Sun 1 – Sun 29 Mar
Season Ticket Pass £15.00/£12.00 concs
Sun 1 Mar, 2.30pm
This oft-filmed epic following a young nobleman’s downward spiral into alcoholism and vice after his family stop him from marrying the woman he loves, has been justifiably hailed as a classic of modern Bollywood cinema. Shahrukh Khan plays the title role with a brooding, Byronic intensity, but it’s the vibrant colours and opulent sets that are most likely to linger in the memory. A visual feast.
Dir. Sanjay Leela Bhansali 2002 3h 2m
Main Hoon Na (12A)
Sun 8 Mar, 2.30pm
Shahrukh Khan stars as Major Ram Parsad Sharma, an Indian commando who goes undercover at his daughter’s school to foil a terrorist plot aimed at sabotaging an ambitious project to bring an end to the long-standing enmity between India and Pakistan. The debut feature of Farah Khan (Om Shanti Om), Bollywood’s top woman director and the choreographer on Monsoon Wedding is a vibrant cocktail of action, comedy, high-school rite of passage and family drama that barely lets up.
Dir. Farah Khan India 2004 2h 59m
Om Shanti Om (12A)
Sun 15 Mar, 2.30pm
In 1977 rising star Om Prakash falls head-over-heels with top matinee draw of the day, the beautiful Shanti Priya, only to die while trying to rescue her from a spectacular on-set conflagration. Three decades later and Prakashi’s son, Om Kapoor, is at the height of his fame, but finds himself haunted by the ghosts of his previous life. A lavish celebration of the heyday of the Hindi studio system featuring reigning King of the Bollywood box office, Shahrukh Khan.
Dir. Farah Khan India 2007 2h 42m
Namastey London (PG)
Sun 22 Mar, 2.30pm
Vodka-sluicing Hinglish brat Jasmeet is out of control, staying out all hours partying while moping around her true-blue British paramour, Charlie Brown, until her desperate parents whisk her back to India to find a more traditional love match in the form of provincial Punjabi farmer, Arjun. With high points including a comedy cricket match and a song-and-dance routine featuring formation tractor driving, this is an exuberant, fun, cross-cultural romcom.
Dir. Vipul Amrutlal Shah India 2007 2h 12m
Sun 29 Mar, 2.30pm
Shakespeare’s Othello forms the basis of this ingenious action-driven spectacular set amid the dog-eat-dog world of gangsters in rural Uttar Pradesh. Director Bharadwaj’s second take on the Bard (following his 2003 Macbeth adaptation Maqbool), featuring a powerhouse performance from Saif Ali Khan.
Dir. Vishal Bharadwaj India 2006 2h 31m