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filmmakers of India

selected movies of India, A-Z

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actors & others of India

books on India's cinema

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India National Film Awards [est. 1954]
Intl. Film Festival of India [Nov 2012 = #43] in Goa, West India
Dadasaheb Phalke Award - for lifetime contribution to Indian cinema [est. 1969]

Filmmakers  of  India

NOTE: Oscar Awards for Best Foreign Language Film are not attributed
by A.M.P.A.S. or IMDb to the director or producer, but to the country of origin.

Foreign Filmmakers   •   Filmmakers of Asia   •   Filmmakers of Canada
Filmmakers of China   •   Filmmakers of France   •   Filmmakers of Germany   •   Filmmakers of Italy
Filmmakers of Japan   •   Filmmakers of Mexico   •   Filmmakers of Russia   •   Filmmakers of Spain

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Chetan  Bhagat
Not a filmmaker, really, but his 2004 novel "Five Point Someone" is the basis for the highest-grossing feature film
in India's history; his other novels have or will be adapted to film as well. The New York Times called him
the biggest-selling English language novelist in India's history; listed on the Time Magazine 100 for 2010.
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Vishal  Bharadwaj
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Utpalendu  Chakrabarty: IMDb listing

Bollywood filmmaker  B.R.  (Baldev Raj)  Chopra [1914-2008]
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B.R. Films Production [est. 1955] at Santacruz West in Mumbai (website parked 2015}

"The Burning Train"  [B.R. Films India March 1980]
The Burning Train classic film from India  A railroad employee who has worked many years to implement the Super Express train is hindered by sabotage. Co-produced by B.R. Chopra; co-written & directed by Ravi Chopra; co-written by Kam-leshwar; music by Rahul Dev Burman, lyrics by Sahir; 'all-star cast' including Dharmendra, Hema Malini, Vinod Khanna, Parveen Babi, Neetu Singh, Danny Denzongpa, Vinod Mehra, Jeetendra, Simi Garewal, Nazir Hussain, Mukri, Kushboo, Asrani & Ranjeet; double soundtrack CD contains seven songs from "The Burning Train" and six songs from "Alibaba Aur 40 Chor"
Filmcity widescreen color DVD [10/2006] for $6.56
Moser Baer Hindi w/English subtitles widescreen color DVD [undated] out of prodn/used
Saregama double soundtrack CD [undated] 13 tracks for $14.99
full credits at IMDbmovie entry at Wikipedia

"B.R. Chopra Forever: The Life, His Songs, His Films - 40 Hit Song DVD" [2002]

"Mahabharat" [2008] was one of the most successful TV serials in Indian television history

'Tribute To B.R. Chopra' DVD box set 1  "Tribute To B.R. Chopra, Set 1: Six Romantic Movies From B.R. Films"
DVD Box Set [2008?]

Moser Baer Hindi w/English subtitles DVD set [undated] 6 disks - out of prodn/scarce
contains 6 feature films: "Choti Si Baat" [1976], "Pati Patni Aur Woh" [1978], "The Burning
Train" [1980], "Insaf Ka Tarazu" [1980], "Nikaah" [1982], and "Kal Ki Awaz" [1992]
'Tribute To B.R. Chopra' DVD box set 2   "Tribute To B.R. Chopra, Set 2: Six Classics From B.R. Films"
DVD Box Set [2008?]

Moser Baer Hindi w/English subtitles DVD set [undated] 6 disks for $49.00
contains 6 feature films: "Naya Daur" [1957], "Dhool Ka Phool" [1959], "Dharmputra" [1961],
"Gumraah" [1963], "Waqt" [1965], and "Humraaz" [1967]]
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nephew director Aditya  Chopra

Aditya Chopra Collection DVD box set  "Aditya Chopra Collection (Limited Edition) 4 Disc Set" [2011]
Yash Raj Films Hindi w/English subtitles color DVD set [9/2011] for $20.87
contains three hit Bollywood feature films on 4 disks: "Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge" [1995] box office smash, "Mohabbatein (Love Stories)" [2000], and "Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi (God Destined The Couple)" [2008] – plus selected special features for each film

son director Ravi  Chopra

nephew actor & producer Uday  Chopra

younger brother director Yash  Chopra

'Legacy - Yash & Aditya Chopra Collection' 12-movie DVD box set  "The Legacy: Yash & Aditya Chopra Collection" DVD Box Set [2010]
Yash Raj Films DVD set [12/2010] 8 disks for $39.95
contains 12 hit Bollywood feature films on 8 disks: "Kabhie Kabhie" [1976], "Kaala Patthar" [1979], "Silsila"
[1981], "Mashaal" [1984], "Chandni (Moonlight)" [1989], "Lamhe (Moments)" [1991], "Darr (Fear): A Violent Love Story" [1993], "Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge" [1995] box office smash, "DTPH: Dil To Pagal Hai (The Heart Is Crazy)" [1997], "Mohabbatein (Love Stories)" [2000], "Veer-Zaara" [2004], and "Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi (God Destined The Couple)" [2008]

Buddhadeb  Dasgupta
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Chidananda  Dasgupta [1921-2011]
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The Desai Trio and The Movie Industry of India [7/2011] by Nilu N. Gavankar

Ritwik  Ghatak  [1925-76]
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Ritwik Ghatak article at Senses of Cinema

Gautam  Ghose: IMDb listingWikipedia

Rituparno  Ghosh
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Adoor  Gopalakrishnan of Kerala
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official Adoor Gopalakrishnan website

Mani  Kaul
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Deepa  Mehta
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Deepa Mehta's 'Elements Trilogy' films "Fire" [1996] &
"Earth" [1998] & "Water" [2006] are coded below

