And if you have an opinion about Islamic fundamentalists, or for that matter about Yudhisthira, here's something that'll massage it.
The Hyderabad Film Club, in collaboration with the Federation of Film Societies of India, Mumbai, is organising a 3-day Festival Of Films From Central Asia, from 11th to 13th May, at Sarathi Studios in Ameerpet. Today, the inaugural day, Kosh Ba Kosh, a film from Tajikistan, will be screened.
A joint production by Germany/Japan/Russia/Switzerland, the film is directed by Bakhtyar Khudojnazarov. This movie was shot during a civil war between Islamic fundamentalists and everyone else in the newly independent country of Tadjikistan, which is near Pakistan and Afghanistan. The constant presence of sounds of gunfire and, in night scenes, the additional illumination by tracer bullets, adds urgency and another layer of feeling to this fairly conventional romance.
Mira (Paolina Galves) has just returned home to Dushanbe from Russia to visit her father (Bokhodur Dzhurabaev), a wastrel who is completely addicted to a local gambling game called "odds and evens", or Kosh Ba Kosh. Even though he has no power over her, he's recently wagered (and lost) her in a game of odds and evens. Meanwhile, she has met a cable car operator (Daler Madzhidov) with whom she forms a relationship.
For further details, please contact Bh S S Prakash Reddy of the Hyderabad Film Club at 2373-0841/93910-20243.