Indisk konstfilm på Uppsala universitet

A Series of Indian Art Films at Uppsala University

Place: Ihresalen (Engelska parken, Thunbergsvägen 3H) at 17:15 on Wednesdays

30.10. Water (2005)

The film examines the plight of a group of widows forced into poverty at a temple in the holy city of Varanasi. It focuses on a relationship between one woman, who wants to escape the social restrictions imposed on widows, and a man who is from the highest caste and a follower of Mahatma Gandhi.

Director:  Deepa Mehta. Writers:  Anurag Kashyap (dialogue), Deepa Mehta. Stars:  Lisa Ray, John Abraham, Seema Biswas.

13.11. Umrao Jan (1981)

In Faizabad, British India, Daroga Dilawar is sentenced to several years in prison after Amiran’s dad testifies against him. After his discharge around 1840, he extracts his vengeance by abducting Amiran and selling her to a brothel. It is here Amiran will be re-named Umrao Jaan. Years later, Umrao has grown up and is an accomplished poetess as well as an extraordinary dancer. She has many patrons, chief amongst them are Nawab Sultan and his father. The young Nawab is smitten by Umrao’s beauty and her poems, but is finally forced to marry a girl of his mother’s choice, leaving behind a heart-broken and devastated Umrao, who seeks solace in the arms of Faiz Ali and finally elopes with him, only to find out that he is a wanted bandit, and is shot down and killed by some guards. Umrao re-locates to Lucknow where she establishes herself as a Poet and dancer, but is hunted down by brothel-keepers, Gohar Mirza and Husseini and brought back, where she is told that she must marry Gohar. Watch what Umrao does to escape from being married against her will, and her attempts to try and find her way back to her parents.

Director: Muzaffar Ali. Writers: Mirza Muhammad Hadi Ruswa (novel), Shama Zaidi (screenplay). Stars: Rekha, Farooq Shaikh, Naseeruddin Shah.


27.11. Monsoon Wedding (2001)

A stressed father, a bride-to-be with a secret, a smitten event planner, and relatives from around the world create much ado about the preparations for an arranged marriage in India.

Director:  Mira Nair. Writer: Sabrina Dhawan. Stars:  Naseeruddin Shah, Lillete Dubey, Shefali Shetty.


Organizer: Prof. Heinz Werner Wessler, Department of Linguistics and Philology, Uppsala University in collaboration with the Forum for South Asia Studies


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