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EPIC ON Talkies - Season 1

Social Issues | 48 mins | 5+

CONTENT LANGUAGE
Hindi

Char Adhyay is a subtle delineation of human relationships based on a novel by Rabindranath Tagore. The energies of painting, theatre, music and dance come together in this film, set in Bengal of the 30s. Its narrative and its poetic depiction of pain is unique to Indian art cinema.

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ARANYAKA
83 Min

ARANYAKA

Living in his ancestral mansion in a jungle, Raja Saheb, a widower passes his time hunting. Once, with a tribal boy and with his guests—two couples—he goes on a hunting spree. On the way some strange things happen which push everyone into deep introspection.

1:1.6 AN ODE TO LOST LOVE
95 Min

1:1.6 AN ODE TO LOST LOVE

On the first day of the shooting of his film, Pramod introduces the cinematographer ‘M’ to young Sushmita, the main actress in the film and her lovely mother Mrs. Jyothi Bhat. As the shooting progresses, the relationships among them start changing. Sushmitha starts liking M and starts calling him “Cheta”, meaning elder brother in Kerala. M decides to cast Sushmita as Asha in the film he is planning to direct. Pramod, who has so far remained a chronic bachelor, though he plays around with girls and makes films on them, starts getting a strange and pure feeling towards Sushmita.

GHARE BAIRE
132 Min

GHARE BAIRE

Ghare Baire is symbolic of a philosophical revolution in pre – independent Bengal. Ray brings out the pros cons of the Swadeshi movement through the charismatic Swadeshi leader Sandip who fights for the cause by basing his parasite like existence on Nikhil, a liberal, who urges his wife, Bimala to explore and expand her understanding of the world beyond him. Nikhil quietly pushes Bimala towards discovering her world at the cost of witnessing her falling in love with another man. Ghare Baire is a story of the trials tribulations of the human mind coming to terms with its own learning.

DANCE LIKE A MAN
100 Min

DANCE LIKE A MAN

Jairaj and Ratna, two dancers past their prime, are exponents of the classical Indian dance form called Bharatnatyam. They live in an antique-filled mansion in Bangalore that once belonged to Jairaj’s autocratic father, Amritlal Parekh. As a young couple, Ratna and Jairaj faced many challenges. Being financially dependent on Amritlal and living under his roof, they were often exposed to his ire. Amritlal believed, like many who were less knowledgeable, that Bharatnatyam was the craft of prostitutes. In his opinion, no self-respecting person, let alone a man, should perform such a dance. Some two decades later, Jairaj and Ratna are now forced to confront their troubled past as Lata, their daughter, prepares for her arangetram or debut as a dancer. Into this memory laden house, Lata brings her fiance, Vishal, to meet her parents. Exposed to an environment alien to his own, Vishal in some ways acts as a catalyst to reveal the dark secrets of the family’s relationships and its generational conflicts.

DHARAVI
116 Min

DHARAVI

Dharavi, in Bombay, is the largest slum in Asia. In sub-human living conditions, each man is for himself, aspiring to make it for himself. Bollywood supplies fantasies to them. Dharavi is the story of Rajkaran a taxi driver who falls into a labyrinth of urban dreams...

CURRENT
119 Min

CURRENT

The film deals with an individual’s ordeal in the face of an indifferent establishment. It revolves around the payment of an electricity bill for a farm pump-set.Velu owns a small sugarcane field and has immense faith in the establishment, in this case, the Electricity Board, to condone a delay in payment of his electricity bill. But when the power is severed he and his wife Sita are devastated. Friends and well wishers raise their hands helplessly and can only offer suggestions for restoration of power. Help comes finally from the most unexpected quarters. Their neighbour Radha who is looked down upon by the villagers, restores the power and reinforces one’s faith in basic human values.

Gandhi Se Mahatma Tak
144 Min

Gandhi Se Mahatma Tak

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was invited to South Africa in 1893 to settle a case for a wealthy Indian settled there. He expected to return in a few months but instead got involved in the freedom movement and eventually stayed for 21 years. During those years, his ideas took shape and his personal and political philosophy evolved. Gandhi’s creed of nonviolence and satyagraha originated in that country. The impact of South Africa was incalculable and this film deals with these 21 years. His constant search for truth causes hardships for the whole family. His public life is equally full of frustrating and difficult experiences. He witnesses iniquitous wars as a medical volunteer, and is incarcerated in jail during the struggle for Indian rights. He emerges from this crucible, a Mahatma.

ARVIND DESAI KI AJEEB DASTAAN
113 Min

ARVIND DESAI KI AJEEB DASTAAN

Arvind Desai is the only son of a rich businessman who deals in luxury handicraft products. His feelings for his father are mixed. While he hates his dominating nature, he admires his power and lack of scruples. He has long discussions on art and politics with a Marxist friend. He is seeing his fathers secretary, Alice and sometimes he visits a prostitute, Fatima. His marriage is arranged to a girl from a high-class family much to Alices mother’s dismay, she realizes that Alice was nothing more than a passing fancy for Arvind.

ANHEY GHORHEY DA DAAN
108 Min

ANHEY GHORHEY DA DAAN

This film evokes the effect of years of subordination of the struggling classes. It is about the signs of simmering fire and about cleft tongues that want to rise in unison, about the possibility of inchoate desire and the first cry of love.

