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India on Film on Tour

India on Film on Tour is your chance to celebrate rarely seen true classics of Indian cinema. Available to book from August until November, this collection of films celebrates the best of Indian filmmaking.

Many of these films have been previously unavailable to screen in the UK and there is no better time to share them with your audience than this seventieth anniversary year of India’s independence.

We have negotiated exclusive terms and availability of films that show the breadth of the subcontinent’s film craft, from the romantic dream of Guru Dutt’s musical masterwork Pyaasa to Satiyjat Ray’s powerful parable of tradition and modernity, The Music Room via Ritwik Ghatak's social realist classic The Cloud-Capped Star.   

We have a number of speakers available for introductions to the films. There is also funding to support venues that screen multiple features from the programme. For more information or to express your interest contact

Included in the tour:

Bombay (1995):  With incredible songs and huge dance numbers, this melodrama set during the 1993 Bombay riots tells the tale of star-crossed lovers with a score by A. R. Rahman (Slumdog Millionaire). DCP | Blu ray & DVD

The Clay Bird (2002): As Bangladesh gains independence in 1960, a young boy is sent to a madrasa by his devout Muslim father. Inspired by Jean Renoir and Abbas Kiarostami, this is a complex and poetic portrayal of Islam. 35mm | DVD

The Cloud-Capped Star (1960): An undisputed arthouse classic, Ritwik Ghatak’s story of a post-partition Bengali family is a dark melodrama full of expressionistic beauty, with a rare empathy for its female characters. 35mm | DVD

Day Shall Dawn (1958): Recently unearthed after being lost for decades, this is the moving neorealist story of a fisherman who refuses to be destroyed by the crushing conditions he lives under. DCP

Hotel Salvation (2016): A Best Exotic Marigold Hotel told from the Indian perspective, as a father and son consider their lives at the titular the banks of the Ganges. A warm and thoughtful film about mortality and legacy. DCP

The Music Room (1958): Satyijat Ray's impressive parable tells a tale of modernity clashing with tradition, set within the decaying palace of a landlord incapable of seeing that the world around him is crumbling. Blu ray

Pyaasa (1957): From India’s Golden Age of filmmaking comes this sumptuous tale of a poet’s ambitions featuring incredible songs and swoon-worthy black and white photography. DCP

Scorching Winds (1974): The tale of a Muslim family who chose to stay in India following partition and the high price they pay, this film sensitively depicts the human cost of political change. DCP

Silent Waters (2003): In her debut feature, Sabiha Sumar's feature debut tells a personal story of Islamic radicalisation, as a headstrong son is beguiled by the promises offered by dangerous forces. DCP | DVD

India on Film on Tour is part of the wider celebration of the UK and India in 2017 led by the British Council. To read more click here.

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