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Indian Film Season 2020

2020 may be one of the most unpredictable years yet but one thing you can still rely on is our annual Indian Film Season! With screenings on both Film 4 and Channel 4, here’s what’s coming up this September/October.

JALLIKATTU

Monday 7 September at 11.35pm on Film 4

Network Premiere

This recent Malayalam action flick won a string of awards and received widespread critical acclaim upon its festival play last year. Jallikattu takes us to a remote Keralan village on one very chaotic night as a buffalo breaks free from the local slaughterhouse. Naturally - mayhem ensues!

Jallikattu will be available on All 4 for 30 days catch up post transmission.  (https://www.channel4.com/programmes/jallikattu)

Repeat screening on Film 4 - early hours of 5 October at 1.35am

GULLY BOY

Sunday 13 September at 11.55pm on Channel 4

Network Premiere

An international hit inspired by India’s real-life rappers Nay and Divine, this entry for the 2019 Academy Awards follows the journey of Murad, a young Muslim from the slums who finds solace in the city’s hip-hop scene.

KATTUMARAM

Early hours of Wednesday 16 September at 1.25am on Channel 4

Network Premiere

This beautifully shot LGBT tale portrays life in a small fishing community in Tamil Nadu, where in the aftermath of a Tsunami, fisherman Mysskin struggles to make ends for himself and his orphaned nephew and niece so he decides that she should marry.  When Anandhi, his niece, tells him that her heart is already taken he faces his greatest challenge yet.

Kattumaram will be available on All 4 for 30 days catch up post transmission. (https://www.channel4.com/programmes/kattumaram

THE LIFT BOY

Early hours of Wednesday 23 September at 1.45am on Channel 4

Network Premiere

After his father suffers a heart attack Mumbai student Raju takes up his Father’s job as a lift operator in a luxury Mumbai apartment. At first he’s disheartened by the lowly status of his new role, but he comes to realise, with the help of the residents that he meets there, that his fortunes can change.

The Lift Boy will be available on All 4 for 30 days catch up post transmission. (https://www.channel4.com/programmes/the-lift-boy

MANTHAN

Early hours of Wednesday 30 September at 1.30am

In tribute to Girish Karnard who passed away in 2019, this fantastic drama takes place in rural India during the 1970s and tells the tale of a group of farmers who set out on a mission to start a milk co-op in Gujarat, but they soon come across a fork in the road when their plans are halted by greedy middlemen with a different agenda.

Manthan will be available on All 4 for 30 days catch up post transmission.
https://www.channel4.com/programmes/manthan

ARTICLE 15

Early hours of Wednesday 7 October at 1.30am

Network Premiere

In this chilling crime drama, based on real life events, Delhi graduate Ayan is posted to a rural village as a Police Superintendent tasked with the investigation of a double homicide. Upon his arrival, he soon realises all is not as it seems.  His modern views are challenged by the community and a web of lies unravels prompting Ayan to wonder - who exactly can be trusted?

RAAZI

Early hours of Wednesday 14 October at 2.10am

Network Premiere

Raazi is a multi-award-winning film, based on Harinder S. Sikka’s novel ‘Calling Sehmat’. It’s the true-life story of a female Indian spy who risked all by going undercover during the beginning of the Indo-Pakistani war.   Sehmat’s new life in Pakistan soon turns into a deadly game of survival when her double life catches up with her.  Raazi will have you on the edge of your seat!

NAAL

Early Hours of Wednesday 21 October at 2.05am

Network Premiere

8-year-old Chaitanya enjoys life along the riverbanks of a Maharashtrian village with his father and mother, but when a visit from Chaitanya’s uncle brings with it a life changing revelation, his world is transformed forever.

HAMID

Early hours of Wednesday 28 October at 2.05am

Network Premiere

This gentle tale of redemption takes place alongside the backdrop of political unrest in Kashmir. After his father goes missing and finding himself isolated and rejected by his mother, eight-year-old Hamid seeks answers.   When he discovers that ’786’ is ‘God’s number’, he dials the number.  When the call is answered he soon finds himself convinced he’s speaking to a higher power.

There you have it! Plenty of new films to sink your teeth into over the coming weeks. Which one are you most looking forward to? Let us know on Twitter (@4Viewers) using the hashtag #IndianFilmSeason.