himself the target. 95 min. DVD 7472
Directed by Youngyooth Thongkonthun. Cast: Jessadaporn Pholdee, Sahapap Virakamin, Eckachai Buranapanit, Giorgio Maiocchi, Chaicharn Nimpoonsawas, Gokgorn Benjathikul, Siridhana Hongsopon.
The true story of a Thai male volleyball team that competes in the national championships in 1996 with a team consisting mostly of gays, transsexuals, and transvestites. Explores issues that arise, but the team gradually melds into an impressive unit, emerging triumphant in match after match.
104 min. DVD 9253
Last Life in the Universe (Ruang rak noi nid mahasan) (2003)
Directed by Pen-ek Ratanaruang. Cast: Asano Tadanobu, Sinitta Boonyasak, Laila Boonyasak, Takeuchi Riki, Matsushige Yutaka, Miike Takashi. Kenji is a mysterious, obsessive-compulsive, suicidal Japanese man living in Bangkok, Thailand who gets thrown together with Noi, a Thai woman, through a tragic chain of events. Noi is everything Kenji is not. He is a neat freak who keeps his dishes washed and his books neatly stacked and organized. She dresses like a slob, smokes pot and never picks up after herself. It's a match that somehow seems to work. Slowly, as Noi begins to seduce Kenji back to life, more is revealed about him and why he's suicidal and living in Bangkok. Non-US format DVD (PAL). 108 min. DVD 5892
Mekhong Full Moon Party (Sipha kham duan sipet) (2002)
Directed by Jira Maligool. Cast: Nopphadon Duangphon, Anuchit Saphanphong, Thidarat Charnchaichana, Bunchai Chailim. Every year, at November's full moon, more than 100,000 people gather at the Mekhong River in Northeast Thailand to watch mysterious fireballs rise up from the river and disappear into the sky. The locals still believe the traditional myth of the dragon, Great Naga, making a sacred offering to Buddha, while the Western visitors are more skeptical. Dr. Norati sets out to prove that the fireballs are a natural occurence; Dr. Surapol wants to prove the phenomenon a hoax. Meanwhile, temple-custodian Abbot Loh believes his monks have been responsible for the miracle for the past 30 years. PAL format DVD. 120 min. DVD 6149
Directed by Cherd Songsri. Cast: Jintara Sukaphat and Santisuk Promsiri.
Based on a true story, this film celebrates an early case of a struggle for women's rights in Thailand that resulted in a decree promulgated by King Mongkut (Rama IV) in December 1865. Tells the story of Amdaeng Muen, a Thai peasant woman who rejects an arranged marriage and flees her village. She is supported in her efforts to find freedom by a young Buddhist monk who has subsequently taught her to read and write. Under Thai law at the time, parents had the right to give away or sell their children. Muen eventually brings her case for judgement before the King. 125 min. vhs 999:3801
Directed by Joel Lamangan. Cast: Maricel Soriano, Kris Aquino, Ara Mina, Eddie Garcia, Richard Gomez, Jay Manalo, Tirso Cruz III, Amy Austria, Gina Alajar, Boots Anson-Roa, Maxene Magalona, Allan Paule, Jim Pebanco, Richard Quan, Carlo Maceda, Nanding Joseff, Menggie C., Tony Mabesa, Jenine Desiderio, Elizabeth Ty Choa, Samuel Tan.
A compelling tale of a Chinese-Filipino family's search for identity and place in Philippine history. Told in the context of their struggles amid harsh contemporary realities and their ties that bind them to a land that has been good to them despite the life-threatening circumstances that have now begun to hover over their lives. 116 min. DVD 9612
Directed by Erik Matti. Cast: Susan Roces, Christopher de Leon, Lorna Tolentino, Zsazsa Padilla, Kris Aquino, Judy Ann Santos. The recent death of a Chinese businessman has left his three families vying for the spoils. A compelling tale of their search for reconciliation, forgiveness, healing, and love. 130 min. DVD 9613
A film by Apichatpong Weerasekathul. Drawing on the Surrealist technique known as Exquisite Corpse, the filmmaker interviews people throughout Thailand, asking them to contribute to the film's evolving story without their knowing what has come before. The film in black & white blends the interviews with the fictional story that the interviewees are telling. Apichatpong Weerasekathul is one of the most acclaimed young directors that have emerged from Thailand's dynamic film scene in recent years. 2000. 85 min. DVD 1880
Directed by Itthisoontorn Vichailak. Cast: Anuchit Saphanphong, Adul Dulyarat, Sumeth Ong-Ard, Phoovarit Phumpuang, Arratee Tanmahapran. Based on the life of Luang Pradit Pairoh (Sorn Silapabanleng) the most revered traditional Thai music master who lived during the reigns of Kings Rama V to VIII. The movie traces the life of Sorn, who picked up the ra-nad ek (Thai xylophone) mallets as a small child and played all his life. The backdrop to Sorn's life tale is the story of Thailand's classical music from its golden age during the reign of King Rama V to near extinction after the end of the absolute monarchy when the government banned it as uncivilised in the 1930s. The film shifts back and forth from the time when Sorn was a young man, playing in a xylophone duel with the intense Kun In, to the 1940s, when Thailand was under Japanese occupation and Sorn's playing would provide some inspiration to the oppressed citizenry of the time. 104 min. DVD 5989
Directed by Prachya Pinkaew. Cast: Tony Jaa, Mum Jokmok, Pumwaree Yodkamol, Suchoa Pongwilai, Chetwut Wacharakun.
