Made in India – 5th Edition

Poster 2014

The Montreal Indian Film Festival
Made in India
5th edition

October 8 – 12,  2014

At the Cinémathèque québécoise
335, De Maisonneuve Blvd Est
Montréal, QC, H2X 1K1
Metro Berri-UQAM (De Maisonneuve )

In collaboration with the Cinémathèque québécoise, the CERIAS (Centre d’études et de recherche sur l’Inde, l’Asie du Sud et sa diaspora), the Institut d’études internationales de Montréal de l’Université du Québec à Montréal, the UQÀM Week of India, and the High Commission of India, Ottawa.

 Cinematheque québécoise CERIAS institut d'études internationales de Montréal

Wednesday, October 8, 2014 at 6:30pm
Conférence-Panel sur Bollywood

Cinémathèque québécoise, Salle Fernand-Séguin


Caroline Tabah, film maker, Indian cinema researcher, lecturer, UQAM
Marie-Ève Lefebvre, doctoral candidate in communications, Concordia University
Catherine Bernier, doctoral candidate in Film and Moving Image Studies, Faculty of Fine Arts, Concordia University
Moderator : Thomas Waugh, Director, Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema, Concordia University

Wednesday, October 8, 2014 at 8:30pm
Bollywood : The Greatest Story Ever Told
 by Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra and Jeff Zimbalist
Cinémathèque québécoise, Salle Claude-Jutra

Bollywood Greatest  Story Ever Told


“We love it. We hate it. We see it as regressive. We need it to breathe it to feel alive, and yet complain about its polluted air. Some say it’s melodramatic. Others call it mythic.  Some say it is the only culture that holds India together. Others say it is the greatest corrupting influence on Indians and would banish it from our shores. Some say it gives identity and individuality to 25 million Indians that have le ft her shores and who’s third generations that are still addicted to it. …

A love a affair between almost 2 billion people worldwide that has lasted over 70 years, and not only refuses to stop. It keeps growing. Embracing its most important, it’s most vilified, it’s most loved element. The song and dance. The music. No Bollywood film needs to be called a musical. It needs no such excuse. It just is one. Regardless of the genre.

 How does Bollywood reflect the changing history and moralities of the largest and youngest democracies in the world? Filmmakers, Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra and Jeff Zimbalist try to analyse Bollywood and give up. Or give in. To its overpowering beat and sensuality. Preferring to give you an experience of Bollywood f or you to decide. For how do you define a love affair?”   – Shekhar Kapur, Producer

A spectacular and powerful montage of scenes from a wealth of classic Bollywood films, mixed with documentary scenes from the history of India, and interviews of actors, filmmakers, and producers.

Screened at Cannes in 2011 and 2013, this film shows us the stunning world of India, from both the political and cultural perspectives.

A film tribute to Bollywood cinema and to India, this ever-changing country.

For sure, strong emotions will overwhelm you during the screening of this superb documentary film Bollywood, The Greatest Love Story Ever Told !

India. 2011. Dir.: Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra and Jeff Zimbalist. 81minutes.  Digital projection. With: Aishwarya Rai, Katrina Kaif, Amitabh  Bachchan, Anil Kapoor, Madhuri Dixit, Sherkhar Kapur, Dev Anand, Shammi Kapoor, Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, Gulzar, Javed Akhtar, Saroj Khan. Original Hindi and English version, with English subtitles.


Thursday, October 9, 2014 at 4:00pm
Barefoot to Goa
 by Praveen Morchhale
Cinémathèque québécoise, Salle Claude-Jutra

Barefoot to Goa

A hit at festivals in and around India, Barefoot to Goa explores, with great sensitivity, the Indian middle-class dilemma of what to do with ageing parents and the inter-generational ties that bind families together. Diya and Prakhar live with their busy parents in bustling Mumbai. Their grandmother in rural Goa regularly sends her son and family countless letters asking them to visit, but never gets a reply, even though her grandchildren love her dearly. One day, the kids discover that their mum has been hiding the un-opened letters in a box. They read that their grandmother is ill and upset; they decide to set off to see her in Goa by themselves.

