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Tagore Centre Film Series 2017: Masaan / Crematorium
March 28 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm UTC+0
(2015, 109mins, Hindi, dir. Neeraj Ghayvan)
Winner of the Prix de l’avenir and a FIPRESCI Prize at Cannes in 2015, this nuanced debut feature (from Anurag Kashyap’s former assistant) narrates the parallel rebellions of three young residents of Varanasi. Their intertwined 21st century lives are also inextricably linked to the ghats of the Ganges – riverfront steps serving as Hindu cremation grounds. A ‘sex scandal’ brings shame on Devi, the daughter of a priest. Meanwhile, upper-caste Shaalu falls for engineering student Deepak, who comes from a family of corpse burners. An astute and richly-layered evocation of contemporary small town India.
The film will be introduced by Dr Ashvin Devasundaram (Queen Mary University of London) who will also lead a post-screening audience discussion. Dr Devasundaram is Programming Adviser to the London Asian Film Festival, Creative Director of the Edinburgh Asian Film Festival, and author of India’s New Independent Cinema: Rise of the Hybrid – the first scholarly book on new Indian indie cinema.