Spring is here and so is the Indian Film Season

05 April 2018

At last the evenings are getting lighter and the temperature is starting (slowly) to rise, so bring on dreams of warm summer days by indulging in our latest season of Indian films. First up in April are network premieres of two Hindi language comedy-dramas which place relationships, family and love at their very heart.

In the early hours of Monday 9 April at 1.25am the new season opens with SHUBH MANGAL SAAVDHAN, directed by RS Prasanna and a remake of the director’s own 2013 Tamil film KALYANA SAMAYAL SAADHAM. This is a brave comedy-drama touching on an intimate subject that Indian cinema has previously shied away from. But its worldwide success has proved that today’s audiences have moved with the times and are ready to embrace more challenging subjects. In Delhi, Mudit (played by Ayushmann Khurrana) meets Sugandha (Bhumi Pednekar) and falls in love with her. At first he is shy and hesitant but he finally manages to convey his feelings for her, and much to his delight, Sugandha admits she feels the same. They quickly decide to marry but when they choose to get intimate before the wedding, things go very wrong for the young couple. Sugandha realises Mudit is suffering from erectile dysfunction and, unable to deal with the stress and tension, Mudit wants to call the marriage off, even though Sugandha reassures him that she believes love is ultimately more important than physical intimacy. As they struggle with their own feelings and the advice of many interfering well-wishers, the question is: will their marriage will ever be consummated?

Neither erectile dysfunction nor the imminent death of a loved one might seem the ideal subject for comedy, but in our second film of the season, HOTEL SALVATION, the latter proves just as ripe territory for touching comedy-drama. Writer-director Shubhashish Bhutiani's feature debut is a gentle and upbeat story about family relationships and death, in which businessman Rajiv (Adil Hussain) is engrossed in his own hectic life until his elderly father, Daya (Lalit Behl) announces that he’s foreseen his own imminent death. Determined to seek salvation by passing away in the holy city of Varanasi, Daya insists that Rajiv drop everything and accompany him on his final journey. In Varanasi, the pair check into a hospice-hotel that promises free accommodation to those in the final two weeks of their lives, but Daya’s premonition isn’t entirely accurate and as their days in the ancient city stretch into weeks, the two men get to know each other in a way that had previously eluded them. HOTEL SALVATION is also a network premiere and will air as part of this years' Indian Film Season.

All films in the Indian Film Season are in Hindi with English subtitles, and the season continues over the following weeks with suspense drama KAHAANI 2, comedy HAPPY BHAAG JAYEGI and blockbuster courtroom drama, RUSTOM. Please check listings for details of timings.