Director’s Note –

Barefoot to Goa is a kaleidoscope of modern society, as seen through the eyes of children, with its contradictions of modernity, economic expansion and traditions. In today’s era of the nuclear family, and race for materialistic achievements and migration to big cities, ageing parents are being ignored and they are assumed as a burden. It might be due to the pressure of city life, space constraints and economic limitations. All these lead to the disintegration of the family, and old age parents are left to fend for themselves at the far end of their life. I understand our ageing parents / old age people don’t expect anything except love and caring. But do we really care about them? Are we not responsible for this situation of neglect and their abandoning? The film’s morally correct child protagonists, revolt silently against their parents, and embark on a journey to bring back their abandoned grandmother. They face challenges and hurdles which raise questions; for those, we have no answers.

A first feature film for Praveen Morchhale, a success in various world festivals, a first in North America!!!

“Barefoot to Goa is a poetic journey of the discovery of life by innocence” – Hardnews Magazine

“ Barefoot to Goa is a breath of fresh air for Indian Cinema” – Jugu Abraham,  Hindustan Times ex-Film Critic

Barefoot to Goa inevitably brings to one’s mind the 1955 Satyajit Ray masterpiece Pather Panchali.  Barefoot to Goa is the crowning jewel of this new avant-garde movement in Hindi cinema”.  Film Critic Murtaza Ali

India. 2014. Dir.: Praveen Morchhale, 80 minutes.  DCP digital projection With : Farrukh Jaffar, Saara Nahar, Prakhar Morchhale. Original Hindi version, with English subtitles.


Thursday, October 9, 2014 at 6:30pm
Apur Panchali
(APU’S SONG) by Kaushik Ganguly
Cinémathèque québécoise, Salle Fernand-Seguin


One of the greatest child characters in the history of cinema, is the little boy Apu in Satyajit Ray’s Pather Panchali (Song of the Little Road). Kaushik Ganguly’s heart-touching, jewel box of a film, is inspired by the real-life actor Subir Banerjee, who played the young Apu. 58 years after Pather Panchali, a film student goes in search of Subir. He carries news that a German film festival is keen to honour Subir, but the student discovers a reticent older man, whose life has ironically reflected the tragic character he played. With sparkling character performances, intercut with Ray’s Apu trilogy, this film is cineaste heaven.

A breath of fresh air and pure cinematic delight!

India. 2014. Dir.: Kaushik Ganguly, 79 minutes.  DCP digital projection With : Parambrata Chatterjee, Parno Mitra, Ardhendu Banerjee, Gaurav Chakrabarty Original Bengali version, with English subtitles.

Thursday, October 9, 2014 at 8:30pm
 Mahabharata by Peter Brook
Cinémathèque québécoise, Salle Claude-Jutra


“Director Peter Brook collaborates with writer Jean-Claude Carrière for this screen adaptation of the epic, 100000-stanza Sanskrit poem tracing mankind’s quest for universal truth as explored through the ongoing conflict between two warring families – the Pandavas and the Kauravas.”  – Jason Buchanan, Rovi

The Mahabharata is an epic, with heroes and gods, mythical creatures. Meanwhile, this work of art is personal. This is to say that the characters are vulnerable, full of contradictions, fully human.” – Peter Brook

Man of theatre, but also of cinema, Peter Brook has the natural ability to transpose theatre into cinema, in adaptations which are a true works of cinema. Here is a superb three hour version of the great Mahabharata.

International. 1989. Dir.: Peter Brook, 163 minutes.  35mm projection. With : Maurice Bénichou, Erika Alexander, Amba Bihler. Original English version, with French subtitles.


Friday, October 10, 2014 at 4:00pm

Cinémathèque québécoise, Salle Claude-Jutra

Whistling Woods

Special program of excellent student short films from the Whistling Woods International Institute of Mumbai, India.