Ketan  Mehta
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Hrishikesh Mukherjee  [1922-2006]
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Mira  Nair
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Mercy in Her Eyes / Mira Nair  
"Mercy In Her Eyes: The Films of Mira Nair" [2006]
by John Kenneth Muir

Applause Books 9x6 pb [6/2006] for $13.46

Zahir  Raihan  [1935-1972?; Bangladesh]
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won Honorary Oscar in 1992    Magic Lantern's
Satyajit  Ray  [1921-92] Page
The Apu Trilogy
The City Trilogy
Feluda stories & films

"The Song of The Little Road" documentary [indep Aug 2003]
Written & directed by Priyanka Kumar • full credits at IMDb
Nehst Studios color DVD [4/2010] for $24.93

Prabhat  Roy: IMDb listing

actress-director  Aparna  Sen
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Mrinal  Sen
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official Mrinal Sen website

Raja Sen: IMDb listing

Raja Sen page at Calcutta Web

Kumar Shahani: IMDb listing

Tapan Sinha
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SG's Tapan Sinha fanpage

director  Santosh Sivan
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Before The Rains by Santosh Sivan  "Before The Rains" [Merchant Ivory May 2007]
Sivan's English-language debut. A richly-envisioned love story set in 1930s southern India against the backdrop of the growing nationalist movement. Direction & cinematography by Santosh Sivan; starring Linus Roache, Nandita Das, Leopold Benedict, Rahul Bose, Jennifer Ehle, John Standing, Indrajit & Lal Paul
video/DVD not yet available • full credits from IMDbofficial moviesite

Ram Gopal Varma
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Selected  Movies  of  India
{ in alphabetical order }

India's films have received only 3 nominations for Best Foreign Language Oscar®.
list of India's submissions for Oscar consideration

Selected films of:  Asia   •   Canada   •   China   •   France   •   Germany
Italy   •   Japan   •   Mexico   •   Russia   •   Spain

'Ten Romantic Movies' DVD box set  "Ten Romantic Movies" DVD Box Set from Moser Baer in India [2008?]
Moser Baer DVD set [undated] 10 disks - SOLD OUT!
contains 10 Bollywood feature films: "Jab Pyar Kisise Hota Hai (When One Falls in Love)" [1961], "Maine Pyar Kiya (I Have Loved)" [1989], "Deewana (Crazy/Passionate) [1992], "Hum Aapke Hain Koun...! (Who Am I To You)" [1994], "Ishq (Love)" [1997], "Pyaar To Hona Hi Tha (Love Had To Happen)" [1998], "Kaho Naa... Pyaar Hai (Say... You Love Me)" [1/2000], "Dhadkan (Heartbeat)"
[8/2000], "RHTDM: Rehna Hai Tere Dil Mein (I Want To Stay In Your Heart)" [2001], and "Jab We Met (When We Met)" [2007]
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Satyajit  Ray's  "Apu  Trilogy"

"Aashiqui  (Love)  2"  [India April 2013]
poster for 2013 'Aashiqui 2' Bollywood hit movie  Bollywood musical film unrelated to the smash hit "Aashiqui" of 1990; singer Rahul's career is on the decline due to alcohol abuse; he supports lovely Arohi in her singing career and makes her a star; she wants to give up that career to take care of Rahul, but he feels unworthy of her sacrifice and commits suicide (writing credits do not mention "A Star Is Born" as plot source). The film made actors Shraddha Kapoor and Aditya Roy Kapoor famous and was declared a blockbuster in the third week of release, passing the 100 Crore Blockbuster threshold in its fourth week. Produced by Bhushan Kumar & Krishan Kumar; directed by Mohit Suri; written by Shagufta Rafique; music by Jeet Ganguly, Mithun Sharma & Ankit Tiwari; starring Aditya Roy Kapoor, Shraddha Kapoor & Shaad Randhawa
T-Series widescreen color Blu-ray w/English subtitles [6/2013] for $18.02
Vishesh Films widescreen color Blu-ray w/English subtitles [6/2013] for $18.25
145-minute Vishesh Films widescreen color DVD [6/2013] for $9.83
120-minute T-Series widescreen color DVD w/English subtitles [4/2013] for $16.98
T-Series audio CD [4/2013] 11 tracks for $9.06
T-Series MP3 album download [4/2013] 11 tracks for $7.99
full credits at IMDbmovie entry at Wikipedia
watch Hindi-language official trailer [2:26] online at YouTube

"The Bandit" [India 1964]
by Nasir Khan

"The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" [2012] /tt1412386/

"The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" [2015] /tt2555736/

"Bombay"  or  "Bumbai"  [India 1995]
Bombay 1995 poster  A Hindu man and a Muslim woman marry and then flee their intolerant South India village to Bombay. When their parents visit for a reconciliation, the couple and parents and twin sons are separated during the religious riots of December 1992. Co-produced, co-written & directed by Mani Ratnam; starring Arvind Swamy, Manisha Koirala, Tinnu Anand, Nasser, Sonali Bendre & Prakash Raj
Eros color DVD [3/2003] for $49.99
full credits from IMDb; 'Bombay' entry at Wikipedia

"Calcutta" documentary
[France April 1969, USA Nov 1971]
Louis Malle's 1969 "Calcutta" documentary  Written, directed & narrated by Louis Malle
"A kaleidoscope of stunning visuals ... with minimal narration by the director"
New York Film DVD [6/2006] for $29.95
full credits from IMDb;
also available on DVD as part of "The Documentaries of Louis Malle" box set [2007]
Criterion Collection DVD box set [4/2007] 6 disks for $79.95
which also includes "Vive Le Tour" [1962 short]; "Phantom India" [1969] 7-episode TV miniseries {see below}; "Place de La République" [France April 1974]; "Humain, Trop Humain" [New Yorker Films Feb 1975]; "God's Country" [P.B.S. TV 1986]; and "...And The Pursuit of Happiness" [TV 1986]

