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Gandhi (1982)

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Gandhi (1982)

Country: India

Language: English, Hindi

Year: 1982

Color/BW: COLOR

Category: Feature Film

Genre: Biography, History


Description

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.



Cast: Ben Kingsley, Candice Bergen, Edward Fox, John Gielgud, Trevor Howard, John Mills, Martin Sheen, Ian Charleson, Athol Fugard, Gunther Maria Halmer, Saeed Jaffery, Geraldine James, Alyque Padamsee, Amrish Puri, Roshan Seth, Rohini Hattangadi, Shreeram Lagoo, Om Puri, Virendra Razdan, Harsh Nayyar, Vijay Kashyap, Prabhakar Patankar, Supriya Pathak, Neena Gupta, Anang Desai, Alok Nath, Mohan Agashe, Jalal Agha, Nana Palsikar, Gurcharan Singh, Tom Alter, Tarla Mehta

Director: Richard Attenborough

Music Director: Pandit Ravi Shankar


Mirch Masala (1985)

Also Known As: A Touch of Spice, Spices

Country: India

Language: Hindi

Year: 1985

Color/BW: COLOR

Category: Feature Film

Genre: Drama


Description

A small village on the sandy fringe of Saurashtra, where illiteracy is pervasive, employment is scarce, women are routinely oppressed, and landlords are all-powerful. The British still rule India. An officer of the alien government, a Subedar, assigned to collect taxes, arrives in the village. He is a combination of a braggart and a clown with a sadistic streak to him. He is accompanied by his soldiers and a horse, a proud symbol of his authority. 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 Sonbai and the spineless villagers, knowing that Sonbai's husband is away, agree to oblige. What happens next?



Cast: Smita Patil, Naseeruddin Shah, Raj Babbar, Om Puri, Deepti Naval, Supriya Pathak, Suresh Oberoi, Dina Pathak, Ram Gopal Bajaj, Benjamin Gilani, Mohan Gokhale, Neena Kulkarni, Harish Patel, Ratna Pathak, Paresh Rawal

Director: Ketan Mehta

Music Director: Rajat Dholakia


Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro (1983)

Also Known As: Who Pays The Piper, Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron, Let It Go Friends

Country: India

Language: Hindi

Year: 1983

Color/BW: COLOR

Category: Feature Film

Genre: Comedy, Drama


Description

A photographer-duo start a studio, only to find wrong things happening right from its launch. However, their photographic assignments lead them to expose shady facts about the city's builders, municipal officers, and others. The film exposes many evils through its hilarious style, which weaves into its narrative slapstick comedy, as well as epic (a la Mahabharata) episodes to incisive effect.



Cast: Naseeruddin Shah, Ravi Baswani, Bhakti Barve, Satish Shah, Neena Gupta, Om Puri, Pankaj Kapur, Deepak Qazir, Rajesh Puri, Uday Chandra, Anil Chaudhary, Vidhu Vinod Chopra, Ajay Wadhavkar, Kenny Desai

Director: Kundan Shah

Music Director: Vanraj Bhatia


Ek Doctor Ki Maut (1991)

Country: India

Language: Hindi

Year: 1991

Color/BW: COLOR

Category: Feature Film

Genre: Drama


Description

After years of painstaking research at the cost of his domestic pleasure, Dr. Dipankar Roy discovers a vaccine for leprosy. The news is flashed over television and overnight, an insignificant junior doctor receives international recognition. Professional jealousy and abuse of power threaten Dr. Roy, even as the Secretary of Health reprimands him for breaking the news to the press. He is asked to report to the Director of Health. Professional colleagues Dr. Arijit Sen and Dr. Ramananda invite him to a lecture but it is merely a pretence to humiliate him. Dr. Roy suffers a mild heart attack but he refuses to go to the hospital. His wife and few others like Dr. Kundu stand by Dr. Roy, but the harassment continues; a letter from an American foundation is suppressed and Dr. Roy transferred to a remote village. The last straw is two American doctors receiving credit for discovering the same vaccine. Dr. Roy is shattered.