Whistling Woods campusThe film school is supported by the Indian filmmaker Subhash Ghai, the production company Mukta Arts Limited, and Film City studios.

India. Original versions with English subtitles.

Friday, October 10, 2014 at 6:30pm
Astu by Sumitra Bahave and Sunil Sukthankar
Cinémathèque québécoise, Salle Fernand-Seguin


The new Marathi film Astu  (So Be it) revolves around Mr. Shastri, a retired Sanskrit professor who in due course suffers from Alzheimer’s and goes missing while travelling with his daughter. While lost, he gets fascinated with an elephant walking on the street and goes to stay with the family who owns the  elephant…

Starring Dr. Mohan Agashe in the role of Appa. Agashe, who, aside from being an actor, is also a psychiatrist.  Dr. Agashe performs beautifully, and with great sensitivity as this character with Alzheimer’s disease.

 Astu is the 14th film by the directors Sumitra Bahave and Sunil Sukthankar. Astu has won and continues to win many prizes in several international film festivals, and we have the great fortune to have it here in Montreal!

India. 2014. Dir. : Sumitra Bhave and Sunil Sukthankar, 123 minutes. DCP digital projection. With : Dr. Mohan Agashe, Iravati Harshe, Milind Soman, Amruta Subhash, Devika Daftardar. Original Marathi version, with English subtitles.

Friday, October 10, 2014 at 8:30pm
Bhaag Milkha Bhaag by Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra
Cinémathèque québécoise, Salle Claude-Jutra

Bhaag Milkha Bhaag

Milkha Singh. For some, the name evokes a faint memory from the pages of history. What is most remembered is that Milkha Singh, hailed as the Flying Sikh, was a famous athlete who lost the 400-meter finals at the Rome Olympics.

Bhaag Milkha Bhaag attempts to understand this catastrophic loss that was deemed a sure victory, and explores, through the darkness of disgrace, Milkha’s redemption; the redemption and catharsis that comes when he confronts his past. Milkha ironically finds himself in a place wherein he had lost everything, his family, his childhood: Pakistan. The demons hidden in some dark corners of his consciousness come alive…

 Award-winning scriptwriter and film director Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra tells us, with a cinematic virtuosity, the true story of the “Flying Sikh”, one of the most iconic athletes of India.

India. 2013. Dir. : Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, 189 minutes. DCP digital projection. With : Farhan Akhtar, Sonam Kapoor, Hikaru Ito, Meesha Shafi, Divya Dutta, Prakash Taj, Pawan Malhotra, Yograj Singh. Original Hindi version, with English subtitles.


Saturday, October 11, 2014 at 5:00pm
 by Nagesh Kukunoor
Cinémathèque québécoise, Salle Claude-Jutra

Lakshmi Poster

Based on true events, Lakshmi is a story of heroism and untold courage. Lakshmi, a 14 year old girl is kidnapped and sold into prostitution. Thrown into this horrific, inhuman world, Lakshmi is under the control of the ruthless Reddy brothers. Against all odds, Lakshmi, broken, shows courage where everybody else fails.

 Scriptwriter and director Nagesh Kukunoor has been hailed by critics and audiences for his flawless interpretation of the horrors of child trafficking and sexual slavery in India, where more than 50000 kidnappings and disappearances are recorded each year. An overwhelming majority of these cases remain unresolved.

LakshmiArriving on the scene of Indian cinema 15 years ago, Kukunoor is charting a new course, and a new kind of independent film. He wrote, produced, acted in, and directed films with great success. Known for his intense and deeply authentic film direction, Lakshmi is the ultimate example of the philosophy of the filmmaker.

A powerful film, not to be missed!

India. 2014. Dir. : Nagesh Kukunoor. 109 min. DCP digital projection. With : Monali Thakur, Nagesh Kukunoor, Satish Kaushik, Shefali Shah, Ram Kapoor, Gulfam Khan. Original Hindi version, with English subtitles.

Postcard BACK 2014