If you’re curious to know more about India, or your heart is already there and you long for a return visit, you will enjoy this season’s Cine Club screenings, which include six Bollywood films, at the National Gallery.
“For Cine Club, we try to show films that you would not normally get to see at the cinema, or may not have heard of, but that are also accessible and fun for a general audience,” says this season’s guest curator, Lise Hurlstone. “It’s a chance to add a different sort of activity to your social calendar.
“This season will be really exciting as Indian cinema offers so much variety for all tastes. Indian cinema produces really unique and high-quality films that we often don’t hear about unless we seek them out,” she says. “There is such a rich history of visual culture and performance from India, you cannot help but be drawn in to the images on the screen.
“These films are a nice introduction for anyone who is curious about Bollywood and other types of films from India.”
Bollywood produces more than 2,100 feature films each year.
This season’s theme is “A Passage Through India,” and the screenings will begin with the highest grossing comedy ever in India – “3 Idiots” – which focuses on the lives and antics of a group of engineering students. It will be screened at 7 p.m. Monday.
Each movie screening will allow audience members to experience Indian classical dance performers, quiz master chai wallahs, and the drama of an Indian wedding.
The first session of Cine Club will also include Indian-inspired beverages and light snacks to add to the experience of the film, as well as a short introductory talk with insights into this season’s movies.
The gallery also will host a free screening of the popular film “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” at 11 a.m. Saturday.
The comedy-drama features a cast that includes Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Bill Nighy, and Celia Imrie, and the story revolves around a group of British retirees who are enticed to travel to India after seeing advertisements for the luxurious hotel of the same name, only to find out things are not what they seem when they arrive.
Films are screened every other Monday at 7 p.m. at the gallery’s Dart Auditorium.
Cine Club membership grants access to this season’s six meetings, refreshments, film handouts and member discussions after each screening. Membership is $50 for six meetings or $10 per movie (drop-in fee). A reduced rate is available for gallery members. For more details, call 945-8111 or email [email protected] A complete list of films can be found at www.nationalgallery.org.ky.