Cast: Pankaj Kapur, Shabana Azmi, Irfan Khan, Deepa Sahi, Vijayendra

Director: Tapan Sinha

Music Director: Vanraj Bhatia


Anhey Ghorhey Da Daan (2011)

Also Known As: Anhe Gorhey Da Daan, Alms for a Blind Horse, Anhe Ghore Da Daan

Country: India

Language: Punjabi

Year: 2011

Color/BW: COLOR

Category: Feature Film

Genre: Drama


Description

On a foggy winter morning, a Dalit family in a village in Punjab wakes up to the news of the demolition of a house of one of their community members on the outskirts of the village. Father, a silent sympathiser, joins his community in demand for justice for the affected family. The same day, his son Melu, a cycle-rickshaw puller in the city, is participating in a strike by his union. Injured and alienated, Melu spends the day quietly resting and later joins his friends as they tease him over his state of affairs. Hesitantly, he drinks with them in the night as they debate the meaning of their existence. Cycling through the city streets, Melu feels lost and wonders where to go and what to do. Back in the village, his mother feels humiliated at the treatment meted out by the landlords in whose fields she works. Gunshots are heard in the night and the village is tense. It's the night of the lunar eclipse. A man wanders asking for the traditional alms while Father decides to visit the city with a friend, even as his daughter Dayalo walks through the village streets in the night.



Cast: Mal Singh, Samuel John, Serbjeet Kaur, Dharminder Kaur, Emmanuel Singh, Kulwinder Kaur, Lakha Singh, Gurinder Makna

Director: Gurvinder Singh

Music Director: Catherine Lamb

Story: Gurdial Singh


27 Down (1974)

Country: India

Language: Hindi

Year: 1974

Color/BW: BW

Category: Feature Film

Genre: Drama


Description

Sanjay wanted to study art but his domineering father, an engine-driver in retirement after a crippling injury, insisted that a railway job with its security was the best thing for him. So Sanjay ended up as a train conductor unhappy with the career forced upon him, and the mechanical, meaningless life that he lives. In the course of his duty on the train he runs into a working girl Shalini and feels attracted to her. His father hears about his interest in Shalini, strongly disapproves of it and intervenes in Sanjay's life once again. Unable to stand up to his father, Sanjay soon finds himself married to a village girl. Life becomes even more unbearable for Sanjay. He takes to wandering and seeks comfort in drink and brothels. One final chance comes his way to break loose from his shackles and plan a new life with Shalini...



Cast: Sudhir Dalvi, Rakhee, Sadhu Meher, M K Raina, Rekha Sabnis, Om Shivpuri, Nilesh Vellani

Director: Awtar Krishna Kaul

Music Director: Bhuban-Hari


Ek Hota Vidushak (1992)

Also Known As: Once There Was A Clown

Country: India

Language: Marathi

Year: 1992

Color/BW: COLOR

Category: Feature Film

Genre: Drama


Description

An illegitimate son of a tamasha dancer, Aburao has a traumatic childhood. His mother leaves her dance troupe to become a landlord's mistress and after his death returns to the stage. Starting as an odd-job man, Aburao's talent in mimicry and singing combined with his satirical humor soon make him a much sought after songadya (clown).

Aburao then marries a well-known actress, Maneka but soon the marriage begins to disintegrate as Aburao realizes that she has married him on a whim and is still seeing an old flame.

His life changes when his mother's guru comes to him with a sullen little girl, the illegitimate child of Subhadra who was Aburao's lover while in the troupe. Shaken, he makes it his mission to make the unsmiling little girl smile but fails repeatedly.

It is at an election rally where he has been medicated and tricked to perform in spite of an heart attack, that in his trance-like state, he only notices his little girl and begins to tell her a simple fairy tale, not being crafty or cynical, not mimicking anyone, but being himself, telling her a simple tale of pure joy.

