The 14th annual Bollywood festival of Indian film gets underway at Prague's Světozor cinema on Thursday night. Over the next four days, the event will offer a selection of classical as well as contemporary movies mainly from India. Among the films screened at the festival this year will be Sultan, the fourth-highest grossing Indian film of all time, with Indian superstar Salmar Khan in the lead role or the spectacular historical drama Bajirao Mastani, loosely based on real events in the first half of the 18th century.
The 13th annual Bollywood festival of Indian film got underway in Prague on Wednesday night. Over the next five days, the event will offer a selection of classical as well as contemporary movies mainly from India. Among the films screened at the festival this year will be Bang Bang, a Bollywood remake of a Hollywood action comedy Knight and Day, which was partly shot in the Czech Republic. For the first time this year, the festival will also expand to Pilsen and Brno.
This Wednesday, the annual Bollywood festival of Indian film gets underway in Prague. Now in its 12th year, the festival offers a selection of classical as well as contemporary movies from India and Pakistan, along with a rich accompanying programme. The subtitle of this year’s event is “Children of Bollywood.” I spoke to Radim Špaček, one of the festival’s organizers, and first asked him about the choice of the main theme:
All this week Prague has been playing host to the sixth annual Bollywood festival of Indian film. The festival has grown from an informal gathering of film students into a major cultural event, echoing the transition of Bollywood itself into a mainstream art form with mass appeal across the globe. And, as Rob Cameron reports, the special guest at this year’s festival is a cult figure for a generation of Czechs.
The Prague Bollywood Festival, now in its fourth year, all came about back in 2003, when three friends - students at Prague's Film Academy FAMU - organised a few showings of Indian films for their fellow students. The following year they decided to organise a real film festival, at Zizkov's arthouse Aero Cinema. That was such a resounding success, so they did it again the next year.
A rather unusual exhibition opened in Prague's Adria Palace on Friday - a collection of film posters representing decades of Bengali cinema. Unlike the commercial song and dance extravaganzas of Bollywood, Bengali cinema is known for its bold experimentation, and the Bengali film industry is one of the oldest in India. Its most famous proponent is the director Satyajit Ray, whose 1955 classic The Song of the Road was the first Indian film to enter the international arena of art cinema. At the official launch Radio Prague spoke to the exhibition's
Few people can boast of having Czech-Nepalese heritage, fluency in four languages and an in-depth knowledge of traditional Indian dance. Few people except maybe Rob Cameron's guest in One on One - Sangita Shresthova. Sangita's childhood was divided between Prague and Kathmandu, but now she lives in Prague, where she studies film, teaches and performs dance. Recently she helped to organise a festival of Bollywood film.