Made in India – 3rd Edition

Made in India
3rd edition of the Montreal Indian Film Festival 

November 8 to 11, 2012
At the Cinéma du Parc, 3575 Avenue du Parc, Montreal

When one thinks about Indian cinema, what typically first comes to mind are movies from the Bollywood film industry; these films shot mainly in Mumbai, in Hindi, averaging three hours long, punctuated by song and dance sequences, with incredible stories and colourful characters! Of course, the cinema of India is that, but it is much more. The third edition of Made in India, which will be held from November 8 to 11, at the Cinema du Parc, offers forays into other cinemas of India: Marathi cinema, Malayalam cinema, auteur cinema, independent Hindi cinema, and of course, Bollywood cinema!

Did you know that the first Indian film was a Marathi movie? On the eve of the centenary of Indian cinema, Made in India will open its program with the funny and refreshing Harishchandrachi Factory, which tells the story of the father of Indian cinema, Dadasaheb Phalke, and his passion which gave India its first film.

Coming from the new generation of Marathi filmmakers, Umesh Vinayak Kulkarni gives us the beautiful film Vihir (The Well). A filmmaker faithful to the tradition of social Marathi film, who has enriched his work with a wonderfully personal and modern style.

Malayalam is the language spoken by approximately 35 million people in Kerala, a South-Western state of India. For the first time, The Montreal Indian Film Festival will present Aadaminte Makan Abu (Abu, Son of Adam), a Malayalam film from Kerala which has a rich tradition of auteur cinema.

The 3rd edition of Made in India will also host its first documentary film! Big in Bollywood – From a Hollywood Zero to a Bollywood Hero – tells the amazing story of an Indian actor, born in the USA, who receives a proposal to play a role in 3 Idiots, the most popular Bollywood movie of India. Overnight, Omi Vaidya became one of the biggest stars, worshiped across India. A hilarious documentary, which has won numerous awards in various film festivals. Not to be missed!

Presented for the first time with French subtitles, the blockbuster 3 Idiots, which had a strong impact on the youth of India, is a must see, and after viewing Big in Bollywood, it will bring you even more pleasure!

In India, there are also great wonders made with small budgets… Do not miss the touching Stanley Ka Dabba filmed entirely with a single Canon EOS 7D camera and the complicity of 170 children…

Other film treasures from India are part of Made in India, The Montreal Indian Film Festival. You are therefore invited to explore this third edition, rich in humanity and diversity.

THURSDAY NOVEMBER 8
9:00 PM – Harishchandrachi Factory (Original Marathi version with English subtitles), 97 minutes.

FRIDAY NOVEMBER 9
7:15 PM – Aadaminte Makan Abu (Abu, Son of Adam) (Original Malayalam version with English subtitles), 101 minutes.
9:15 PM – Kahaani (Story) (Original Hindi version with English subtitles), 122 minutes.

SATURDAY NOVEMBER 10
1:45 PM – Awaara (Original Hindi version with English subtitles),193 min.
5:15 PM – Big in Bollywood (Original English version), 69 minutes.
6:45 PM – Vihir (The Well) (Original Marathi version with English subtitles), 135 minutes.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 11
2:15 PM – Stanley Ka Dabba (Original Hindi version with English subtitles), 96 minutes.
4:00 PM – 3 Idiots (Original Hindi version with French subtitles), 170 minutes.

Harishchandrachi Factory by Paresh Mokashi

Opening movie.

Harishchandrachi Factory is a remarkably entertaining historical account of the birth of the Indian film industry. Dadasaheb Phalke, printer and amateur magician, is overwhelmed when he sees a silent movie from the West for the first time. Facing various problems, and helped by his family, Phalke creates the first ever film made in India, based on the Indian mythology: Râjâ Harishchandra.

Funny and refreshing, this first film written, directed and produced by Paresh Mokashi has received various international awards and honors. This film, about the great pioneer of Indian cinema, has been chosen to represent India at the Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film.

India. 2009. Dir.: Paresh Mokashi. 97 minutes. Digital projection. With: Nandu Madhav, Vibhawari Deshpande and Atharva Karve. Original Marathi version with English subtitles.

Aadaminte Makan Abu (Abu, Son of Adam) by Salim Ahmed

Aadaminte Makan Abu Aadaminte Makan Abu is a meditative story about the determination of an aging couple to perform the Islamic pilgrimage of Hajj, in Mecca. However, funding such a trip requires from Abu, the small perfume merchant, numerous questions and sacrifices… A beautiful story of friendship and hope.

This becalmed, revelatory cinematic experience unpretentiously explores virtue, loyalty, and devotion against the picturesque simplicity of rural Kerala. This first contemplative feature film won various national and international awards and has travelled to many renowned film festivals around the world. The beauty of Kerala is beautifully enhanced by the director of photography, Madhu Ambat. Aadaminte Makan Abu is a fascinating window opened on the life and culture of Muslims in southern India.

Quebec premiere.

India. 2011. Dir.: Salim Ahamed. 101 minutes. Digital Projection. With: Salim Kumar and Zarina Wahab. Original Malayalam version with English subtitles.

Awaara (The Tramp) by Raj Kapoor

From the Golden age of Indian cinema, this classic from the director, screenwriter, singer, producer and actor Raj Kapoor is one of the top 100 movies of all time, according to Time magazine.

The pregnant wife of a renowned judge of Bombay is kidnapped by the brigand Jagga. She gave birth to a boy, Raju. When she is freed, the judge, jealous, and unaware of his son, refuses to see her. The child, Raju became friends with Rita,
but Jagga takes him back, and he becomes a vagabond. Raju later finds himself brought to justice, and Rita, who became a lawyer, tries to get him back on the

right path. In this film, which debates destiny and inheritance, the legendary filmmaker Raj Kapoor gives his father the role of judge. The character of the tramp, Raju, is reminiscent of certain aspects of the character of Charlie Chaplin.