When the head of his village's sacred Buddha statue is stolen, simple country boy Ting (Tony Jaa) is sent to Bangkok to retrieve it. He is trained in Muay Thai, but vowed never to use it. Once he arrives in the big city, however, he is forced to fight. 105 min. DVD 7471
Directed by Smith Timsawat. Cast: Pete Thongchua, Metinee Kingpayom, Mike Kingpayom, Charlene Amatavanich, Jeremy Thania. Pat becomes attached to the gangsta life when he meets Goldie, leader of a local gang. He finds himself living in a world of fast cars, drugs, sex and violence. Pat and Goldie become rivals as they compete for territory, money, and power. 120 min. DVD 7187
Directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali. Cast: Ranbir Kapoor, Sonam Kapoor, Salman Khan, Rani Mukherjee.
Destiny weaves its magical spell when a shy musician's chance encounter leads to four unforgettable nights filled with music, passion and romance. Based on "White nights" by Fyodor Dostoevsky. 138 min. DVD 9863
Directed by Chatri Chalerm Yukol. Cast: Sorapong Chatri, Chat-Chai Prengpanij, Siricoup Methani, Nopphon Komarachun, Wichuda Mongkolketh, Wanee Premrhuthai, Paveena Sarifeskul.
Since Great Britain granted Burma independence after the World War II, there have been conflicts between ethnic minority groups and the Burmese government. This story is about a fight between The Karen Rational Liberation Army (KRLA), and the Burmese government along the banks of the Salween River on the Burma-Thai border. 129 min. DVD X4618
Directed by Brillante Mendoza. Cast: Gina Pareno, Julio Diaz, Dan Alvaro, Coco Martin, Roxanne Jordan, Kristofer King, Mercedes Cabral, Jaclyn Jose.
The Pineda family operates and lives in a run-down adult movie house. Preoccupied with their own personal demons, the family is unmindful that inside their movie theater, their customers are engaging in another kind of business. The film captures the sordid, fetid atmosphere, interweaving various family subplots with the comings and goings of customers and thieves. 86 min. DVD X5669
Directed by Euthana Mukdasanit. During the Japanese occupation of Thailand in World War II, Kobori, a Japanese navy captain, is stationed at a shipbuilding yard in Thonburi, Thailand, where he meets and falls in love with Ungsumalin, a Thai woman who is engaged to a Thai man, a member of the Free Thai movement. The situation intensifies when it is decided that Ungsumalin is to marry Kobori to help protect her father, who is suspected of being a member of the underground Free Thai movement. Soon after the marriage, Ungsumalin receives a letter from her former Thai suitor who has been in England, asking her when they will marry. 81 min. vhs 999:2133
Directed by Chatrichalerm Yukol. A historically based movie set in 16th century Thailand over the course of 57 years (1491-1548), presenting the political history of the Kingdom of Ayutthaya, culminating in the story of Queen Phra Suriyothai, who rode into battle against the Burmese invasion to protect her husband at the Battle of Hantawaddy in 1548. 190 min. DVD 1877
Directed by Apichatpong Weerasethakul. Cast: Sakda Kaewbuadee, Banlop Lomnoi, Sirivech Jareonchon.
Times are happy and love is uncomplicated for young Thai soldier Keng and country boy Tong. Pleasant evenings with Tong's family, song-filled nights in town. Then life is disrupted by a disappearance. And some kind of wild beast has been slaughtering cows. Local legends say a human can somehow be transformed into another creature. The soldier goes alone into the heart of the jungle in search of Tong. 118 min. DVD 7546
Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (Loong Boonmee raleuk chat)
(Thailand | UK | France | Germany | Spain | Netherlands, 2010)
Directed by Apichatpong Weerasethakul. Cast: Thanapat Saisaymar, Jenjira Pongpas, Sakda Kaewbuadee.
