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Adi Shankaracharya (1983)

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Adi Shankaracharya (1983)

Also Known As: The Philosopher

Country: India

Language: Sanskrit

Year: 1983

Color/BW: COLOR

Category: Feature Film

Genre: History, Mythology


Description

By the end of the century, Hindu thought and philosophy had acquired several obscurities and inconsistencies and faced a challenge from other heterodox sects and Buddhism. Born in Kerala, Shankaracharya arrived on the religious scene around this time. As a boy he was instructed in the religious life by his father and made to practice the prevalent rituals. His father's death, however, compelled him to think deeply about life and death, the body and the soul. With his mother's approval, Shankaracharya decided to lead a life of austerity. Donning the robes of the renouncer he set out on a journey in the quest of Truth, a journey which would take him across the sub-continent. Shankaracharya furthered the school of Vedantic thought and propagated the Advaita (Monism) philosophy, eventually leading to the establishment of the four famous learning centres in the far corners of India.



Cast: Sarvadaman D Banerjee, M V Narayana Rao, Manjunath Bhatt, L V Sharada Rao, Leela Narayana Rao, T S Nagabharana, Srinivasa Prabhu

Director: G V Iyer

Music Director: Mangalampalli Balamuralikrishna


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


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


Doghi (1995)

Also Known As: Sisters, Two Women

Country: India

Language: Marathi

Year: 1995

Color/BW: COLOR

Category: Feature Film

Genre: Drama


Description

The story of two sisters, Gauri and Krishna, two ordinary middle-class girl in a village who, as their fate would have it, fall into different circumstances in life. After her husband's fatal accident, Gauri comes to her poor brother in Bombay only to end up as a sex worker. Her sister, Krishna tries to help her in vain. A social drama with human pathos lifted by superb performances from the main cast.



Cast: Renuka Daftardar, Sonali Kulkarni, Uttara Baokar, Sadashiv Amrapurkar, Suryakant Mandre, Madhu Kambikar, Abhay Kulkarni

Director: Sumitra Bhave, Sunil Sukthankar

Music Director: Anand Modak


Ek Din Achanak (1989)

Also Known As: Suddenly, One Day

Country: India

Language: Hindi

Year: 1989

Color/BW: COLOR

Category: Feature Film

Genre: Drama


Description

It is the story of a man - of one among many. Suddenly one day the man, a retired professor, disappears. days roll into months, life goes on, but the children and the wife keep on looking back. The lost man appears on the scene over and over again - all fragmented encounters between him and others, all that happened in the past which freely intermingle with the present. Thus, through unceasing dialogue between the past and the present, life of the interior begins to unfold itself revealing receptions an diverse levels and eventually cutting the man to his size.

(Movie description reproduced with permission of mrinalsen.org)



Cast: Shabana Azmi, Shreeram Lagoo, Rupa Ganguly, Uttara Baokar, Arjun Chakraborty, Manohar Singh, Anil Chatterjee, Anjan Dutt, Lily Chakravarty

Director: Mrinal Sen

Music Director: Jyotishka Dasgupta

Story: Ramapada Chowdhury


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


Ek Ghar (1991)

Also Known As: The Dwelling, The House

Country: India

Language: Hindi

Year: 1991

Color/BW: COLOR

Category: Feature Film

Genre: Drama


Description

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, Ranjanna 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.



Cast: Naseeruddin Shah, Deepti Naval, Rohini Hattangadi, Chanda

Director: Girish Kasaravalli

Music Director: L Vaidyanathan


Gaman (1978)

Also Known As: The Passing, Going

Country: India

Language: Hindi

Year: 1978

Color/BW: COLOR

Category: Feature Film

Genre: Drama


Description

GAMAN is a poem of the dispossessed of this country; of those who are forced by circumstances beyond their control to leave their families and their homes thereby destroying the social and cultural fabric of their environment themselves. It is the story of a young man from U.P., ghulam Hasan, who has little education, less land and no opportunity in his own village and has, therefore, to migrate to Bombay, leaving behind his old mother and young wife, Khairun. With his departure, life for these women comes to a standstill the present is unbearable, the future uncertain. In the city, Ghulam finds refuge with his friend from the village, Lallu Lal Tewari who is a taxi-driver.