India. 1951. Dir.: Raj Kapoor. 193 minutes. B &W. Digital projection. With: Raj Kapoor, Nargis. Original Hindi version with English subtitles.

Stanley Ka Dabba by Amole Gupte

Stanley, a boy who never brings a lunch box to school, needs to find a way to cope with the increasing pressure from a teacher who wants to eat his lunch. The movie Stanley Ka Dabba sheds light on the everyday life of Stanley who, with his indomitable spirit, knows how to touch us and who manages to repel the persistently hostile world that surrounds him. The film reveals how the child manages to fight and overcome the difficulties of his life, both in and out of school.

This beautiful film about love, hope and mutual help was produced with a small budget. After the success of Taare Zameen Par (Like Stars on Earth), Amole Gupte wanted to make an independent film. He borrowed money from friends and with a team of only five people, he filmed in a school in Mumbai. The team filmed four workshops of three hours every Saturday for a year and a half to capture all the scenes he needed. Using a simple Canon EOS 7D camera, Amole Gupte has managed to make a little gem.

Canadian premiere.

India. 2011. Dir.: Amole Gupte. 96 minutes. Digital projection. With: Divya Dutta, Partho Gupte, Divya Jagdale, Raj Zutshi and Amole Gupte. Original Hindi version with English subtitles.

Vihir (The Well) by Umesh Vinayak Kulkarni

Vihir is the terribly beautiful, warm and heartbreaking story of two teenagers, Sameer and Nachiket, who are cousins and best friends, who love to play hide and seek, and who arrive at a crossroad in their lives… to choose between the life that leads to petty worldly small existence, or the life of free existence that would let them spread their wings and soar high in the open skies…

This touching movie, beautifully filmed, has traveled to various prestigious film festivals including Berlin and Rotterdam, and has won various awards including Best Film at the MIAAC Film Festival in New York.

Canadian premiere.

India. 2009. Dir.: Umesh Vinayak Kulkarni. 135 minutes. Digital Projection. With: Madan Deodhar, Alok Rajwade, Mohan Agashe, Sulabha Deshpande and Jyoti Subhash. Original Marathi version with English subtitles.

Big in Bollywood by Kenny Meehan and Bill Bowles

Documentary film

27-year-old American-born Omi Vaidya, a struggling actor in L.A., miraculously lands a dream role in the Bollywood film 3 Idiots. Curious to better understand the world of Bollywood, four of Omi’s buddies armed with cameras fly to Mumbai to document his big premiere. Within a week of release, 3 Idiots skyrockets to box office success, becoming the most successful Indian film in history and transforming Omi into an overnight megastar. But being a national sensation in India is not all glitz and glamor. Aside from the language barrier, Omi struggles
with the pressure of his newly acquired fame and continuing his career momentum while trying to maintain a healthy domestic life back in Los Angeles.

Set against the backdrop of Mumbai, Big in Bollywood is a film about what it is to be successful in show business, seen through the eyes of Omi’s best friends, who witness his career transformation firsthand.

A documentary film which is currently in demand at film festivals around the world. We are fortunate to have it here in Montreal for its Canadian premiere!

USA. 2011. Dir.: Kenny Meehan, Bill Bowles. 69 minutes. Digital projection. With: Omi Vaidya, Vindhu Vinod Chopra, Kevin Desmond, Raju-Kumar Irani, Aamir Khan, etc. English original version.

3 Idiots (STF) by Rajkumar Hirani

Two friends, Raju and Farhan, are searching for their long lost companion Rancho. Along the way, they honour a bet made many years ago… At the same time, they begin an inner journey through memories and the story of their friend Rancho, a free thinker who in his own way has touched their souls and has inspired them to think differently, changing their lives forever. Thinking back to their student days, when their lives oscillated between the passionate relationship that bound Rancho with Pia and the clashes between their friend and Professor Viru Sahastrabuddhe, very imbued with himself.

One day, Rancho disappears, leaving them in doubt: who is he? Where is he? And more importantly, why did he leave?

This touching comedy won numerous awards, and set a new record for revenue in Indian cinema: 86 million US dollars worldwide. That makes 3 Idiots the highest-grossing Bollywood film of all time in India. A movie that has had a big impact on the youth of India.

India. 2009. Dir.: Rajkumar Irani. 170 minutes. Digital projection. With: Aamir Khan, Kareena Kapoor, R. Madhavan, Sharman Joshi, Boman Irani, Omi Vaidya, Mona Singh, Parikshit Sahni. Original Hindi version with French subtitles.

 

Kahaani (Story) by Sujoy Gosh

Created by the Bengali director Sujoy Gosh, the excellent thriller Kahaani tells the story of a pregnant woman, a software engineer, in search of her missing husband in the city of Kolkata (Calcutta) during the Durga Puja festivities (an annual Hindu festival in India that celebrates the Hindu goddess Durga). The film explores themes of feminism and motherhood in a male-dominated Indian society. Kahaani was filmed during the real Durga Puja, in the streets of Kolkata.

IMDB included the film in their list of The Top 50 Thrillers of all time.

“For me, the reason behind shooting in Kolkata was that the world in the film has to look believable. As a writer, I have to know my city—the darkness and the light of the city. I know Kolkata and I wanted to exploit it to the peak in terms of characterization.”
—Sujoy Ghosh on choosing Kolkata

India. 2012. Dir.: Sujoy Gosh. 122 minutes. Digital projection. With: Vidya Balan and Parambrata Chatterjee. Original Hindi version with English subtitles.

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