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EPIC ON Talkies - Season 1

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Hindi

Kamla, a 20-year old girl in love with a young man, is seized by panic when she discovers that she is pregnant. She lives in a one-room flat in a five-storey building teeming with middle class families. Seeing no way out of the problem and overcome by feelings of guilt, she goes to the balcony and jumps down to her death. Neighbours come out to watch the tragedy. Among them are Sudhakar, his wife, and their two daughters. The incident sets them all thinking and looking into their own secret lives. They come to the nagging conclusion that Kamla was no more guilty than they themselves.

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DANCE OF THE WIND
01:20:52

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.

Jaya Ganga
01:16:01

Jaya Ganga

Nishant is an Indian living in Paris. He meets an unusual woman, Jaya in a cemetery. She claims to live two lives, her own and that of Nadja, the 1920s beauty, who had inspired Andre Breton to write a book on her. The woman disappears mysteriously, and Nishant undertakes a journey to the Ganga, for which Jaya had an obsessive love. On the river he meets Zehra, a poet and dancer who reminds him of Jaya. He persuades her to leave her brothel and join him on his journey down the Ganga.

Gandhi Se Mahatma Tak
02:24:55

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.

EK DOCTOR KI MAUT
02:12:51

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.

DANCE LIKE A MAN
01:40:44

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.

DATTAK
01:58:56

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.

EK GHAR
01:36:52

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.

CURRENT
01:59:30

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.

ARVIND DESAI KI AJEEB DASTAAN
01:53:33

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.

EK DIN ACHANAK
01:42:24

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.

GANDHI
03:00:33

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.

SURAJ KA SATVAN GHODA
02:08:55

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.

1:1.6 AN ODE TO LOST LOVE
01:35:36

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.

ANHEY GHORHEY DA DAAN
01:48:53

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.

CHAR ADHYAY
01:48:14

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.

DIKSHA
02:13:40

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.

ARANYAKA
01:23:38

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.

CHALO AMERICA
01:33:51

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?

TARPAN
02:04:37

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.

GANASHATRU
01:35:18

GANASHATRU

The film is an adaptation of a play by Henrik Ibsen: An Enemy of the People. Dr. Ashoke Gupta is the head of a town hospital. Gupta’s younger brother, Nisith, is the head of the committees running the hospital and a temple. Dr. Gupta is convinced that the holy water of the temple is contaminated due to faulty pipe -laying that causes an epidemic in town. He warns his brother Nisith. Nisith, the Industrialist and other town officials reject the idea that holy water might be the cause of the epidemic. Left with no alternative, Dr. Gupta organises a public meeting that is also sabotaged. And Dr. Gupta is proclaimed an enemy of the people.

SALIM LANGDE PE MAT RO
01:46:53

SALIM LANGDE PE MAT RO

Salim, the young man with a limp, inhabits a twilight zone. At one level, he belongs to a respectable, proud, though desperately poor family. Salim’s roots go deep into this congested, impoverished Muslim neighbourhood. But Salim has also discovered another world, a world of deceptive charm and fatal allurement – organized crime, where a little intimidation, flashing of a knife, unspoken threats of concrete ‘mob’ action, bring in quick, easy bucks. Tears, and the price to be paid, come later.

RUDAALI
01:55:14

RUDAALI

Rudaali is based on a short story by renowned author Mahashweta Devi. The film is a riveting tale set in Rajasthan India of a young woman, Shanichari’s life and her inclusion in the group of professional woman mourners. The music by Bhupen Hazarika is widely celebrated and considered haunting and enthralling till date. Rudaali is directed by the fierce Kalpani Lajmi, a celebrated filmmaker who advocated the cause of woman emancipation in all her artistic endeavors

ADIGARAM 79
01:28:33

ADIGARAM 79

An amnesiac and a notorious assassin once shared their childhood, and the knowledge of an ancient Indian martial art. When they happen to become confronting forces, what is at stake is much more than survival – friendship, love, honour and the legacy of an art form A contemporary action-drama set against the backdrop of ancient Indian martial arts.

KAL SANDHYA
01:58:33

KAL SANDHYA

Ranjit is an educated and unemployed young man, desperately looking for a job. He is taught to use a gun by people who promise to show him a new way of life and lead him to a better future. One day, as instructed by these people, he shoots and kills Anuradhas husband. A few days later, Banajit Dutta, a Professor of the local college, is shot to death. As time goes by and Ranjit grows inevitably closer to Duttas family, life in this strange prison becomes intolerable. Haunted by memories of the crime that he isnt allowed to forget, tortured by guilt and remorse, he struggles to find peace and retain his sanity.

MIRCH MASALA
01:57:53

MIRCH MASALA

An officer of the alien government, a Subedar, assigned to collect taxes, arrives in the village. The moment the Subedar sets his eyes on the dusky Sonbai, a spirited beauty known for her defiant ways, he forgets all about taxes and lusts for her openly. Knowing that it is normal for a Subedar to expect gifts from a village, he shamelessly demands for Sonbai, and the spineless villagers, knowing that Sonbai’s husband is away, agree to oblige.

ANTAREEN
01:27:23

ANTAREEN

One night the phone rings. The man picks it up. The caller immediately hangs up. On the other side of the phone is a woman, living in a large apartment of a high- rise building – dreadfully lonely, a prisoner of circumstances. The woman phones again in the middle of the night. The man does not sound unfriendly. Days roll and the conversations multiply. A strange game starts. The man and the woman build a weird imaginary world. Then, in the middle of a fateful night, the world thus built suddenly collapses. But life goes on. And there is passion and pain in it.