"Caravan" [India 1971] /tt0066888/ by Nasir Hussain

"Chennai Express" Bollywood movie [India Aug 2013]
Chennai Express 2013 Bollywood box-office smash  A 40-year-old bachelor in Mumbai is tasked with delivering half of his grandfather's ashes to Rameswaram in Tamil Nadu, South India; he barely makes the express train to Chennai and helps a girl and four men also running after the train; turns out that the girl is the daughter of a Tamil Nadu gangster and she is being kidnapped by thugs who are her cousins . . .
Location filming in India (Goa, Hyderabad, Kerala, Maharashtra, Mumbai) and Jakarta, Indonesia; directed by Rohit Shetty; starring Deepika Padukone, Shah Rukh Khan, Satyaraj, Nikitin Dheer, Priyamani, Mukesh Tiwari, Kamini Kaushal; film currently ranks as the seventh-highest-grossing Indian film of all time
U.T.V. T Series color Blu-ray [10/2013] for $14.75
U.T.V. T Series color DVD w/English subtitles [10/2013] 2 disks for $9.35
U.T.V. color DVD [10/2013] for $12.27
U.T.V. T Series color DVD [10/2013] 2 disks for $13.19
full credits at IMDbmovie entry at Wikipedia
watch 6/2013 Hindi-language official trailer [2:25] online at YouTube

"The  Chess  Players" aka "Shatranj Ke Khilari"
[India March 1977, USA May 1978]
Stayajit Ray's Chess Players movie  Set in 1856 Lucknow, two noblemen play games of chess day & night, oblivious to the games being played outside their secluded world, including the British takeover of the territory ruled by their poetry-writing king. Co-written, directed & music by Satyajit Ray [1921-92]; based on a story by Munshi Premchand; starring Sanjeev Kumar, Saeed Jaffrey, Shabana Azmi, Farida Jalal, Victor Banerjee, Tom Alter, Amjad Khan & Richard Attenborough, with narration by Amitabh Bachchan
Kino Video color DVD [4/2006] for $26.99
full credits from IMDb

"Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge" [India 1980]
This earlier film with the same title is unimportant: the IMDb credits listing, for example, has only four names.

"Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge" [Yash Raj Films India Oct 1995]
yellow poster for 'Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge'  The film runs three hours and ten minutes; there are several train scenes, including the final sequence with a fistfight at the train station and the lovers running for the train just leaving. Two N.R.I. (non-resident Indians) meet on vacation in Europe and fall in love; they return to London, where her traditional father insists that she must now marry the boy that she was betrothed to at birth, and the family leaves for Punjab and the wedding. Raj follows, with all sorts of comedy and romance and singing and dancing. Film broke the previous record for 600 weeks (more than 11 years) of initial release in April 2007; release continued thru December 2014, setting a record of 1,000 weeks - over 19 years! (The movie is so popular that it is known by its initials 'DDLJ'!)
Co-produced by Yash Chopra; written & directed by Aditya Chopra; starring Shah Rukh Khan, Kajol, Amrish Puri, Farida Jalal & Anupam Kher; won eight Filmfare Awards: Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress, Best Comedian {AK}, Best Lyricist & Best Playback Singer; won Screen Weekly Awards for Best Film, Best Director & Best Actor
189-minute Yash Raj Films Hindi w/English subtitles widescreen color Blu-ray [12/2009] for $9.41
179-minute Yash Raj Films Special Edition Hindi w/English subtitles widescreen color DVD [11/2007] 2 disks for $14.95
Yash Raj Films Special Edition Hindi w/French subtitles widescreen color DVD [11/2007] 2 disks for $12.99
179-minute Yash Raj Films Hindi-language widescreen color DVD [11/2007] for $7.46
full credits at IMDbofficial movie sitemovie entry at Wikipedia
watch 1/2014 official trailer [2:19] online at YouTubewatch 11/2014 official 1,000-week trailer [2:13] online at YouTube

'Dilwale Dulhania le Jayenge' critical textbook by Anupama Chopra  "Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge" critical text [2003]
by Anupama Chopra

British Film Institute 6½x5½ pb [3/2003] for $14.95

"Dilwale Dulhania le Jayenge and Hits of Yash Raj" soundtrack album [2009]
Saregama Records soundtrack CD [12/2009] 13 tracks for $15.99

Aditya Chopra Relives DDLJ book as told to Nasreen Munni Kabir  "Aditya Chopra Relives... Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge" [2014]
As told to Nasreen Munni Kabir

Released on 14 December 2014 to celebrate the film completing 1,000 weeks of exhibition
at the Maratha Mandir Theater in Mumbai (which ended in February 2015 at 1,009 weeks).
Yash Raj Films 10¼x9¼ hardcover [12/2014] for $139.00 {sic}
Yash Raj Films hardcover [12/2014] out of print/used

"The Dirty Picture" [India Dec 2011] /tt1954206/
The love story between an actress and a director, inspired by the life of the late South Indian actress Silk Smitha.

