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Indian Film Season - 2022

A staple for over 30 years, showcasing some of India's most prestigious filmmakers from yesteryear and today, the annual Indian Film season will run through September featuring films on Film 4 and Channel 4. They'll also all be available on All 4 post transmission to view at a time to suit you!

With 8 network premieres from a range of genres, there is a little something for everyone, so sit back, relax, and enjoy as we bring you the best in Indian cinema.  

 

 

Last Film Show

Early Hours of Monday 5 September at 1am on Film 4

Network Premiere

In this heart-warming tale, nine-year-old Samay’s life is transformed forever when his father takes him to the cinema for the first time.  Doing whatever he can to spend time in the cinema, including bribing the old projectionist with his mothers’ home cooked food, Samay watches the films from the projection booth, but with the advent of digital, things are about to change.  (Film in Gujarati).  

The film is available to view on All 4 HERE

The Beatles and India

Early Hours of Tuesday 6 September at 2.05am on Channel 4

Network Premiere

Featuring previously unseen archive footage, eye-witness interviews and unique photographs, this new documentary charts the enduring love affair between The Fab Four and India and the creative inspiration that continued throughout their lives and helped raise Western awareness of many celebrated musicians, including Ravi Shankar.  

The film is available to view on All 4 HERE

The Railway Children

Early Hours of Thursday 8 September at 2.20am on Channel 4

Network Premiere

Directed by Prithvi Konanur and largely performed by non-actors, this is the story of two young boys, Raju a runaway and Jollu, who works as part of a street gang selling unclean water in and around the train stations of Bangalore. After inducting Raju into the gang, the boys lose their days takings and face retribution from the gang leader. (Film in Kannada)

The film is available to view on All 4 HERE

Laila Aur Satt Geet (The Shepherdess and the Seven Songs)

Early hours of Friday 9 September at 2.45am on Channel 4

Network Premiere

Set against the sumptuous backdrop of Kashmir and inspired by a mystical Rajasthani folktale, LAILA AUR SATT GEET follows the struggles of the beautiful and strong-willed Laila (Navjot Randhawa), who comes to represent Kashmir in the fight against the forces trying to conquer it.

The film is available on All 4 HERE

Manusangada (We Are Humans Too)

Early hours of Tuesday 13 September at 1.55am on Channel 4

Network Premiere

For his last and final journey, Kolappan just wants to carry his father’s body down a particular path in his village, but prejudice and long-standing discrimination conspire to prevent this. Desperately seeking help from local officials and the court, he discovers there is little he can do because of this father’s lowly caste.

The film is available to view on All 4 HERE

Village Rockstars

Early hours of Thursday 15 September at 2am

Network Premiere

Dhunu, a 10-year- old tomboy from an impoverished village fantasizes about owning her own guitar and escaping the hardships of daily life by becoming a rock star. But it’s an uphill battle for a girl, faced not only with prejudice and stereotyping but natural calamities that surround her as she tries to attain her dream.  Directed by 35-year-old Rima Das, and winner of Best Feature at India’s National Film Awards Village Rockstars was selected as India’s entry for the Oscars in 2017.

The film is available to view on All 4 HERE

Koozhangal (Pebbles)

Early Hours of Tuesday 20 September at 2.25am

Network Premiere

Director P.S Vinothraj tells the story of an alcoholic hot-headed father and the journey he takes with his son to track down his wife who has fled her family due to her husbands’ abuse.

Facing an unforgiving landscape and the rocky terrain of their own emotional journey, this quickly becomes a battle of wills between father and son as they to cross the scorching desert in the South of Tamil Nadu.  (Film in Tamil)

The film is available to view on All 4 HERE

Lata In Her Own Voice

Early Hours of Friday 23 September at 2.40am

Network Premiere

Lata Mangeshkar was India’s most popular and iconic leading playback singer.  With a career that spanned almost 80 years, this short film based on archival interviews and song rehearsal footage shot in 1990, sees Lata recall her childhood, what role a song plays in an Indian film, and the life lessons she learned from her father, who taught her singing from the age of five. 

The film is available to view on All 4 HERE

Mughal-E-Azam

Early Hours of 23 September at 2.50am

A sumptuous visual spectacle, featuring an all-star cast, this classic film has been delighting audiences across the generations. Emperor Akbar (Prithviraj Kapoor) is at last blessed with a son, whom he calls Saleem, but as an adult the Prince is a challenge to his father falling in love with a beautiful but unsuitable girl. Keeping their love a secret leads to tragic consequences for the young lovers.

The film is available to view on All 4 HERE