India on Film

BFI Southbank Guide Oct-Nov 2017

‘THE ONLY WAY TO SURVIVE AMONGST KILLERS IS TO BECOME ONE YOURSELF’ NH10 Four Indian thrillers, in Hindi, Marathi and Tamil, offer gripping insights into crime and punishment today, says Meenakshi Shedde, Guest Curator, India on Film Crime and punishment worldwide are entirely relative. To kill someone is a crime in the West, but in India falling in love is also a punishable crime. Then again, who cares what the law says? Four thrillers, in Hindi, Marathi and Tamil offer powerful, richly diverse insights into criminal worlds, accompanied by piercing social critique. Two are even musicals. Talvar is a police procedural about a real-life double homicide. NH10 is a feminist thriller with a woman who becomes a killer out of self-defence. Cult film Sairat, in Marathi, is a revenge saga dealing with a caste-based honour killing. Opening at the Berlin film festival, it went on to break domestic Marathi box office records and an adoring audience even started ‘Sairat Marriage Groups’ to help eloping lovers. Only in India! Jigarthanda is a cool Tamil meta-gangster flick, a musical and a violent meditation on a filmmaker who becomes a gangster in order to get his film made. You’ve never seen anything quite like it. I N D I A ON FILM D e a t h a n d D e c e p t i o n Images: NH10, Jigarthanda India on Film is part of UK/India 2017, a major cultural collaboration between the two countries, in partnership with The British Council WANT MORE? See p26 for our Who Can You Trust? season. For more Indian cinema, visit BFI Player and bfi.org.uk/india-on-film


BFI Southbank Guide Oct-Nov 2017
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