"Earth" [Sept 1999]
Deepa Mehta's 'Earth'  After the British leave India in 1947, and a train arrives in Lahore with all its Muslim passengers murdered, the city's Hindu vs. Sikh vs. Muslim religious tensions erupt into violence. The story is told from the viewpoint of an eight-year-old crippled girl, and covers the relationships between her wealthy Parsi family, her beautiful nanny, the nanny's many suitors, and others in the neighborhood. Co-produced, adapted & directed by Deepa Mehta; starring Maia Sethna, Nandita Das, Aamir Khan, Gulshan Grover, Kulbhushan Kharbanda, Rahul Khanna, Eric Peterson & Kitu Gidwani
New Yorker Video widescreen color DVD [4/2003] for $21.99
New Yorker Video letterbox color VHS [10/2000] for $14.20
full credits from IMDb
Cracking India novel  
based on "Cracking India: A Novel" [1991]
by Bapsi Sidhwa

Milkweed Editions 8½x5½ pb [1/2006] for $10.85
Milkweed Editions 9¼x6¼ hardcover [9/91] out of print/used

Korda's "Elephant Boy" [1937] based on Rudyard Kipling's "Toomai of The Elephants"

"Enthiran / Robot / Robo" [Ayngaran Intl./Sun Pictures India Sept 2010]
poster for Enthiran / Robot / Robo 2010 movie from India  Bollywood epic running almost three hours; an android falls in love with his creator's bride-to-be; location filming in Goa, Peru, Brasil, India, Austria & VietNam • Co-written & directed by S. Shankar; music by A.R. Rahman; starring Rajinikanth {dual role}, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Danny Denzongpa, Santhanam, Karunas, Delhi Kumar, Cochin Hanifa, Kalabhavan Mani, Devadarshini Chetan, Sabu Cyril
155-minute Reliance Hindi-language w/Eng subtitles widescreen color DVD [2011] for $18.49
Hindi-language w/Eng subtitles color DVD [2011] for $39.00
Sri Balaji Video Telugu-language widescreen color DVD [2011] for $14.99
Tamil-language w/Eng subtitles color DVD [2011] 2 disks out of prodn/used
Amazon Instant Video w/English subtitles [2:56:00] rental $3.49, purchase $7.99
Think Music MP3 album by A.R. Rahman & others [4/2016] 7 tracks for $5.99
Think Music MP3 album by A.R. Rahman & others [7/2010] 7 tracks for $6.99
full credits at IMDbmovie entry at Wikipedia
watch 2-hour subtitled version [2:00:01] online at YouTube

"Enthiran 2.0" [Lyca Prodns Diwali 2017?]  10/2017
poster for 'Enthiran 2.0' 2017 movie from India  Budget of 350 crore rupees, making it the most expensive movie of Asia to date; takes place in year 2030 {not a sequel}: missiles attack San Francisco, London & Los Angeles so Chitti the Robot is rebuilt to save humanity • Directed by S. Shankar; starring Rajinikanth {dual role}, Akshay Kumar, Amy Jackson, Sudhanshu Pandey, Adil Hussain, Kalabhavan Shajohn, Riyaz Khan, Kaizaad Kotwal, Maya Krishnan
DVD/Blu-ray not yet available • full credits at IMDbmovie entry at Wikipedia

more / similar movies (synopses, sequels, stageplays, books & ebooks, links, merchandise) on
Spirit of America Bookstore's Robots & Cyborgs Page and Magic Lantern's Cyber Film Festival Page

"Fire" [U.S.A. Aug 1997, India Nov 1998]
Deepa Mehta's 'Fire'   A businessman takes a vow of celibacy and his wife is duty-bound to accept his decision; his brother agrees to an arranged marriage, but openly sees his half-Chinese mistress. The ignored sisters-in-law become fast friends, and absent the attentions of their husbands, eventually become lovers. Written & directed by Deepa Mehta; starring Shabana Azmi, Nandita Das, Kulbhushan Kharbanda, Alice Poon, Kushal Rekhi & Ranjit Chowdhry
New Yorker Video widescreen color DVD [6/2000] for $26.99
New Yorker Video widescreen color VHS [6/2000] out of prodn/used
full credits from IMDb

Best Picture Oscar     Best Director Oscar     Oscar for Best Original Script     Ben Kingsley won the Oscar for Best Actor     Oscar for Best Cinematography     Oscar for Best Editing     Oscar for Best Set Decoration
"Gandhi" [Columbia Dec 1982]
Gandhi 1982 movie poster  "It took one remarkable man to defeat the British Empire and free a nation of 350 million people. His goal was freedom for India. His strategy was peace. His weapon was his humanity." Directed by Richard Attenborough; screenplay by John Briley; starring Ben Kingsley (as Gandhi}, Candice Bergen, Edward Fox, John Gielgud, Trevor Howard, John Mills, Martin Sheen, Ian Charleson, Athol Fugard, Günther Maria Halmer, Saeed Jaffrey, Roshan Seth {as Nehru}, Rohini Hattangadi, Ian Bannen, Michael Bryant, Michael Hordern, Shreeram Lagoo, Om Puri & Daniel Day-Lewis; won Oscars for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Script, Best Actor (BK), Best Cinematography, Best Editing, Best Set Decoration, Oscar noms for Best Original Score, Best Costumes, Best Sound, Best Makeup; won 5 of 16 BAFTA noms, won DGA Award
Sony Special Edition widescreen color DVD [2/2007] 2 disks for $19.99
Sony widescreen color DVD [9/2001] out of prodn/used
R.C.A./Columbia color VHS [12/92] 2 tapes - out of prodn/used
full credits from IMDb
Ravi Shankar album Homage To Gandhi  
"Gandhi Screenplay" [1983] by John Briley
Grove/Atlantic Evergreen pb [3/83] for $1.98
"Homage To Mahatma Gandhi" album [2004] by Ravi Shankar
Deutsche Grammophon audio CD [7/2004] for $11.98

