19th Bollywood Festival of Indian Film Gets Underway in Prague

The 19th edition of the Indian Film Festival will bring the combination of selected films that will allow you to enjoy the Indian cinema in its Bollywood pomposity, as well as from the point of view of independent productions with their no less important creators.

This year, you can look forward to a romantic comedy with a new take on gender (Chandigarh Kare Aashiqui, Badhaai Do), a lyrical story of a village cinema, and a young boy, who develops a deep passion for moving pictures (The Last Film Show), award-winning documentary about three famous Bollywood star look-alikes (Urf), a family drama based in Kerala about a wife, who no longer wishes to be a simple servant (The Great Indian Kitchen), and the brand new Indian remake of Forrest Gump starring Aamir Khan (Laal Singh Chaddha).

All films will be screened with Czech and English subtitles.

There will also be a Bollywood party on 14 October at Futurum Music Bar from 21:00 to 3:00. You will get a chance to enjoy a significant amount of music, dance, and joy under the baton of DJ Deepak and the inspiring dancer Om Dance Academy.

The festival will take place from 12 to 15 October at Kino Světozor.

“Nineteen years ago, when we first screened five Bollywood films for the Czech audience, the most popular genre at that time were the so-called masala movies,” says Radim Špaček, director and artistic director of the festival. “Movies were called so because they contained all sorts of ingredients – romance, suspense, humour, songs and the obligatory happy ending.

“After almost two decades, Bollywood itself has changed, and so has the way films reach us and how we perceive them. You could say that we are taking a detour back to the masala principle – our current festival offerings are as diverse as the ones that used to be
the most successful films of the past,” he continues.

The organizers will provide also Indian food and a range of traditional masala chai drink.

The traditional Bollywood party will take place at the Futurum Music Club on 14 October.

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