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Click on Read More. My (adoptive) dad was born in India, and his father was a professor of Indian history. I would have happily played cricket for India, though my hero, Imran’s cousin Majid Khan (whose dad was a student of my grand-dad and played for India) played for Pakistan.. My favourites: Pather Panchali, Pakeezah, Cloud-Capped Star, The Name of a River, Subarnarekha, The Circus Tent, The World of Apu, Charulata, Paper Flowers, Aparajito, Donkey in a Brahmin Village, The Music Room, Ankur, Ruins, Siddeshwari, Days and Nights in the Forest, The Desolate Beach, The Ritual, Baiju Bawra, Mirror of Illusion, Rat Trap, The… Read more

Click on Read More. My (adoptive) dad was born in India, and his father was a professor of Indian history. I would have happily played cricket for India, though my hero, Imran’s cousin Majid Khan (whose dad was a student of my grand-dad and played for India) played for Pakistan..

My favourites:

Pather Panchali,
Pakeezah,
Cloud-Capped Star,
The Name of a River,
Subarnarekha,
The Circus Tent,
The World of Apu,
Charulata,
Paper Flowers,
Aparajito,
Donkey in a Brahmin Village,
The Music Room,
Ankur,
Ruins,
Siddeshwari,
Days and Nights in the Forest,
The Desolate Beach,
The Ritual,
Baiju Bawra,
Mirror of Illusion,
Rat Trap,
The Bogeyman.

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Great job by Apursansar as manager of India in our 2009 first mubi world cup, reaching the final. A country of over 1 billion people, extraordinary cultural and scenic diversity, the world’s #1 film poducer, which with its growing economic clout, should finally get proper credit for its cinematic riches. Satyajit Ray, a polymath (like the Nobel-prize winning writer Rabindranath Tagore) is in my opinion among the handful of finest directors there has been worldwide, Ritwik Ghatak is another with great masterpieces to his credit, and The Name of a River, a tribute to him, is a hidden treasure, a match for virtually anything the last decade has given us. There is far far more to Indian cinema than escapist kitschy Bollywood musicals (though the best classic musicals are a marvel too), there have been serious intellectual and politically motivated directors aplenty.

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CINEMA OF INDIA
PARALLEL CINEMA

Reading:

Ashish Rajadhyaksha, Paul Willemen: Encyclopedia of Indian Cinema – highly recommended
Andrew Robinson: Satyajit Ray: The Inner Eye- also highly recommended.
Bhaskar Sarkar: Mourning the Nation: Indian Cinema in the Wake of Partition
Rudiger Tomczak(much valued member of this site): Five Indian Directors

LISTS:

Apursansar: Apursansar’s Indian Film Canon

Laali: Cinema of Prayoga: Indian Avant-Garde Cinema
Literature in Indian Cinema

Kolar: Indian Bengali Cinema

Tuggingonmoustaches: Girish Kasarvali’s Favorite Indian Films
Adoor Gopalkrishnan’s Favorite Indian Films
Malayalam Cinema
Marathi Cinema
Pre-Independence Indian Cinema

L’claSSiks: Indian Parallel Cinema

Amy: Tabu Ranked

Kenji: Satyajit Ray

my dad’s birthplace Dharamsala

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