Sunday, April 03, 2005

Films of the DES

Imagine my surprise upon opening the handy-dandy filmest DC insert in the Washington City Paper, to find a plethora of Indian films being screened. Now, I am used to seeing one or two, but amongst the many other fine films from other countries being screened, 10 Indian films have been selected for screening. A couple highlights of the selections include an opening night screening of Rituparno Ghosh's Raincoat (starring TMBWITW Aishwarya Rai) sponsored by Air India and Nutella, a screening of Chokher Bali also starring Rai, both with Ghosh in attendance, the stunningly beautiful, musically amazing, yet poorly scripted Dil Se (score by AR Rahman), Dev starring Om Puri and Amitabh Bachchan (with Amitabh in attendance), and Songs of Mahulbani which will be shown with the Oscar nominated Little Terrorist.

The newly colorized Mughal-e-Azam, Morning Raga, The Journey, The Sandstorm, and a Thousand Dreams Such as These round out the desi flicks. Also of interest is the 90 minute film by Salam Pax, entitled Salam Pax: The Baghdad Blogger.

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