"Gandhi, My Father" [2007]

"Gunga  Din" [R.K.O. Jan 1939]
Gunga Din poster   In XIXth Century India, three happy-go-lucky British sergeants and a native water-bearer stand off an army of Thugee rebels at Khyber Pass. Directed by George Stevens; story by Ben Hecht & Charles MacArthur, based loosely on the poem by Rudyard Kipling [1865-1936]; script by Joel Sayre & Fred Guiol; starring Cary Grant, Victor McLaglen, Douglas Fairbanks Jr. & Sam Jaffe; Oscar nomination for Best B&W Cinematography, listed on National Film Registry (1999)
Warner b&w DVD [12/2004] for $14.99
Turner b&w VHS [5/93] out of prodn/used
full credits from IMDb

" i " [India Jan 2015] /tt2302966/
3h 8min directed by S. Shankar

"Junglee" [1961]

"Kahaani" hit movie [2012]

"Kites" [Reliance Big Pictures India & USA May 2010]
Kites bilingual Bollywood movie poster  An example of Simultaneous Bilingual Film Production: filmed in Hindi {130 minutes} and in English {90 minutes, recut by Brett Ratner} versions. Described as a 'dance-based romance thriller', the story is about lovers who meet in Las Vegas and end up near death in the desert; filmed on location in Las Vegas, Nevada, Los Angeles, California and Sante Fe, New Mexico. Co-written & directed by Anurag Basu; starring Hrithik Roshan, Bárbara Mori & Kangana Ranaut
DVD/Blu-ray not yet available • full credits at IMDb

listed #44 on Empire Magazine's Top 50 Sports Movies, July 2012  "Lagaan: Once Upon A Time In India"
[Aamir Khan / Sony Classics 2001]
Lagaan  The title is the Hindi word for 'land tax'. In the late 1800s, during the British Raj in India: A drought and an increase in the land tax threatens the existence of a village. The local military overseer challenges the villagers to a cricket match three months hence - if the villagers win, no taxes; if they lose, the taxes will be tripled. Written & directed by Ashutosh Gowariker; starring Aamir Khan, Raghuvir Yadav, Gracy Singh, Rachel Shelley & Paul Blackthorne Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Language Film; won 8 awards from Intl Indian Film Academy, including Best Picture
Columbia/TriStar widescreen DVD [1/2002] for $23.99
CTS color VHS [6/2002] 2 tapes for $21.21
Sony soundtrack audio CD [6/2001] out of stock/used
Musicrama soundtrack audio CD [7/2001] out of stock/used
full credits from IMDbofficial website
Spirit of Lagaan  
"The Spirit of Lagaan: The Extraordinary Story of The Creators of A Classic" [2002]
by Satyajit Bhatkal & W.A. Rodgers

Popular Prakashan pb [1/2002] for $21.95

"The Lunchbox (Dabba)" [India Sept 2013, USA Feb 2014]
___  "The lunchbox delivery system in Mumbai loses or mis-delivers barely one lunchbox in a million deliveries: this is the story of that one lunchbox." Co-produced, written & directed by Ritesh Batra; music by Max Richter; starring Irrfan Khan, Nimrat Kaur, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Lillete Dubey, Nakul Vaid & Bharati Achrekar; won many festival awards
Sony Pictures Home Ent. subtitled Blu-ray/DVD combo [DUE July 2014] 2 disks for $32.79
Sony Pictures Home Ent. subtitled Blu-ray [DUE July 2014] 2 disks for $37.98
full credits at IMDbofficial movie sitemovie entry at Wikipedia
watch official trailer [3:13] at YouTube
watch full movie online [1:40:43} at YouTube - in Hindi, NO subtitles

"Maya" [King Brothers/M.G.M. June 1966]
Maya movie  An American boy in India runs away after a fight with his father. Directed by John Berry; script by John Fante & Gilbert Wright, based on a novel by Lois Roth & Jalal Din; starring Clint Walker, Jay North & Sajid Kahn • full credits from IMDb
Warner Archive color DVD-R [10/2012] for $19.99
Warner Bros. color VHS [12/94] out of prodn/used

"Mera Naam Joker" [India Dec 1970]
six-sheet? poster for 'Mera Naam Joker' circus movie from India  In Hindi with English subtitles; four-hour saga in 3-parts; a poor boy follows his father's profession as a circus clown, giving his heart to the audience and also to various women, but losing each in the end. Directed by & starring Raj Kapoor; script by K.A. Abbas, based on elements of Kapoor's public & private life; also starring Simi Garewal, Manoj Kumar, Rishi Kapoor, Dharmendra, Dara Singh, Kseniya Ryabinkina, Padmini & Rajendra Kumar; won 5 India Filmfare Awards
Shemaroo Ent. 255-minute color DVD [1/2004] for $9.86
Shemaroo Ent. 224-minute color DVD [1/2004] for $6.82
full credits at IMDbmovie entry at Wikipedia

"Monkeys of Bollywood"  
animated feature musical [DreamWorks 2013?]
Announced January 2011: DreamWorks Animation signed husband-and-wife producing team Gurinder Chadha & Paul Berges, Broadway lyricist Stephen Schwartz, and Oscar-winning composer A.R. Rahman for the studio’s first animated feature musical, based on the Hindu epic poem “The Ramayana”. Set in modern Mumbai, the story revolves around two monkeys who try to stop an ancient demon from conquering the world.