A unique tale of a man embracing life's greatest mystery. Choosing to spend his final days surrounded by his loved ones in the countryside, Boonmee is visited by his dead wife as a ghost, and his lost son as a strange hairy beast with red glowing eyes. They've come to guide him to his final resting place, a cave where his first soul began. With a wry sense of humor and a humanist spirit, it's a magical tale of reincarnation, karma, and nature. 113 min. DVD X6068
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Vietnamese Film and Television
Directed by Loc Do. Escaping Vietnam Tony and Tien, two Amerasian brothers abandoned by their American father, arrive in California to search for a better life. As Tien searches for his father, Tony embittered by the "American dream," takes refuge in a local gang of Amerasian kids and enters an underground world of drugs and crime in Little Saigon. Bonded by a similar past, this misfit gang ignites a new passion in Tony's life. 98 min. 999:2438
The Buffalo Boy (Gardien de Buffles) (Mu`a len trau) (2004)
Directed by Nguyen-Vo Nghiem-Minh. Cast: The Lu Le, Antony Bert, Huu Thanh Nguyen. Set in the lowlands of southern Vietnam, this coming of age tale presents a stunning visual reflection on the rhythms of daily life and culture. When young Kim, out of necessity, joins the nomadic life of the buffalo herders, he is exposed to a complex, brutal way of existence. He must find his own way and sense of self in this male world of endurance, betrayal, and uncertainty, which can also offer friendship and independence. 98 min. 999:3736
Directed by Tran Anh Hung. In the heart of Ho Chi Minh City, a young cyclo (pedicab driver) transports anonymous passengers through the teeming streets, trying to eke out a meager living for his two sisters and elderly grandfather. When his bicycle is stolen by a local gang, he descends into the underbelly of this corrupt city. Seduced by easy money, Cyclo is swept deeper into the crime ring led by a charismatic poet, who unbeknownst to Cyclo, has led his sister into prostitution. 123 min. 999:2853
Directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud. Cast: Jane March, Tony Leung, Frederique Meininger, Arnaud Giovaninetti, Melvil Poupaud. A poor French teenager embarks on a love affair with a wealthy Chinese man in 1929 French colonial Vietnam, defying the boundaries of age, race and class. 115 min. DVD 3697; vhs 999:2285
Nostalgia for the Countryside (Thuong nho dong que) (1995)
Director, Nhat Minh Dang. Explores the tensions and traumas of everyday life in a rural Vietnamese village. 17-year-old Nham (who has a crush on his sister-in-law Ngu) is fascinated by the fashionable and worldly Quyen, who fled the village as a small girl. Quyen has arrived from abroad to find that the countryside that she dreamed about is a landscape of poverty, passion and tragedy, though not without pockets of humour and warmth. 116 min. DVD 3664
Directed by Tran Anh Hung. Set in 1950s Saigon, this film is about a young country girl who joins a family as their servant and develops an enduring but secret attachment to a friend of the eldest son. 104 min. DVD 995; vhs 999:1748
Set in 1930s Vietnam, this TV mini-series tells the stories of people who adopted the ways of westerners in a modern, French-influenced society. 254 min. Stored at NRLF (Pt.1 NRLF #: B 4 625 502; Pt.2 NRLF #: B 4 625 503). DVD 2694
Song of the South (TV, 1997)
An eleven episode serial produced for Vietnamese television based on the novel by ?o`an Gi?oi about the life of a young boy growing up in Vietnam during the Indochinese War. 608 min. DVD 6680
Three Seasons (Vietnam | USA, 1999)
Directed by Tony Bui. Cast: Harvey Keitel, Don Duong, Nguyen Ngoc Hiep, Tran Manh Cuong, Zoe Bui, Nguyen Huu Duoc. Tells the stories of several people living in or visiting post-war Vietnam, including James Hager (Harvey Keitel), an ex-G.I. searching for the daughter he left behind in the war. 110 min. DVD X6801; 999:2389
The Vertical Ray of the Sun (Mua he chieu thang dung; À la verticale de l'ete) (2000)
Director, Tran Anh Hung. A deeply moving tale of tradition, love and deception set in Hanoi. Three sisters, a brother, two husbands and a child are living and loving in a supportive clan that they have forged since the death of their parents. However, there are deep secrets that are threatening to disrupt the harmony and balance of their daily existence. Life is much more tenuous and complicated then it seems on the surface. 112 min. DVD 1577
Director, Vuong Duc. Buong owns a restaurant in Vietnam in which he cooks dogs but when the inhabitants of the village realize that he is killing their dogs, they burn him out. Without resources, Buong decides to go to work in the forest. He and his family leave for the tropical jungles of Vietnam where he works as a wood cutter. Film director Vuong Duc used the forest as a metaphor presenting that the law of the cities and villages is also the law of the jungle. VHS format (SECAM). 85 min. 999:3087
US and European Movies set in South/Southeast Asia
Black Narcissus (1947)
