BFI India on Film showcases ‘New Bollywood’, 21 Apr – 30 May

Co-curated by BFI Head Curator Robin Baker and writer and programmer Meenakshi Shedde, the BFI’s India on Film programme starts with Bollywood 2.0 in April and runs until  December 2017. The programme has kicked off this month at BFI Southbank with Bollywood 2.0, a focus on ‘New Bollywood’ films which have pushed the boundaries of conventional Bollywood filmmaking by combining song and dance numbers with more realistic stories that tackle issues such as caste, crime, homosexuality and feminism. The films in Bollywood 2.0, which runs from 21st April – 30th May 2017 have been acclaimed at festivals worldwide as well as finding large audiences in India and overseas.

Bollywood 2.0

New Bollywood has dynamited the myth of the great, happy Indian family and pressed the eject button on the masala formula of romance, fights, six songs and a happy ending. The tectonic plates of art and entertainment have converged, making for a growing middle ground of ‘Mindie’ films – realistic films about people like us, but with songs. Liberated from convention, they tackle issues including caste, crime, homosexuality, the oppression of Muslim minorities, dysfunctional Indian families and feminism – and many have delightful numbers that make you want to leap up and dance! Globalisation has brought international co-productions, yet many voices retain their originality. The films in our Bollywood 2.0 season have been acclaimed at festivals worldwide and found audiences in India.

Meenakshi Shedde, Guest Curator of India on Film

Music in Indian Cinema: Song and Dance

‘Music is the language of languages’
AR Rahman

Song and dance are Indian cinema’s unique selling points. The country’s musicals and dancicals are rooted in Indian folk song and dance, and song picturisation is an art, fusing poetry, music, choreography, cinematography and editing. Our Song and Dance season includes Om Shanti Om, a send-up of Bollywood tropes, and Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s period film Bajirao Mastani, which is replete with jaw-dropping music, dance and song picturisation. Satyajit Ray’s The Music Room (Jalsaghar), an exquisite elegy to the connoisseur, showed that song and dance could be integral to arthouse films too. Tamil director Mani Ratnam’s Bombay features the musical genius AR Rahman, who won two Oscars® for Slumdog Millionaire and also scored I Have Found It (Kandukondain Kandukondain), an eye-popping Tamil adaptation of Jane Austen’s novel Sense and Sensibility.



India on Film: Bollywood 2.0

Baahubali: The Beginning
Friday 21 April 2017 20:10, NFT3

Sunday 23 April 2017 20:10, NFT2

Friday 28 April 2017 20:20, NFT3

Saturday 29 April 2017 15:30, NFT3

UK Premiere: Baahubali: The Conclusion + Q&A with director SS Rajamouli and cast
Tuesday 02 May 2017 19:00, NFT1 Sold out!

Om Shanti Om
Tuesday 02 May 2017 20:00, NFT2

Om Shanti Om
Friday 12 May 2017 18:00, NFT2

The Music Room
Saturday 13 May 2017 15:45, NFT2

Seniors’ free matinee: Pinjar + intro by Lalit Mohan Joshi, director of the South Asian Cinema Foundation
Monday 15 May 2017 14:00. NFT1 General Admission

The Music Room
Thursday 18 May 2017 20:40, NFT2

Exploring Silent Indian Cinema + Q&A with Lalit Mohan Joshi and Pandit Vishwa Prakash
Saturday 20 May 2017 14:00, NFT3

The Coming of Sound and the Golden Era + Pandit Vishwa Prakash and Lalit Mohan Joshi in conversation
Saturday 20 May 2017 16:30, NFT3

Bajirao Mastani
Sunday 21 May 2017 17:30, NFT3

Monday 22 May 2017 20:20, NFT3

Bajirao Mastani
Tuesday 23 May 2017 20:00, NFT3

I Have Found It
Friday 26 May 2017 20:05, NFT2

Saturday 27 May 2017 17:45, NFT3

I Have Found It
Tuesday 30 May 2017 20:10, NFT3

£3 cinema tickets on the door for anyone aged 25 and under. For further information about BFI India on Film programme, visit:


The Art of Indian Cinema

Running alongside the India on Film programme at BFI Southbank from Friday 14 April through until December, The Art of Indian Cinema is a free exhibit of stunning posters and other promotional material drawn from the collections of the BFI National Archive, immersing visitors in the colour, spectacle and artistry taken from the golden age of Indian cinema art.

India on Film is part of UK/India 2017, a major cultural collaboration between the two countries. In collaboration with The British Council.

About UK/India 2017 Year of Culture

UK/India 2017 is a yearlong celebration of the long-standing relationship between India and the UK, which will see a vast programme of cultural exchange and activity take place in cities across both countries. Working with a huge number of partners and institutions, the British Council is developing a programme of cultural activity which will connect and inspire people in both countries; and strengthen and celebrate the UK and India’s cultural ties.

For more information on UK/India 2017, please visit

About the BFI

The BFI is the lead body for film in the UK with the ambition to create a flourishing film environment in which innovation, opportunity and creativity can thrive by:

  • Connecting audiences to the widest choice of British and World cinema
  • Preserving and restoring the most significant film collection in the world for today and future generations
  • Championing emerging and world class film makers in the UK – investing in creative, distinctive and entertaining work
  • Promoting British film and talent to the world
  • Growing the next generation of filmmakers and audiences

The BFI is a Government arm’s-length body and distributor of Lottery funds for film. The BFI serves a public role, which covers the cultural, creative and economic aspects of film in the UK. It delivers this role:

  • As the UK-wide organisation for film, a charity core funded by Government
    By providing Lottery and Government funds for film across the UK
    By working with partners to advance the position of film in the UK.

Founded in 1933, the BFI is a registered charity governed by Royal Charter. The BFI Board of Governors is chaired by Josh Berger CBE. The BFI Southbank is open to all. BFI members are entitled to a discount on all tickets.

BFI Southbank Box Office: 020 7928 3232. Unless otherwise stated tickets are £12.10, concessions £9.70 including Gift Aid donation. Members pay £2.00 less on any ticket –

Young people aged 25 and under can buy last minute tickets for just £3, 45 minutes before the start of screenings and events, subject to availability –

Tickets for FREE screenings and events must be booked in advance by calling the
Box Office to avoid disappointment

For further information about BFI India on Film programme, visit:


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