(HawaiiNewsNow) - The Honolulu Museum of Art
kicks off the New Year on a sumptuous note with its sixth Bollywood Film
Festival, showcase the global impact of contemporary Bollywood and will honor
some of India's greatest pioneers in romance and melodrama.
The popularity and influence of Bollywood
films continue to grow. "This has been an important year for Indian cinema
on the world stage," says Abigail Algar, Film Curator at the Doris Duke
Theatre. "Many of Bollywood's major releases have enjoyed worldwide
success, boasting international casts and locations that include London,
Dublin, and New York." As the geographical scope of Indian films has
expanded, so have the themes and stories.
This year's festival celebrates the
international flavor of contemporary Indian filmmaking as well as its
deep-rooted cultural traditions and global influence. From a language-confused
comedy and a delicately threaded morality tale to a Chaplin-inspired love story
and a foodie film, the 6th annual Bollywood Film Festival offers an enjoyable
assortment of romance.
The festival opens Jan. 12 with a
pre-screening reception that includes food by Himalayan Kitchen, beer, and wine
for purchase. The event also includes a performance by Indian dance troupe Aaja
Nachl. The opening night film, English Vinglish, set in New York, is an
entertaining testament to Bollywood's growing global appeal. Tickets are $15
general admission, $12 museum members.
This year saw the sudden death of two
Bollywood icons-India's "original superstar" Rajesh Khanna and
mega-hit director Yash Chopra, known as the "King of Romance." With
their loss, Bollywood may never be the same. Khanna was the number-one romantic
lead in the 1970s and the record holder for the most consecutive box office
hits. Chopra single-handedly generated an era of romance-based entertainment.
The Doris Duke Theatre pays tribute to Yash
Chopra by screening his megahit Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge-starring superstar Shahrukh
Khan on Jan.15 and 16.
"It has been a sad year for Bollywood
fans, and we hope the festival will give them a chance to get together and
salute their achievements," says Algar.
Film: 6th Annual Bollywood Film Festival -
Directed by Gauri Shinde. India, 2012, 134
mins. English | Tamil | Hindi | Telugu with English subtitles. Hawai'i premiere
Jan 12 at 12:30 + 7:30pm, Jan 13 at 4 +
Legendary Indian actress Sridevi returns to
the screen in this enchanting New York-set comedy about an Indian housewife who
decides to learn English.
Opening-night reception: Jan. 12, 6-7:30pm.
Enjoy Indian food for purchase; along with wine, beer, and soda. Local dance
group, Aaja Nachl will perform before the screening at 7:30pm. Tickets: $15,
$12 for museum members.
Directed by Rajan Khosa. India, 2011, 79
mins. Hindi with English subtitles. Hawai'i premiere
Jan 13 at 1pm, Jan 20 at 4 + 7:30pm
An illiterate orphan bluffs his way into
school to defeat the mysterious black kite that dominates the sky above his
small kite-obsessed town.
Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge
Directed by Aditya Chopra, India, 1995, 192
mins. Hindi with English subtitles
Jan 15 + 16 at 12:30 + 7:30pm
This classic Bollywood rom-com catapulted
Shahrukh Khan to superstardom as a rich playboy who falls for a prim and proper
girl while on a European vacation.
Directed by Anurag Basu, India, 2012, 151
mins Hindi with English subtitles
Jan 17 + 18 at 12:30 + 7:30pm
India's official Oscar entry tells a
Chaplinesque tale of a deaf-and-mute charmer who gets entangled with an
autistic girl and a spoiled heiress.
Directed by Homi Adajania. India, 2012, 146
mins. Hindi with English subtitles.
Jan 19 at 12:30, 4 + 7:30pm
An incorrigible flirt, a traditional girl and
a spoilt bombshell are the perfect housemates until friendship becomes
confusing, and love becomes complicated!
Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana
Directed by Sameer Sharma, India, 2012, 150 mins.
Hindi and English with English subtitles Jan 22 + 23 at 12:30 + 7:30pm
In this delectable tale of love, legacy,
affection and food, a quirky Punjabi family sets out to recover the secret
recipe for chicken khurana.
Jab Tak Hai Jaan (Til My Last Breath)
Directed by Yash Chopra, 2012, 176 mins. In
Hindi with English subtitles. Hawai'i premiere. Jan. 24 at 12:30 + 7:30pm
Legendary Bollywood filmmaker-producer Yash
Chopra's last film, Jab Tak Hai Jaan, was released just weeks after his
untimely passing on Oct. 21. This landmark in Indian cinema has been one of the
most highly anticipated Bollywood love stories of the decade. After finding and
losing his true love Meera (Katrina Kaif) in London, Samar Anand (Shah Rukh
Khan) becomes a bomb disposal expert for the Indian Army. Returning to London
after 10 years, he has an accident that results in amnesia. Will he be reunited
with his love?
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