Channel 4 kicks off Indian Film Season this week
8th September 2020   •   snippet
Channel 4’s annual Indian film season is back from this week, with nine films in nine weeks.

This year’s season spans drama, thriller, social realism, independent and mainstream Indian cinema exploring class, racial, political and gender divide.

Full list

GULLY BOY (2019)
MANTHAN (1976)
ARTICLE 15 (2019)
RAAZI (2019)
NAAL (2019)
HAMID (2019)

Most films will be available to catch up after on All 4. The season is again curated by Nasreen Kabir.

About the films (from Channel 4)

Channel 4’s annual Indian film season launches on 7th September on Film4 with Lijo Jose Pellissery’s deranged horror-tinted thriller JALLIKATTU (2019, Network Premiere) where on one eventful night in a remote village in Kerala a buffalo escapes from the slaughterhouse and wreaks havoc. Bedlam follows as the entire village decides to join in hunting down the animal. During the wildly chaotic chase, many unresolved differences come to the surface, turning friends into foes. It’s an intense ride in which ultimately man's bestiality ends up vividly on display.

Next up Ranveer Singh, one of Bollywood’s biggest stars, headlines celebrated female director Zoya Akhtar’s hip-hop drama GULLY BOY (2019, Network Premiere). Poet Murad emerges from the slums of Dharavi and breaks free from the class divide when he inadvertently enters Mumbai’s underground hip-hop scene to become the voice of the streets. A story inspired by India’s real-life rappers Naezy and Divine.

We return to the south with a tender film from India’s emerging queer cinema, writer/director Swarnavel Eswaran’s KATTUMARAM (CATAMANRAN) (2019, Network Premiere). Following the devastation brought by the Tsunami, a young woman defies expectations of her local fishing community as she develops a relationship with a photographer who has come to teach at the local school.

Back to the city, Jonathan Augustin’s feelgood coming-of-age drama THE LIFT BOY (2019, Network Premiere) is a gentle heart-warming window into the world of a lower middle-class Mumbai family as a down on his luck student must take the place of his father as a lift operator in a luxury apartment block.

In tribute to the celebrated actor/playwright Girish Karnad who passed away in 2019, MANTHAN (1976) is possibly the only film ever to be sponsored by Indian farmers. Produced courtesy of the Gujarat Co-operative Milk Marketing Federation the film follows the progress of a team who set out to start a milk co-op in rural Gujarat, an honourable crusade that stirs up violent caste clashes along the way. Director Shyam Benegal delivers a powerful social realist drama.

Continuing the rural village setting and based on real-life events, ARTICLE 15 (2019, Network Premiere) is director Anubhav Sinha's uncompromising crime drama named after an article in India's constitution which makes discrimination a criminal offence. The film tackles head-on the controversial subjects of caste, institutionalized corruption and abuse when a city cop sent to a small village becomes involved in a disturbing investigation into the death of two lower caste young women.

National as opposed to social divide is highlighted in RAAZI (2019, Network Premiere), a gripping thriller telling the true story of an Indian female spy who risked everything to go undercover in the lead-up to 1971's Indo-Pakistani war. A critical and box office hit, the film won five prizes at India's annual Filmfare Awards, including awards for actress Alia Bhatt and female director Meghna Gulzar.
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