"Mother India"  aka  "Bharat Mata"
[India Feb 1957]
Mother India poster  Considered 'The Gone With The Wind of India'. When a peasant couple are married, the mother-in-law borrows 500 rupees to pay for the wedding, thinking she is agreeing to one-fourth of future crops from their farm as payment. But the crooked village money-lender gets her to sign a mortgage on the land agreeing to three-quarters of the crops. Unable to bear the hardship, the husband disappears, and Radha raises her two sons, working the farm with them. Upon reaching adulthood, one son attacks the evil money-lender, is banished from the village, and becomes a bandit. Avoiding spoilers: The ending is tragic. Produced & directed by Mehboob Khan; starring Nargis, Kanhaiyalal, Sunil Dutt, Rajendra Kumar & Raaj Kumar; Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Language Film; 40 million rupee box office take set all-time record that stood for 3 years
Eros Ent. color DVD [9/2006] for $8.99
Eros Ent. color DVD [2/2003] out of prodn/used
full credits from IMDb

"Omkara" [Shemaroo/Eros July 2006]
Omkara musical film directed & composed by Vishal Bharadwaj  An updated, uniquely Indian musical version of Shakespeare's Othello, set in modern rural Uttar Pradesh. Co-written, directed & original music by Vishal Bharadwaj; starring Ajay Devgan, Saif Ali Khan, Kareena Kapoor, Bipasha Basu, Vivek Oberoi, Naseeruddin Shah & Konkona Sen Sharma
Eros Ent. color DVD [4/2007] 2 disks for $17.99
full credits at IMDbmovie entry at Wikipedia

"The Perfect Murder" [Merchant-Ivory July 1988]
The Perfect Murder movie (H.R.F. Keating & Insp. Ghote)  Someone attempts to kill an employee in the home of an upper-caste family, and Insp. Ghote of Bombay, India C.I.D. is under pressure to solve this and several other cases, as well as dealing with a visiting pro-fessor. Co-written & directed by Zafar Hai, co-written by H.R.F. Keating, from his book; starring Nasee-ruddin Shah {as Ghote}, Stellan Skarsgård, Amjad Khan, Madhur Jaffrey, Annu Kapoor, Archana Puran Singh, Dalip Tahil, Dinshaw Daji, Johnny Walker, Mohan Agashe, Rajesh Vivek, Ratna Pathak & Salim Ghouse
Merchant-Ivory widescreen color DVD [1/2005] for $15.52
full credits from IMDbofficial movie site
based on the 1964 novel by H.R.F. Keating [1926-2011]
Academy Chicago Publrs 8x5 pb [10/97] for $10.95

"Phantom  India" documentary
[7-episode TV miniseries; France July 1969, USA Oct 1972]
cameraman atop elephant from "Phantom India"  Directed & narrated by Louis Malle; "magical" and "overwhelming"
full credits from IMDb;
available on DVD only as part of "The Documentaries of Louis Malle" box set [2007]
Criterion Collection DVD box set [4/2007] 6 disks for $79.95
which also includes "Vive Le Tour" [1962 short]; "Calcutta" [1969] {see above}; "Place de La République" [France April 1974]; "Humain, Trop Humain" [New Yorker Films Feb 1975]; "God's Country" [P.B.S. TV 1986]; and "...And The Pursuit of Happiness" [TV 1986]

"The  Rising:  Ballad  of  Mangal  Pandey"
[India Aug 2005]
Rising / Ballad of Mangal Pandey  Mangal Pandey was a true-life sepoy (soldier) employed by the de facto ruler of India, the exloitative & ruthless British East India Company. When the new Enfield cartridges are rumored to be covered with beef and pig fat (an offense to both Hindu & Muslim soldiers), Capt. Gordon assures all that the rumor is false, and Pandey is the first to bite the cartridge and release the gunpowder (the year is 1857). When the rumor is later proved true, an enraged Pandey incites 300,000 Hindustani soldiers to rebellion. Directed by Ketan Mehta; starring Aamir Khan, Rani Mukerji, Toby Stephens, Kiron Kher, Coral Beed, Amisha Patel, Joel Guyton Lee & Om Puri
Yashraj Films subtitled widescreen color DVD [8/2005] for $29.99
full credits from IMDb; Wikipedia

RP's Mangal Pandey movie fansite

"The  River" aka "Le Fleuve"
[United Artists; U.S.A. Sept 1951, France Dec 1951]
Renoir's 'The River'  Three teenage girls – a daughter of English settlers, a daughter of an American industrialist, and a Bengali-American – vie for the innocent affections of a dashing Captain. Renoir, as usual, brings his poetic sensibilities to another view of the human condition. Co-produced, co-written & directed by Jean Renoir [1894-1979]; assistant director Satyajit Ray [1921-92]; co-written by Rumer Godden, from her novel; starring Patricia Walters, Radha, Adrienne Corri, Thomas E. Breen, Nora Swinburne, Esmond Knight, Arthur Shields & Suprova Mukerjee
Criterion Special Edition color DVD [3/2005] for $24.99
HomeVision color VHS [6/2000] out of prodn/used
full credits from IMDbmovie entry at Wikipedia
The River novel  
based on the 1946 novel by Rumer Godden, OBE [1907-98]
Pan 7½x5 pb [4/2004] for $11.67
Viking 8¾x5¾ hardcover [9/88] for $22.95

"Road, Movie" [India March 2010, USA May 2010]
Road, Movie from India by Dev Benegal  Eager to escape his boring smalltown life, Vishnu agrees to drive an ancient truck to the seacoast, and after leaving discovers that the truck contains an old touring cinema, with two movie projectors and a library of films; he picks up several hitchhikers and blunders into the domain of corrupt police and a water baron, but they manage to escape each night after showing one of the dazzling movies. Written & directed by Dev Benegal; starring Abhay Deol, Mohammed Faisal, Tannishtha Chatterjee, Satish Kaushik, Yashpal Sharma & Veerendra Saxena
DVD/Blu-ray not yet available • full credits at IMDbmovie entry at Wikipediaofficial movie site

