5 January 2010


This follows on from the first set of links I posted last week. Unfortunately, like before, some of the video links are without subtitles and vary in terms of quality. I think this next point goes back to what Roy Stafford said, which is that in some cases when DVD's are available to purchase or can be ordered through a reliable website then it is better to pay the royalties. In many cases, many of these films are simply not accessible via VHS or DVD. In addition, I have also provided a link in terms of background reading for each of the films. Part three will hopefully appear next week.

MOVIE MAHAL (Nasreen Munni Kabir)

In many ways the series of short documentaries written and produced by Nasreen Munni Kabir for Channel Four in the 1980s was one of my earliest introductions to Indian cinema. Each of the documentaries covered a particular area of popular Indian cinema and was linked to a landmark or key Indian film. I can see that this upload has been taken from an old VHS print and the quality does vary considerably but I am not sure why this has not been made available on DVD as it seems to be an excellent resource and introduction to popular Indian cinema:

1. Movie Mahal - Between The Lines

2. Movie Mahal - Heroines

3. Movie Mahal - Hero Worship

4. Movie Mahal - Take Two

5. Sukumar Ray - Dir. Satyajit Ray, 1987
Ray's last documentary; an affectionate look at his father. (Be weary of the subtitles for this one)

6. Nishant (Night's End) - Dir. Shyam Benegal, 1975
Personally, I don't think Benegal has made an angrier film. Cinematography by Nihalani.

7. Hazaar Chaurasi Ki Maa (Mother of 1084) - Dir. Govind Nihalani, 1998
This film deals directly with the Naxalite movement of the late 60s and 70s. It stars Jaya Bhaduri in the lead role.

8. Rabindranath Tagore - Dir. Satyajit Ray, 1961
Essential if one wants to grasp the origins of Ray's intellect.

9. Ray: Life and Work of Satyajit Ray - Dir. Goutam Ghosh, 1999
Documentary on Ray by Bengali film maker Goutam Ghosh.

10. Hirak Rajar Deshe (Kingdom of Diamonds) - Dir. Satyajit Ray, 1980
The second film of the Goopy Gyne Bagha Byne films - characters created by Ray's grandfather.

11. Ghattashraddha (The Ritual) - Dir. Girish Kasaravalli, 1977
A Kannada art film; looking forward to this one, visually it looks incredible.

12. Ekti Nadir Naam (The Name of a River) - Dir. Anup Singh, 2002
Blending fiction and documentary, this is an exploration of Ritwik Ghatak.

13. Sonar Kella (The Fortress) - Dir. Satyajit Ray, 1974
This proves the breadth of Ray's body of work.

14. Ardh Satya (Half Truth) Dir. Govind Nihalani, 1983
Nihalani's masterpiece - still unavailable in the UK.


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