DATTAK
118 Min

DATTAK

Sunil, an NRI married to an American girl is returning to Kolkata after 15 years to see his father who has never reconciled to his marriage. A shock awaits him when he learns that his father has disappeared and no one knows where he has gone. The only people who could know are his sister Ruma who lives in Banaras, his younger brother Anil in Mumbai and their old servant Sambhu. With a deep sense of guilt Sunil hits upon a clue that suggests his father had spent the last few years at an old age home near Kolkata. The final blow is the discovery that his father had died a few months earlier and had been cremated because no one had claimed the body. It is at the home that Sunil meets Satyababu, who tells him that his father cared more for his children than they did for him.

DANCE OF THE WIND
80 Min

DANCE OF THE WIND

Set in contemporary New Delhi, the film captures the 5000-yearold tradition of passing on the legacy of Hindustani music, taught by parent to child, by Guru to disciple, over generations. A young singer’s successful professional life comes to a sudden halt at the death of her mother and teacher. The film traces her downfall and recovery through the help of her mother’s guru, and a mysterious young girl, Tara.

EK GHAR
96 Min

EK GHAR

Rajanna and Geeta arrive in the city in the fond hope of building a cosy little home. When they discover just such a house, their happiness knows no bounds. Things are fine till, one day, a workshop opens up next door and brings with it a wide variety of sounds. When the noise crosses the bounds of tolerance, Rajanna is indignant but cannot do much, until he discovers that his wife has achieved the impossible task of getting the shed vacated, but only by yielding to the demands of the police inspector. Rajanna now wants to take Geeta away from the environment. He seeks the help of the workmen who had earlier occupied the shed, but discovers that their slum is being demolished to make way for a multinational.

EK DIN ACHANAK
102 Min

EK DIN ACHANAK

Calcutta – one day the city is crippled by a heavy downpour. Everything goes topsy-turvy. A professor who has gone out for a while doesn’t return home for months, leaving his family in great anxiety. In the vacuum created by his absence, the family finds itself trapped in a new emotional world.

CHALO AMERICA
93 Min

CHALO AMERICA

Three collegians, bred on western pop culture, are obsessed with migrating to America, and are always dreaming up weird schemes to get there. Their plans lead to them being trapped in numerous hilarious situations. After mishaps galore, the trio come to realize that the American dream is just an illusion… or do they?

CHAR ADHYAY
108 Min

CHAR ADHYAY

Char Adhyay is a subtle delineation of human relationships based on a novel by Rabindranath Tagore. The energies of painting, theatre, music and dance come together in this film, set in Bengal of the 30s. Its narrative and its poetic depiction of pain is unique to Indian art cinema.

EK DOCTOR KI MAUT
132 Min

EK DOCTOR KI MAUT

After years of painstaking research at the cost of his domestic pleasure, Dr. Dipankar Roy discovers a vaccine for leprosy. News is flashed over television and overnight, an insignificant junior doctor receives international recognition. After suffering humiliation at the hands of his seniors, Dr. Roy suffers a mild heart attack. His wife and a few colleagues stand by him but Dr. Roy is transferred to a remote village. The last straw is two American doctors receiving credit for discovering the same vaccine.

GANDHI
180 Min

GANDHI

The film spans 56 out of Gandhi’s 79 years. It starts with his days in South Africa, where Gandhi is seen as a young attorney, who is thrown out of a first class compartment in spite of having a valid ticket. Angered at this humiliation, Gandhi decides to protest for the rights of Indians and other coloured people. It is here that he meets with his first success. His fame spreads to India and he is invited to return home to take part in the freedom struggle. On arrival, he is shocked at the poverty in the country and undertakes to travel all over the country to witness, at first hand, the atrocities of the British Empire. Gandhi’s struggle to win freedom for India through his non-violent approach, his belief that men are more good than evil and his spiritual ideas all form a part of this saga, the biography of a fascinating world leader - both spiritual and political.

TARPAN
124 Min

TARPAN

Half a century ago, Rajasthan, India. Not the Rajasthan of sand dunes but of barren mountains, stunted Khejari trees and painted mansions. The land of Shekhavati. A couple in search of a cure for their seven year old ailing daughter. Jassu Kaka, a village elder who knows the cure, but guides them to Sukku Baba- a Fakir living in the desert. A village where no girl child survives beyond the age of seven. An old woman in the twilight zone of sanity and madness, the only symbol of compassion in a village torn by greed and intolerance. A woman fighting for the rights of her child even after her own death. An old well from which ghosts of the past emerge. A community confessing its crimes long forgotten. An absolution for the sinners. A Tarpan for the departed souls.

DIKSHA
133 Min

DIKSHA

Acharya Udupa is a vedic scholar running a residential school - a gurukul. An austere man demanding rigorous discipline from the novices under training, he accepts the latest disciple, Nanni, with the utmost reluctance. Nanni’s training begins at two levels, the formal one with the Acharya, informal one with a couple of fellow novices. Also living with Udupa is Yamuna, his young daughter, a widow, whose life has a secret side to it. She is in love with the local schoolmaster – a forbidden, abhorrent idea for the Brahmin society. One night, during the Acharya’s absence from the village, Yamuna has an intimate meeting with the schoolmaster. She becomes pregnant, and something terrible follows in an orthodox Brahminical society.

SURAJ KA SATVAN GHODA
128 Min

SURAJ KA SATVAN GHODA

Young bachelor Manik Mulla, a railway mail service employee, stays in an old part of Allahabad. His friends gather in his house to listen to his realistic – surrealistic – moralistic stories, which lead to polemics – social, political, literary discussions. The film provides an interesting study of how a work of literature is transformed into a film that reflects on multiple aspects of life.