Channel 4’s annual Indian film season is back and this year we’ve ten films that represent a cross-section of the best contemporary and classic Indian cinema.
For over 30 years we’ve been showcasing some of the best of Indian cinema and this year in no exception. There’s thrilling drama and romantic comedy, independent Indian cinema and mainstream Bollywood and even a remastered little seen film from Satyajit Ray, one of the greatest auteurs of 20th century cinema.
Eight of the films in the season are network premieres and a selection of the films will also be available to view from 12 November on our on-demand service All 4. So, if you’ve not registered yet – make sure you do! (www.channel4.com/register) and you can watch the films at a time to suit you!
The films featured in this years’ season are:
12.50am – early hours of Tuesday 29 October
Rajkummmar Rao plays a young man inadvertently held captive in a disused apartment block high above the streets of Mumbai in a desperate fight for survival.
VEERE DI WEDDING
1.55am – early hours of Friday 1 November
In a female buddy movie, which is a little bit Friends meets Sex and the City, a group of independent women navigate married life and refuse to conform to gender stereotypes.
Now available to view online https://www.channel4.com/programmes/veere-di-wedding
1.50am - early hours of Wednesday 6 November
Goa’s 1960’s unsung jazz musicians take centre stage in A Star Is Born story with an Indian twist, featuring an award-winning performance from actress Palomi Ghosh.
Now available to view online https://www.channel4.com/programmes/nachom-ia-kumpasar
1.55am - early hours of Friday 8 November
Celebrated hard-hitting director Anurag Kashap delivers a lighter tale in a modern love triangle with a young, free-living group of characters set against the colourful backdrop of Amritsar in the Punjab.
Now available to view online https://www.channel4.com/programmes/manmarziyaan
1.55am - early hours of Wednesday 13 November
Winding back the clock (1969), is a moving drama from the late sixties that was much appreciated in its time. In 1945, as India's Independence looms, Satyapriya - a man of high principles - dreams of building a new country but his moral certainty ends up being shaken forever.
Now available to view online https://www.channel4.com/programmes/satyakam
2am - early hours of Friday 15 November
Current Independent Indian cinema continues to flourish and, in this tale, a young mother down on her luck takes a job as a cleaner in an art school. In order to make enough money for her son’s college fees, she decides to pose as a nude life model for the art students, despite the shame it may bring.
Now available to view online https://www.channel4.com/programmes/nude
HAPPY PHIRR BHAG JAYEGI
1.50am - early hours of Wednesday 20 November
A madcap caper of mistaken identities, with the action moving from Shanghai to Amritsar, hapless criminals kidnap the wrong person in Mudassar Aziz’s jet setting romantic sequel Happy Runs Away Again.
Now available to view online https://www.channel4.com/programmes/happy-phirr-bhag-jayegi
2.50am - early hours of Friday 22 November
A subtle, moving chamber piece of lost love and atonement, a quiet film that leaves a significant emotional impression. This remastered film is a classic example of Ray’s unforgettable filmmaking and a must for all lovers of Satyajit Ray’s films.
Now available to view online https://www.channel4.com/programmes/kapurush
TANU WEDS MANU
2.05am - early hours of Thursday 28 November
Manu is young and successful and returning to India after working in London to meet potential brides. When he sees Tanu it's love at first sight, but Tanu is already in love with the maverick Raja and intends to elope with him. Naturally struggles of the heart ensue.
THE SPACE BETWEEN THE NOTES
3.40am - early hours of Thursday 5 December
The season concludes with filmmaker Sumantra Ghosa documentary, capturing a wonderful performance by two contemporary legends in Indian music — tabla genius Zakir Hussain and sitar maestro Niladri Kumar. The film interlaces insightful interviews with concert highlights with Ghosal exploring what allows these two very special artists to collaborate, creating their unique musical magic.
We’ll be updating the All 4 availability as it becomes available.