But this is not what the audience expected. It expresses its disappointment with shoes and other missiles hurled at the stage. The politician beats a hasty retreat but Aburao's daughter is enraptured, hugging him, laughing, full of joy!



Cast: Laxmikant Berde, Madhu Kambikar, Nilu Phule, Varsha Usgaonkar, Dilip Prabhavalkar, Usha Naik, Mohan Agashe

Director: Jabbar Patel

Music Director: Anand Modak


Parinamam (2003)

Also Known As: The Change

Country: India

Language: Malayalam

Year: 2003

Color/BW: COLOR

Category: Feature Film

Genre: Drama


Description

Parinamam tackles the age old issue of loneliness and redundancy among the aged. Balakrishna Marar faces callous treatment from his family after his retirement. Parallel to his story is that of the mentally disturbed and lonely former judge Damodaran Nambeeshan, who goes to Kashi in search of peace. There are five other senior citizens whose problems form the basis of the film. The story is about all these good people whose lives fall apart when they grow old. They lose everything they hold dear and start feeling rejected, as if they are burdens on their family and society.



Cast: Matampu Kanjukuttan, Nedumudi Venu, Kaviyoor Ponnamma, Archana, T P Madhavan, Baby Nithya Renjith

Director: Venu

Music Director: Johnson

Story: Madampu Kunjukuttan


Diksha (1991)

Also Known As: Initiation

Country: India

Language: Hindi

Year: 1991

Color/BW: COLOR

Category: Feature Film

Genre: Drama


Description

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 a target for the orthodox society.



Cast: Nana Patekar, Manohar Singh, Rajshree Sawant, Sulabha Arya, Vijay Kashyap, K K Raina

Director: Arun Kaul

Music Director: Mohinderjit Singh


Marupakkam (1990)

Also Known As: The Other Side

Country: India

Language: Tamil

Year: 1990

Color/BW: COLOR

Category: Feature Film

Genre: Drama


Description

Ambi returns home and is shocked to see his father unable to recognize his own son. His father, Vembu Iyer, a strong and uncompromising character known for his Vedic scholarship and sever orthodoxy is now reduced to the state of total silence, living in his own private universe of memories. Ambi learns that Vembu Iyer has retreated into silence ever since he heard about his son's unhappy marriage. Ambi is unable to understand why his father who was against his marriage to a Christian girl, has reacted in this way to his seperation from her. Gradually Vembu Iyer's self-guilt begins to surface and Ambi starts to unravel the story of Vembu Iyer's stepmother.



Cast: Shivkumar, Jaya Bharathi, Radha

Director: K S Sethumadhavan

Music Director: L Vaidyanathan


Paltadacho Munis (2009)

Also Known As: The Man Beyond The Bridge

Country: India

Language: Konkani

Year: 2009

Color/BW: COLOR

Category: Feature Film

Genre: Drama


Description

Vinayak, a forest guard, lives a lonely life with just the memories of his dead wife in a Government house in the dense forests of Goa-Karnataka border. His repeatedly rejected pleas for a transfer by his superiors in the Department of Forests have left him bitter. One night, he comes across a filthy, unkempt mentally challenged woman lying in the compound outside his house. He drives her away, but she keeps returning. From his initial irritation with her filthy appearance and irate behavior, he slowly gets used to her daily visits looking for food and sleeping in the courtyard. With time, he begins to derive comfort from her presence.

Vinayak's growing relationship with the woman attracts some comments but evokes a strong protest in the village. The villagers question Vinayak's right over an insane and helpless woman. They maintain that his relationship is morally incorrect and should be ended. However, for Vinayak the woman is his companion and mother of his child and there is no dilemma in his mind over this. Thus begins a conflict between a society that refuses to take responsibility of such a woman one man's endeavor to integrate her in his life.



