Film Talks


The Beginnings Of Indian Cinema

Venue: Phoenix – Courtyard Suite

Saturday – 12pm

Speaker: Eleanor Halsall 

In the beginning, there was Dadasaheb Phalke, ‘the father of Indian cinema’. He took on

the challenge of heralding the new cultural form, giving birth to celebrities and what in decades to come became Bollywood.

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel: Looking East, Looking West

Venue: Phoenix – Courtyard Suite

Saturday – 2.30pm

Speaker: Eleanor Halsall 

This discussion considers some of the ways in which India has been viewed through the camera over the last 100 years and considers whether this film, directed by John Madden, manages to overcome the clichés and provide good entertainment?

This discussion links with the film: The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, click here to see the film page


Faith In Film

Venue: Phoenix – Courtyard Suite

Saturday – 4.30pm

Speaker: Dipak Joshi 

Faith is an integral part of the Indian aesthetic tradition. This talk looks at how faith has been depicted in Indian cinema over the last 100 years.


Midnight’s Children: Handcuffed To History

Venue: Curve – Seminar Room

Sunday – 2.30pm

Speaker: Eleanor Halsall

It was clear that India’s independence would become a celebrated moment in Indian
cultural life and Nehru’s speech remains an iconic motif in
literature and cinema. What happens when the two – Rushdie’s novel and Mehta’s film – are brought together?

This discussion links with the film: Midnight’s Children , click here to see the film page

Amitabh Bachchan: How An Unsuitable ‘Hero’ Became A God

Venue: Curve – Seminar Room

Sunday – 4.00 pm

Speaker: Eleanor Halsall

This discussion considers Bachchan’s career as the original angry young man of Hindi film, but it also throws the net wider to look at some heroes from other Indian cinemas.

This discussion links with the film: Zanjeer, click here to see the film page

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