"Salaam Bombay!" [India 1988]
Produced & directed by Mira Nair; Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Language Film

"7 Days In Slow Motion" [India April 2009]
7 Days In Slow Motion movie from India  Ravi's mother has designed his life as a pie chart, with 60% study and 0.2% fun. When he and his movie-obsessed friends find a camera lost by a tourist, they break with the plans made for them and instead of studying for the big exam in seven days, decide to somehow make their movie in the streets of Hyderabad. Written & directed by Umakanth Thumrugoti; starring Teja, Shiva Varma, Kunal Sharma, Rajeshwari Sachdev, Vivek Mushran, Ayesha Jalil & Josiah Polhemus
DVD/Blu-ray not available • full credits at IMDbofficial movie site

"Shakespeare Wallah" [Merchant-Ivory Dec 1965]
Shakespeare Wallah 1965 film from Merchant-Ivory  A family of English actors travel around India performing plays by Shakespeare; as time passes, India changes around them until even the acting venues are replaced by Bollywood movies. Produced by Ismail Merchant; co-written & directed by James Ivory; co-written by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala; original music by Satyajit Ray; starring Shashi Kapoor, Felicity Kendal, Geoffrey Kendal, Laura Liddell, Madhur Jaffrey, Utpal Dutt, Praveen Paul, Prayag Raj, Pinchoo Kapoor, Jim D. Tytler, Hamid Sayani, Marcus Murch & Jennifer Kendal; Madhur Jaffrey won Silver Berlin Bear for Best Actress
Merchant Ivory widescreen b&w DVD [4/2004] for $25.91
Nelson Ent. b&w VHS [3/91] for $34.98
Epic vinyl soundtrack album [1966] out of prodn/scarce
full credits at IMDbofficial movie sitemovie entry at Wikipedia

watch official "Shakespeare Wallah" trailer/slideshow [0:54] online at Internet Archive

"Siddharth" [Poor Man/Zeitgeist Films June 2014]  
Siddharth film from India  "gorgeous, spellbinding" • Filmed in Delhi & Mumbai; a father who ekes out a living as a chain-wallah (fixing zippers} on the bustling streets of New Delhi sends his 12-year-old son to work in a distant factory; when the boy doesn't come home for the Diwali holiday, the man and his wife slowly begin to suspect that he was kidnapped by child traffickers. Co-produced, co-written & directed by Richie Mehta; starring Rajesh Tailang, Tannishtha Chatterjee, Anurag Arora, Shobha Sharma Jassi, Geeta Agrawal Sharma, Amitabh Srivasta, Mukesh Chhabra, Khushi Mathur & Irfan Khan
DVD/Blu-ray not yet available • full credits at IMDbofficial movie site
watch 5/2014 official U.S. trailer [1:40] at YouTube

"Sholay"  aka "Embers" or "Flames"
[India August 1975]
Bollywood classic Sholay  The highest grossing film of all time in India: A handless retired policeman exacts revenge for the murder of his family by a dacoit (bandit) chief with the help of two convicts. Directed by Ramesh Sippy; starring Sanjeev Kumar, Amitabh Bachchan, Dharmendra, Hema Malini, Jaya Bhaduri & Amjad Khan; 150 million rupee box office take set all-time record that stood for 19 years
Eros Ent. color DVD [6/2003] for $6.54
full credits from IMDbmovie entry at Wikipedia
"Ram Gopal Varma Ki Aag"
[India & USA August 2007]
Ram Gopal Varma Ki Aag movie poster  A remake of "Sholay" [1975]; name changed per court order
Co-written, produced & directed by Ram Gopal Varma; starring Ajay Devgan, Prashant Raj Sachdev, Amitabh Bachchan, Mohanlal, Nisha Kothari & Sushmita Sen
video/DVD not yet available • full credits at IMDb
movie entry at Wikipediaofficial movie site

"Slumdog Millionaire"
[Pathé / Fox Searchlight USA Nov 2008, India Jan 2009]
won Oscar for Best Picture   won Oscar for Best Director  won Oscar for Best Script/Adaptation  won Oscar for Best Cinematography    
won Oscar for Best Original Music Score  won Oscar for Best Original Song  won Oscar for Best Editing  won Oscar for Best Sound    

Oscar-winning Slumdog Millionaire movie poster (red)  

A young man from the slums of Mumbai becomes a contestant on a TV game show (the Hindi version of "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?") and answers so many questions correctly that the game show host and law enforcement officials suspect some form of cheating. The surrounding story concerns religious rioting in his childhood, surviving with his brother and others on the streets as beggars, his brother's involvement with a local gangster, and finding the little girl that he has always loved (now grown up and the mistress of the gangster).
Directed by Danny Boyle (co-directed in India by Loveleen Tandan); written by Simon Beaufoy, based on the novel "Q & A" by Vikas Swarup; original music by A.R. Rahman; starring Dev Patel, Freida Pinto, Anil Kapoor, Irrfan Khan, Madhur Mittal & Mahesh Manjrekar; won eight Oscars (of ten noms): Best Picture, Best Director, Best Script/Adaptation, Best Cinematography, Best Original Music Score, Best Original Song, Best Editing, & Best Sound; won 7 BAFTA Awards, including Best Film; D.G.A. Award, P.G.A. Award, S.A.G. Award, U.S.C. Scripter Award, WGA Award, many others
Fox widescreen color on Blu-ray [3/2009] 2 disks for $18.99
Fox widescreen color DVD [3/2009] for $14.99
Interscope Records soundtrack CD [12/2008] 13 tracks for $9.99
27"x40" red poster from Amazon for $19.99
27"x40" black poster from Amazon for $19.99
full credits from IMDbmovie entry at Wikipediaofficial movie site
Q & A / Slumdog Millionaire novel by Vikas Swarup  
"Q & A: A Novel" [2005]
by Indian author and diplomat Vikas Swarup