Directed by Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger. Cast: Deborah Kerr, Sabu, David Farrar, Flora Robson, Esmond Knight, Jean Simmons, Kathleen Byron. This film marks a harrowing descent into madness, when a young British nun is ordered to establish a convent in the remote Himalayan mountains. Sister Clodagh is a serious young novitiate assigned to lead a crucial mission, with the reluctant recommendation of her Mother Superior. Together with a disparate group of nuns, Sister Clodagh will face strange peoples and customs, a harsh and unforgiving climate and a wrenching struggle with her own past that will prove the ultimate test of her devotion and faith. Adapted from the novel by Rumer Godden. 101 min. DVD 510
Directed by Richard Attenborough; cast: Ben Kingsley, Candice Bergen, Edward Fox, John Gielgud, Trevor Howard, John Mills, Martin Sheen. This film follows Gandhi's life from young lawyer through his historic struggle to free India from colonial rule. Winner of 8 Academy Awards, including Best picture, actor, director and screenplay. DVD 927; VHS 999:203
Directed by Jane Campion. Cast: Kate Winslet, Harvey Keitel, Pam Grier, Julie Hamilton, Tim Robertson, Sophie Lee. While on a journey of discovery in exotic India, young Ruth Barron falls under the influence of a charismatic religious guru. Her desperate parents then hire P.J. Waters, a macho cult deprogrammer, who confronts Ruth in a remote desert hideaway. However, P.J. quickly learns that he has quite possibly met his match in the intelligent and iron-willed Ruth. 114 min. DVD 4031
Directed by Regis Wargnier; featuring Catherine Deneuve, Vincent Perez, Linh Dan Pham, Jean Yanne, Dominique Blanc, Henri Marteau. Eliane, a rubber plantation owner in French Indochina, hides her torrid love affairs with upper-class society. But when her adopted Indochinese daughter innocently falls in love with Eliane's secret lover, the scandal may destroy their family. 156 min. DVD 2131; vhs 999:1125
Directed by Martin Scorsese. A dramatization of the incredible true story of one of the world's most fascinating leaders -- Tibet's current (14th) Dalai Lama -- and his daring struggle to regain independence for Tibet. Powerfully told and set against a backdrop of world politics the film created an international uproar upon its release. 135 min. DVD 305
Directed by Frank Capra. Featuring Ronald Colman, Jane Wyatt, John Howard, Margo, Thomas Mitchell, Edward Everett Horton, Sam Jaffe. Fleeing war-torn China, a small planeload of people are hijacked to an idyllic valley in the Himalayas where time has virtually stopped. There Conway, a British diplomat, falls in love with a beautiful woman, and is asked to remain in Shangri-La as its new leader. Based on the novel by James Hilton.
134 min. DVD 302; vhs 999:2704
Directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud. Featuring Jane March, Tony Leung. A poor French teenager embarks on a love affair with a wealthy Chinese man in 1929 French colonial Vietnam, defying the boundaries of age, race and class. From the novel by Marguerite Duras. 103 min. 999:2285
Director, David Lean; featuring Peggy Ashcroft, Judy Davis, James Fox, Alec Guinness, Nigel Havers, Victor Banerjee. While on a trip in 1928 to visit her son, Mrs. Moore, accompanied by her son's fiancee, becomes appalled at the treatment of the Indians by the ruling British government. Later, they befriend a native Indian who, over-stepping the accepted norms of his culture, invites the two ladies on an excursion. In a strange turn of events, he is accused of attempting to rape the young woman. Based on the novel by E. M. Forster and the play by Santha Rama Rau. Special DVD features: Reflections of David Lean ; bonus trailers; talent files; interactive menus ; production notes; scene selections. 164 min. DVD 667; VHS 999:2304
Director: Phillip Noyce. Cast: Michael Caine, Brendan Fraser, Do Thi Hai Yen, Tzi Ma, Robert Stanton, Holmes Osborne, Pham Thi Mai Hoa, Quang Hai, Rade Sherbedgia. A story that led to the events of the United States military involvement in Vietnam. Here, a love triangle between a British journalist, his mistress, and a mysterious CIA operative evolves into a much greater mystery that eventually leads to murder and deception. Based on the novel by Graham Greene (MAIN: PR6013.R44 Q5 1996; MOFF: PR6013.R44 Q5 1996) 101 min. DVD 1795; vhs 999:3896
Directed by Renoir, Jean; Based on the novel by Rumer Godden. In post-World War II India, three adolescent girls develop competing crushes on a young American veteran who lost a leg in combat. As their romances and rivalries deepen, the background of the Indian society, culture and environment influences all their personalities in subtle and symbolic ways. From The Movie Guide: "Jean Renoir's first film in color, THE RIVER is an extraordinarily rich and almost therapeutically heartening movie about an English family living in Bengal. Part coming-of-age story, part empathetic travelogue, part philosophic poem, THE RIVER was cited by Renoir as 'one film that corresponds almost exactly to my initial concept of it.' 99 min. DVD 3837; VHS 999:2821
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