Indian Autumn

22 August 2018
4Viewers

We’ve some truly wonderful films coming up in this years’ Indian Film Season, including several network premieres. The season starts in the early hours of Tuesday, 4 September on Channel 4 and we’ll keep you up to date with the upcoming films right here on our 4Viewers blog, so don’t forget to bookmark this page.

Sairat – Friday 7 September at 1.30am
In another Network Premiere we bring you writer-director-producer Nagraj Manjule’s powerful Marathi drama, a compelling contemporary love story and strong indictment of the caste system, which was a huge hit in India in 2016.

Sairat follows the fortunes of young star-crossed lovers Parshya (Akash Thosar) and Archie (Rinku Rajguru). Parshya is the academically high-achieving son of a fisherman, while Archie’s father Tatya (Suresh Vishwakarma) is a wealthy landlord and politician. After falling in love the young, but naive couple, believing that love will conquer all, face adversity at every turn as Archie’s father Tatya, stops at nothing to tear the young couple apart. With Tanaji Galgunde and Arbaz Shaikh. In Marathi with English subtitles.

You can watch Sairat here

Masaan – Tuesday 11 September at 1.55am
A moving drama about secret trysts, love and blackmail in the holy city of Varanasi. Devi (Richa Chadha) and her student boyfriend Piyush (Saurabh Chadhary) are found in a compromising position by the thuggish local police inspector Mishra (Bhagwan Tiwari), who decides to use this to his advantage and blackmail the lovers. But his actions have profound consequences, not only for Piyush and Devi, but also her academic-turned-stallholder father Vidyadhar (Sanjay Mishra). Meanwhile, another pair of star-crossed lovers find themselves on a similarly fateful path when engineering student Deepak (Vicky Kaushal) meets and falls in love with Shaalu (Shweta Tripathi), a beautiful middle-class woman from a much higher caste. In Hindi with English subtitles.

You can catch Masaan here

Ankhon Dekhi – Friday 14 September at 1.30am
In writer-director-actor Rajat Kapoor’s comedy-drama, Sanjay Mishra stars as Rajesh, who everyone calls Bauji, a travel agent in his late 50s, whose philosophical change of heart has unexpected consequences for all those around him. After realising he’s made a big mistake about his daughters new boyfriend, Bauji decides to turn his back on perceived wisdom and only believe what he can see with his own eyes. This new outlook on life provides some comic and some not so comical moments, with some thinking he’s a guru and others nothing more than a troublemaker. In Hindi with English subtitles.

You can watch Ankhon Dekhi here


And the final film in this years’ season is The Chess Players. Satyajit Ray's only film in Urdu which paints a subtle portrait of the British Raj and the decadent world of the nawabs. It’s a drama full of intrigue, rebellion and political manoeuvring. In Urdu with English subtitles, the film, which is being screened for the first time on Channel 4, goes out, Tuesday 18 September at 1.55am.

You can watch The Chess Players here


And if this wasn’t enough, you’ll now be able to enjoy our Indian Film Season at your leisure as we make the films available to view for either 7 or 30 days at any time on All4. So if you’ve not signed up to our free on demand service, then go to www.channel4.com/registration and register now.