Cast: Chittaranjan Giri, Veena Jamkar, Prasanthi Talpanker, Deepak Amonkar

Director: Laxmikant Shetgaonkar

Music Director: Ved Nair


Stri (1995)

Also Known As: The Woman, Stree

Country: India

Language: Telugu

Year: 1995

Color/BW: COLOR

Category: Feature Film

Genre: Drama


Description

'A simple story of an illiterate woman totally faithful to a man whom she intensely loves' is how the director describes the film belying it's emotional complexity that shows the internal conflict between a man and a woman. On the face of it, Rangi and Paddalu are a devoted, happily married couple living for each other. But when Paddalu scarpers with a boatman's cargo, Rangi, left behind, confesses that she's not his wife at all. She was acting as a decoy so he could get away with the booty intended for Paddalu's other woman, a younger, more beautiful girl. Yet she says Paddalu is her man. 'Without me he cannot live.' Why is she prepared to put her own life and liberty at risk for a man who treats her callously?



Cast: Rohini, Vijay, P L Narayana, S Bheemeswara Rao

Director: K S Sethumadhavan

Music Director: L Vaidyanathan


Char Adhyay (1997)

Also Known As: Four Chapters

Country: India

Language: Hindi, Bengali

Year: 1997

Color/BW: COLOR

Category: Feature Film

Genre: Drama


Description

A poignant comment on the adverse effects of nationalism and a nuanced interpretation of Tagore's novella, Char Adhay is the story of Ela, loved by armed revolutionaries of the Indian freedom movement as a mascot for the country, who questions this blind indoctrination after falling in love Atin.



Cast: Nandini Ghoshal, Kaushik Gopal, Shruti Yusufi, Ramchandra, Pratihari, Sumanto Chatterjee

Director: Kumar Shahani

Music Director: Vanraj Bhatia

Story: Rabindranath Tagore


Salim Langde Pe Mat Ro (1990)

Also Known As: Don't Cry for Salim, the Lame

Country: India

Language: Hindi

Year: 1990

Color/BW: COLOR

Category: Feature Film

Genre: Drama


Description

Salim, a 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.



Cast: Pavan Malhotra, Makrand Deshpande, Ashutosh Gowariker, Rajendra Gupta, Neelima Azim, Vikram Gokhale, Surekha Sikri, Sudhir Pandey

Director: Saeed Akhtar Mirza

Music Director: Sharang Dev


Massey Sahib (1986)

Country: India

Language: Hindi

Year: 1986

Color/BW: COLOR

Category: Feature Film

Genre: Drama


Description

In a small, tribal district town of Central India in 1929, Francis Massey is the 'English Type Babu' at the Deputy Commissioner's office. Massey believes that because he is Christian and can speak English, he is a cut above other Indians and not very different from the white sahibs he serves.

For a man of lowly birth, Massey has risen to a dizzying height. On the other hand, he acknowledges no realistic limits to his own free spirit. Whenever the real world fails him, he improvises - boldly, imaginatively. Alas, the unsmiling, implacable machinery of the Raj has no room for Massey Sahib the entertainer, travelling salesman, road foreman and entertainer. Right up to the bitter end, Massey believes that Deputy Commissioner Adam Sahib will step in and save him...



Cast: Raghuvir Yadav, Barry John, Arundhati Roy, Veerendra Saxena

Director: Pradip Krishen

Music Director: Vanraj Bhatia


Party (1984)

Country: India

Language: Hindi

Year: 1984

Color/BW: COLOR

Category: Feature Film

Genre: Drama


Description

A 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 keep 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, left 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 present 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 all the rest.



Cast: Rohini Hattangadi, Manohar Singh, Vijaya Mehta, Deepa Sahi, Shafi Inamdar, Amrish Puri, Om Puri, Naseeruddin Shah, Ila Arun, Pearl Padamsee, Gulan Kripalani, Jayant Kripalani, Vijay Kashyap, Mohan Bhandari, Soni Razdan

Director: Govind Nihalani


Uski Roti (1970)

Also Known As: Our Daily Bread

Country: India

Language: Hindi

Year: 1970

Color/BW: COLOR

Category: Feature Film

Genre: Drama


Description

A desolate bus-stop on a highway... figure of a village woman - Balo, waiting to deliver a meal to Sucha Singh, the husband, a bus driver. He expects the traditional duties of an average Indian rural wife. Balo in turn accepts her husband's independent lifestyle.