Cast: Farooq Shaikh, Smita Patil, Jalal Agha, Nana Patekar, Gita Siddharth, Amir Bano, Protima Bedi, Arun Bhutanatha, Arvind Deshpande, Sulabha Deshpande, Arun Joglekar, Nitin Sethi

Director: Muzaffar Ali

Music Director: Jaidev


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


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


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


Miss Lovely (2012)

Country: India

Language: Hindi

Year: 2012

Color/BW: COLOR

Category: Feature Film

Genre: Drama, Mature


Description

Set in the lower depths of Bombay's "C" grade film industry, Miss Lovely follows the devastating story of two brothers who produce sex horror films in the mid-1980s. A sordid tale of betrayal and doomed love, the film dives into the lower depths of the Bollywood underground, an audacious cinema with baroque cinemascope compositions, lurid art direction, wild background soundtracks, and gut-wrenching melodrama.



Cast: Niharika Singh, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Anil George, Meneka Lalwani, Zeena Bhatia

Director: Ashim Ahluwalia


Om-Dar-Ba-Dar (1988)

Also Known As: Om Dar-Ba-Dar - 2014

Country: India

Language: Hindi

Year: 1988

Color/BW: COLOR

Category: Feature Film

Genre: Drama, Thriller


Description

Om makes a living by holding his breath. He becomes a star attraction during the Pushkar fair by giving darshan to the masses at a fixed time, emerging from the water. A mass movement starts in his name. At a fixed time everybody is going to hold his or her breath as a protest against the Brahma's big breath. But Om's non-cooperation is to breathe... and if he breathes in the water... he dies. It's the murder plan by the water proof watch company.



Cast: Anita Kanwar, Gopi Desai, Lalit Tiwari, Bhairavchandra Sharma, Lakshminarayan Shastri, Ramesh Mathur, Aditya Lakhia, Manish Gupta

Director: Kamal Swaroop

Music Director: Rajat Dholakia


Paar (1984)

Also Known As: The Crossing, Saahil

Country: India

Language: Hindi

Year: 1984

Color/BW: COLOR

Category: Feature Film

Genre: Drama


Description

As darkness falls in a small village in Bihar, the landlord's henchmen set the huts of poor harijan labourers on fire; people are pulled out of their hiding places and gunned down. In the cover of darkness, only a handful escape the holocaust, among them, Nauragia and his pregnant wife, Rama. Their odyssey takes them ultimately to Calcutta.

The government has announced compensation for the victims of the massacre. Fed up of being on the run, Naurangia wants to go back to the village. However, Rama is reluctant, as she fears for their lives, Naurangia spends days futilely looking for employment. With starvation starting them in the face, even Rama is now willing to go back. But where is the money for the fare? At the end of one more long and hopeless day, Naurangia is offered an absurd job. A herd of swine has to be delivered to the other side of the river. The ferries refuse to take animals on board. So the herd must be manually driven across. Rama is at first scared of the wide river in front of them. What if she loses the baby? But Naurangia is adamant. On this side of the river there is hunger - on the other, money to take them home. They have no choice.



Cast: Naseeruddin Shah, Shabana Azmi, Utpal Dutt, Mohan Agashe, Om Puri, Anil Chatterjee

Director: Goutam Ghose

Music Director: Goutam Ghose

Story: Samaresh Bose


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


Raghu Romeo (2003)

Country: India

Language: Hindi

Year: 2003

Color/BW: COLOR

Category: Feature Film

Genre: Comedy


Description

It's the story of Raghu (Vijay Raaz), a man who takes television too seriously. The 30 year old waiter in a bar lives with his widowed mother in a ramshackle lower middle class tenement. A dancer from his bar, Sweety (Saadiya Siddiqui ), is in love with Raghu and a gangster Anna ( Saurabh Shukla ) is in love with Sweety. The shining light inspires Raghu to coast through his humdrum existence with a semblance of equanimity is Neeta, an ideal woman, who unfortunately is not a real person but a character in a long running hit television soap-opera. A madcap adventure ensues when reality collides with fantasy...



