Bollywood's tryst with the pichle janam
began quite early. Not in the pichle janam
, but pretty early all the same.
The Bimal Roy Centenary Committee, in collaboration with Moving Images and the Hyderabad Film Club, is organising a film festival
of the legendary director the late Bimal Roy, from 29th to 31st January, at Prasads IMAX and Cinemax.
A total of 9 films - Devdas, Do Bigha Zameen, Parakh, Yahudi, Madhumati, Bandini, Sujata, Udayer Pathey and Parineeta, and a documentary titled Remembering Bimal Roy, will be screened during the 3-day festival.
Madhumati, a 1958 film, directed by Bimal Roy and written by Ritwik Ghatak, will be screened on 30th January, at Cinemax. The music is scored by Salil Choudhary, and the lyrics are by Shailendra. The movie stars Dilip Kumar, Vyjayantimala, Pran and Johnny Walker. It was one of the earliest films to deal with reincarnation, and was the first and only collaboration between Roy and Ghatak - and one of their most commercially successful and influential films.
On a stormy night, Devendra (Dilip Kumar), an engineer, drives down a hill road with his friend, to fetch his wife and his child from the railway station. A landslide blocks their path and the friends take shelter in an old mansion just off the road. Devendra finds the house uncannily familiar. In the large front room he finds an old portrait that he recognizes. His friend and the old caretaker of the house join him, and Devendra, amidst flashes of memory from another life, sits down to tell his story while the storm rages outside.
Bimal Roy (12 July 1909 - 7 January 1966) was one of the most acclaimed Hindi film directors of all time. He is particularly noted for his realistic and socialistic films like Do Bigha Zameen, Parineeta, Biraj Bahu, Madhumati, Sujata, and Bandini, making him a significant part of Hindi cinema.
Roy was born to a Bengali family in Dhaka, and after India's independence, moved to India. He entered cinema as a camera assistant with New Theatres Pvt. Ltd, during which time he assisted director P C Barua on the 1935 hit Devdas starring K.L. Saigal. He then went on to win a number of awards throughout his career - including 11 Filmfare Awards, a National Film Award, and the International Prize of the Cannes Film Festival.
Entry is free for everyone, and passes are available one hour before each screening. Please contact 98496-16063 / 93910-202 for further details.