SANSHODHAN
02:45:07

SANSHODHAN

The amendment in the law making it compulsory for one-third of the Gram Panchayat representatives to be women, is not received favourbly by the rulling Sarpanch of the village, Thakur Ratan Singh. Although he puts up a front of being in favour of the idea, along with his son Inder Singh, he conspires to field wives of friends, whom he hopes he can control through their husbands and through the caste network. Vidya, wife of Bhanwar Singh who is indebted to the Thakur, is one of the newly elected women Panchayat members. Vidya, who is educated, notices that the political empowerment of women is only on paper and in reality decision-making still continues to be with the manipulative old guard. Vidya decides it is time for a change.

PARTY
01:52:39

PARTY

Rich middle-aged widow Damayanti, a high society patron of the arts, hosts a party in honour of Diwakar Barve, a celebrated playwright and novelist, who has received a prestigious literary award. The party attracts the literary and cultural elite of the town, as also the fawning cognoscenti which trail in their wake. One name keeps cropping up in the course of the conversation - Amrit, a writer of immense talent and potential, once very much patronized by this set. Amrit, the powerful poet, leaves a promising literary career to join the tribal people in their struggle against exploitation. His attempt to bridge the chasm between words and deed haunts all others at the party. He is the invisible thread binding the tapestry of the film together, his enigmatic presence finally becoming more meaningful and poignant than the rest.

MAMMO
01:59:13

MAMMO

Mammo marries a man from Lahore. After Partition, she and her husband become Pakistan citizens. Although childless, her marriage is a happy one until her husband’s death. Over property matters, Mammo is thrown out of the house by her relatives. She comes to India and unable to extend her visa she has to go back – political priorities defeat humanitarian ones

ISLAND CITY
01:46:47

ISLAND CITY

The film follows three comic-dramatic stories set in Mumbai. The first one is about a middle-aged man who wins the office ‘Fun Committee Award’, which entitles him to a whole day full of fun. He is most reluctant to leave the safety of his cubicle but he has to. Prescribed fun modules have to be completed and non-compliance is not an option...The second story begins with domineering pater families, Anil, who is on life support. Seeking some relief, his family decides to buy a TV, which Anil had banned now every night the family plugs into a popular soap whose hero is a man ideal in every way...The third one centers on Aarti whose repetitive existence is slowly making her more and more mechanical and numb. Deep inside ferments a disconnect and unease that she is unable to articulate to anyone. Then one day there arrives a most intimate letter and everything change

HE…
01:40:54

HE…

Hari, a runaway rag picker, lives with his uncle in Mumbai’s squalid slums. Mirror, a short film project will begin filming soon, and the makers want to cast Hari as their main lead. Here begins Hari’s dream, where his only aspiration is to be a hero. After an incoherent wait and watch game for two long months, Hari confronts the darker side of society that renders him practically helpless.

AGANTUK
01:55:02

AGANTUK

Agantuk is Satyajit Ray’s last film and adapted from his short story Atithi, meaning guest. A family is paid an unexpected, and rather unwanted, visit by a man claiming to be Anita’s long lost uncle. The initial suspicion with the man slowly dissolves as he regales them with stories of his travels. The family is suspicious of the stranger, believing him to be an imposter with a financial scam to sell, only to find him leave unexpectedly, leaving behind some insightful observations.

KAMLA KI MAUT
01:30:36

KAMLA KI MAUT

Kamla, a 20-year old girl in love with a young man, is seized by panic when she discovers that she is pregnant. She lives in a one-room flat in a five-storey building teeming with middle class families. Seeing no way out of the problem and overcome by feelings of guilt, she goes to the balcony and jumps down to her death. Neighbours come out to watch the tragedy. Among them are Sudhakar, his wife, and their two daughters. The incident sets them all thinking and looking into their own secret lives. They come to the nagging conclusion that Kamla was no more guilty than they themselves.

QISSA - A TALE OF A LONELY GHOST
01:45:31

QISSA - A TALE OF A LONELY GHOST

Set in post-colonial India, Qissa tells the story of Umber Singh, a Sikh, who is forced to flee his village due to ethnic cleansing at the time of Partition in 1947. Umber decides to fight fate and builds a new home for his family. When Umber marries his youngest child Kanwar to Neeli, a girl of lower caste, the family is faced with the truth of their identities where individual ambitions and destinies collide in a struggle with eternity.

NASEEM
01:25:07

NASEEM

Naseem means the morning breeze. It’s the name of a young girl who lives with her family in Bombay. The year is 1992. This was a year when India, as a nation, went through traumatic times. A mosque was demolished and the riots, slaughter and savagery that followed have left wounds that will take years to heal.

MUSIC OF SATYAJIT RAY
50:16

MUSIC OF SATYAJIT RAY

Like his films, Music of Satyajit Ray is a multilayered blending of Western sense and Indian sensibility. Ray has brought to his filmmaking a musical sense and skill, that was as much a gift of his family as product of personal cultivation. But the most important thing is that his musical background did not make his films a pretext for his musical obsession on the contrary he used music as an element in the organic structure of a film.

WOH CHHOKRI
02:09:03

WOH CHHOKRI

Of indeterminate age, Tunu lives and spends her time at the Howrah Railway Station, searching desperately for the one face which can change her life: the face of her father Dinesh Roy, a small-time politician. He has abandoned her and her mother, Geeta, who has now become a bootlegger and prostitute in order to survive. One day, Tunu does locate Dinesh and goes to Delhi to meet him but she is drugged and dumped into a train without a ticket. Returning home to Calcutta she finds that her mother has been murdered. Then, one day, she sees her fathers photograph in the newspaper. He is to address a political meeting in Calcutta. Tunu attends the meeting and tries to contact her father but is thrown out. While Dinesh Roy talks of integrity, his illegitimate daughter is on the way to the police lock-up for disturbing the peace.

DHARAVI
01:56:03

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...

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