Balo hurries to the bus-stop. She is late delivering the meal, trying to save her younger sister, Jinda, from being seduced by the village rake.



Cast: Garima Kapoor, Gurdeep Singh, Birbal, Dina Pathak, Rakesh Pandey

Director: Mani Kaul


Mammo (1994)

Country: India

Language: Hindi

Year: 1994

Color/BW: COLOR

Category: Feature Film

Genre: Drama


Description

Mammo is a nickname given to Mehmooda Begum by her sisters. She marries a man from Lahore. After Partition, she and her husband automatically 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 to stay with her only kin, her two sisters. Unable to extend her visa, she has to go back - political priorities defeat humanitarian ones!



Cast: Farida Jalal, Surekha Sikri, Amit Phalke, Rajit Kapoor, Himani Shivpuri, Shri Vallabh Vyas, Kishore Kadam, Sandeep Kulkarni, Ganesh Yadav, Snehal Vilankar, Sanjay Batra, Lalit Tiwari, Rajeshwari Sachdev

Director: Shyam Benegal

Music Director: Vanraj Bhatia


Dharavi (1992)

Also Known As: City of Dreams

Country: India

Language: Hindi

Year: 1992

Color/BW: COLOR

Category: Feature Film

Genre: Drama


Description

Dharavi brings to life the squalid corruption and crime-ridden expanse of the largest slum in Asia. The fast paced plot brings us a buoyant and susceptible Rajkaran who hires rides as a cabbie and lives in a cubbyhole with his wife Kunda (Shabana Azmi) and son. Rajkaran is possessed with the desire to own a cloth factory, and making better his life's situations, he pledges all his resources to this sole dream of making it big.

His only respite from hostile realities and underhanded friends that threaten to destruct his dream is the gorgeous Bollywood starlet Madhuri Dixit; his make believe fantasy and only solace.



Cast: Om Puri, Shabana Azmi, Raghuvir Yadav, Madhuri Dixit, Pramod Bala, Mushtaq Khan, Satish Khopkar, Chandu Parkhi, Deepak Qazir, Veerendra Saxena, Shakti Singh, Anjana

Director: Sudhir Mishra

Music Director: Rajat Dholakia

Special Appearance: Madhuri Dixit


Train To Pakistan (1998)

Country: India

Language: Hindi

Year: 1998

Color/BW: COLOR

Category: Feature Film

Genre: Drama


Description

Based on the novel by Khushwant Singh, the film has a message that transcends the border of the little village where the action takes place.

Mano Majra is a sleepy town on the Punjab border between India and Pakistan, where Sikhs and Muslims have lived peacefully for years.

As the freedom struggle reaches its climax, the frontier becomes a scene of rioting and bloodshed. But the village carries on its tryst with peace and bonhomie until a train rattles in at an unusual time with an unusual cargo. This train from Pakistan is bursting forth with corpses of Hindus and Sikhs.

A few days later, the gory incident is repeated and the village is unwittingly thrown into the cauldron of violence and hatred.



Cast: Nirmal Pandey, Rajit Kapoor, Divya Dutta, Mohan Agashe, Smriti Mishra, Mangal Dhillon, Paritosh Sand, Kamal Tiwari, Suresh Jindal, Amardeep Jha

Director: Pamela Rooks

Music Director: Piyush Kanojia, Taufiq Qureshi, Kuldeep Singh

Story: Khushwant Singh


Format: DVD

Label:NFDC

Catalog No: NFDC DVD 055

DVD Region: All Region

No Of Disks: 20

Subtitles: English

Video: NTSC