EMU to host Indian film festival, discussions April 17-18
YPSILANTI — As part of its celebration of Indian arts and culture, Eastern Michigan University will host a series of well-known Indian films and discussions with one of India’s leading actresses, Vasundhara Das, and director Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, April 17-18 at the Bruce T. Halle Library on EMU’s main Ypsilanti campus.
The films and discussions are free and open to the public. All films will be shown in the Halle Library Auditorium.
Monday, April 17:
• 10-11:30 a.m.: Enjoy a montage of relevant and popular Indian movies,
• 2-6 p.m.: "Taal" tells the story of a United Kingdom-based young man who falls for the daughter of a singer while on a sightseeing trip throughout India. The story traces their journey to Bombay to meet his parents, but they find themselves treated as second-class citizens.
• 5:30-8:30 p.m.: Monsoon Wedding is set in the modern upper-middle class of India, where telecommunications and a western lifestyle mix with old traditions during a four-day wedding celebration during the monsoon season.
A discussion with actress/singer Vasundhara Das, who appeared in the movie, will follow immediately after the film. A classically trained singer and now actress, Das has sung for more than 20 Indian films including “Lagaan.” She is well-known for her song, Shakalaka Baby. She was a guest performance at Saturday’s concert, “Wake Up! A.R. Rahman with 150 All Stars.”
Tuesday, April 18
• 10-11:30 a.m.: Enjoy a montage of relevant and popular Indian movies
• 2-5 p.m.: "Roja," is a Tamil feature film directed by Mani Ratnam, one of India’s leading filmmakers. The film follows a young woman whose husband is abducted by a jihaadi group of militants who want an independent Kashmir.
The score and soundtrack were composed by A.R. Rahman, who performed Saturday at EMU. The soundtrack is among the all-time Top 10 soundtracks listed by TIME magazine in 2005.
• 5-8:30 p.m.: "Rang de Basanti," a film about the spirit of rebellion and the standing up for one’s beliefs. An idealistic English filmmaker arrives in India and hires college students to make a film on Indian evolutionaries and their fight for freedom from the British Raj. Critics call the film a youthful drama with light-hearted moments.
A discussion with the film’s director, Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, immediately follows the film.
Mehra set up Flicks Motion Picture Co. Pvt.Ltd, and went on to direct more than 250 commercials for major brands in India, such as Pepsi and Toyota. He started directing feature films in 2001. His first film, “Aks,” won numerous awards.
Eastern Michigan University is a public, comprehensive university that offers programs in the arts, sciences and professions. EMU prepares students with the intellectual skills and practical experiences to succeed in their careers and lives, and to be better citizens.
Eastern Michigan University is a public, comprehensive university that offers programs in the arts, sciences and professions. EMU prepares students with the intellectual skills and practical experiences to succeed in their career and lives, and to be better citizens.
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