Cast: Vijay Raaz, Saddiya Siddiqui, Maria Goretti, Saurabh Shukla, Veerendra Saxena, Surekha Sikri, Vinay Pathak

Director: Rajat Kapoor

Music Director: Pritam


Salaam Bombay (1988)

Also Known As: Salaam Bombay!

Country: India

Language: Hindi

Year: 1988

Color/BW: COLOR

Category: Feature Film

Genre: Drama


Description

Ten-year-old Krishna is a street dweller in Bombay. He finds many strugglers like him on the street, his only abode. Krishna experiences sorrows and joys of life for himself; and those who have seen only miseries, he sees them transforming into different human beings.



Cast: Nana Patekar, Anita Kanwar, Raghuvir Yadav, Amrit Patel, Ram Moorti, Shaukat Azmi, Irfan Khan, Yunus Parvez, Sanjana Kapoor, Anjan Srivastav, Sulabha Deshpande, Dinshaw Daji

Director: Mira Nair

Music Director: L Subramaniam


Suraj Ka Satvan Ghoda (1992)

Also Known As: The Seventh Horse Of The Sun

Country: India

Language: Hindi

Year: 1992

Color/BW: COLOR

Category: Feature Film

Genre: Drama, Romance


Description

This film narrative takes place over seven days during which time Manek Mulla, a young man barely out of his teens, tells three stories about himself. These stories revolve around Manek's involvement with women. In each case one or another circumstances leads to his separation from his beloved. The tone of the stories is 'tongue-in-cheek' and sometimes borders on the fantastic and surreal. There is consistency and ambiguity - a blurring of a distinction between the real and the invented.

For Menak Mulla, the purpose of telling these stories is to define the meaning of love. As it transpires, none of the stories Manek tells actually define love.... If they do, they define what love is not.

The film is a comedy but not without a twinge of pain and a sense of loss.



Cast: Amrish Puri, Neena Gupta, K K Raina, Pallavi Joshi, Raghuvir Yadav, Rajit Kapoor, Rajeshwari Sachdev, Riju Bajaj, Veerendra Saxena, Himani Shivpuri, Lalit Tiwari

Director: Shyam Benegal

Music Director: Vanraj Bhatia

Story: Dharmvir Bharati


Tiladaanam (2001)

Also Known As: The Rite - A Passion

Country: India

Language: Telugu

Year: 2001

Color/BW: COLOR

Category: Feature Film

Genre: Drama


Description

Tiladanam, is the first Telugu film to get an International award and the first Indian film at Pusan to get the award. Subbaiah Sastry, a highly respected scholar in his prime endures his neighbors, contempt due to his acceptance of Tiladanam, a lowly rite involving acceptance of the sins of the dead in exchange for money. At odds with his son, Raghuram, a terrorist hunted by the police, Subbaiah has to perform an arcane, yet expensive, ritual to save his son and grandson from an evil influence. Portraying a father's belief in his religion and traditions versus his son's revolutionary ideology, the film focuses on the changing economic position of the Brahmins in today's changing times.



Cast: H G Dattatreya, Jaya Seal, Brahmaji, AVS, Bharani, Annapurna, Attili Laxmi, Prasad Babu

Director: K N T Sastry

Music Director: L Vaidyanathan


Wheel Chair (1994)

Country: India

Language: Bengali

Year: 1994

Color/BW: COLOR

Category: Feature Film

Genre: Drama


Description

Sushmita is paralysed below her neck while escaping a rape attempt. She is admitted to a private nursing home for neurological handicapped patients run by Dr. Mitra, himself a paraplegic. Here she meets a wide variety of patients. Her case is handled by a young physiotherapist Santu, who works hard and soon she can move her fingers. During the process. Santu and Sushmita fall in love but she won't hear of marriage till Santu tells her that they can live a normal married life and have children. Santu very dramatically convinces her that she can even work in an office.



Cast: Soumitra Chatterjee, Laboni Sarkar, Arjun Chakraborty, Manoj Mitra, Ruma Guha Thakurta, Debatosh Ghosh, Koushik Sen

Director: Tapan Sinha

Music Director: Tapan Sinha


Format: DVD

Label:NFDC

Catalog No: NFDC DVD 099

DVD Region: All Region

No Of Disks: 20

Subtitles: English

Video: NTSC