Don’t miss the last two nights of “From Bombay to Bollywood: 50 Years of Indian Cinema.” Indian Cinema scheduled for March 6 and March 12 at the Portland Art Museum. Come see some of the best of the most prolific output of any national film industry on the planet—its films, stars, and songs are beloved at home and by millions around the world, yet remains largely unknown to many audiences in the West.
Often incorrectly referred to as “Bollywood” (a term which actually only applies to the Hindi cinema of Mumbai, one of many film production centers in the country), Indian cinema is much more than the “song and a wedding” fare typically referenced in Western pop culture.
Blending the traditions of musical storytelling and popular myth with dozens of different genres—often all in the same movie—Indian cinema eschews easy classification and demands recognition for its diversity and vitality. This ten-film retrospective offers a primer on popular Indian cinema and a rare opportunity to celebrate these classic films as they are meant to be seen—big movies on the big screen.
DIRECTOR: SANJAY LEELA BHANSALI
Sun, Mar 6, 2016
at 3 PM
Operatic in every sense of the word, Bhansali’s adaptation of the legendary Bengali novel features dazzling sets and costumes, impossibly beautiful stars, and stunning musical numbers. When star-crossed childhood sweethearts (Shah Rukh Khan and former Miss World Aishwarya Rai) are wrenched apart by circumstance and harsh societal strictures, it sends them both into a tragic downward spiral. An opulent spectacle and a grand, sweeping eulogy to eternal love lost, “DEVDAS has a grandeur the old Hollywood moguls would have loved.”— Richard Corliss, Time Magazine. (185 mins.)