Scribner 8x5¼ movie tie-in pb [11/2008] for $10.20
Scribner 8½x5¾ hardcover [7/2005] for $18.00
B.B.C. Audiobooks America audio CD read by Kerry Shale [9/2005] for $21.24

"Slumdog Dreams: Danny Boyle and The Making of Slumdog Millionaire"
[Pathé TV / Picture Production Co. Feb 2009]
23-minute documentary short co-produced & co-directed by Albert Sharpe & Dan Skinner
available on DVD & Blu-ray above; full credits from IMDb

"3 Idiots" [Reliance Big Pictures Dec 2009]
record-breaking 3 Idiots film from India  Broke many India box office records and became the highest-grossing movie in India film history (in just two months); runs almost 3 hours. Three brilliant students at an engineering university in Delhi go against the nasty college dean. Co-written & directed by Rajkumar Hirani; co-written by Abhijit Joshi & Vidhu Vinod Chopra, loosely based on novel by Chetan Bhagat {below}; starring Aamir Khan, R. Madhavan, Sharman Joshi, Kareena Kapoor, Omi Vaidya, Parikshit Sahni, Mona Singh, Javed Jaffrey, Dushyant Wagh & Boman Irani; won 6 India Filmfare Awards & 10 India Star Screen Awards; 200+ million rupee box office take set a new all-time record that still stands
Reliance subtitled widescreen color Blu-ray [12/2010] for $20.89
Fox Home Ent. widescreen color DVD [4/2011] for $18.99
full credits at IMDbmovie entry at Wikipediaofficial movie site
"Five Point Someone" aka "5 Point Someone" novel by Chetan Bhagat  
"Five Point Someone: What Not To Do At I.I.T." [2004]
by Chetan Bhagat

Rupa & Co. / South Asia Books 8¼x5½ pb [4/2006] for $14.95
author's official website

"Train To Pakistan"  [India 1998]
Train To Pakistan 1998 Hindi film  When India gained its freedom from the English in 1946, Pakistan was separated from India (and the eastern part later became Bangladesh). Not all of the residents were happy with the changes, and the Hindus and the Muslims and the Sikhs clashed in deadly riots. The film is based on the classic novel by Khushwant Singh about events in a small border village. Co-produced, adapted & directed by Pamela Rooks; starring Nirmal Pandey, Rajit Kapur, Mohan Agashe, Smriti Mishra, Mangal Dhillon, Divya Dutta
Video Sound all-region color DVD [2006] for $6.79
Video Sound color DVD [1997?] for $11.34
NDFC Shemaroo color DVD w/English subtitles [undated] for $15.50
full credits at IMDbmovie entry at Wikipedia
Train To Pakistan classic 1956 novel by Khushwant Singh  "Train To Pakistan: A Novel" [Chatto & Windus 1956]
by Khushwant Singh, Introduction by Arthur Lall

Kindle Edition from Penguin [2/2016] for $3.75 {sic}
Penguin 7¾x5¼ pb [2/2016] out of print/50+ used
Grove Press mass pb [1956] out of print/used
Grove Press 8¼x5½ pb [2/94] for $10.27
South Asia Books 7x5 hardcover [6/2003] out of print/used
South Asia Books 7¼x4¾ hardcover [5/99] out of print/used
book entry at Wikipediaauthor entry at Wikipedia
Roli Books in New Delhi published a 50th Anniversary Edition that includes 66 photographs
of the partition violence by Margaret Bourke-White [1904-71]
Roli Books pb [2006] out of print/used

"Tumsa Nahin Dekha" [1957]

[Fox Searchlight/Téléfilm Canada April 2006]
Water movie  Set in India in 1938, the film reveals the still-existing Hindu traditions that force lower-caste widows into literal imprisonment. Production was started in 1999 in Benares, India, and quickly shut down by politically motivated attacks; production was restarted 3 years later in Sri Lanka. Written & directed by Deepa Mehta; starring Sarala, Lisa Ray, John Abraham, Seema Biswas, Manorama, Raghuvir Yadav & Khulbushan Kharbanda; Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Language Film {a film of Canada}
Fox widescreen color DVD [8/2006] for $10.99
Varese Sarabande soundtrack CD [12/2005] for $14.99
full credits from IMDbofficial movie sitedistributor's movie site
Water book   Novelization by Bapsi Sidhwa [2006]
Milkweed Editions 8x5 pb [4/2006] for $11.63

"Shooting Water: A Memoir of Second Chances, Family & Filmmaking" [2006]
by Devyani Saltzman {daughter of Deepa Mehta}

Newmarket 7¾x5 pb [9/2007] for $14.95
Newmarket 8¼x5¼ hardcover [4/2006] for $23.95

"What If: Superheros Were Indians?"
[amateur video on YouTube]
film is probably in Hindi, with no subtitles (and the footage is still funny!)
watch 4/2015 short video [4:46] online at YouTube

"What If: Batman Was From Chennai?"
[amateur video on YouTube]
watch 4/2015 short video with subtitles [8:21] online at YouTube

"What If: Batman Returns To Chennai?"
[amateur video on YouTube]
watch 8/2015 short video with subtitles [12:34] online at YouTube

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