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Reel India with Lalit Mohan Joshi

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Lalit Mohan Joshi

This unique short course is designed to introduce audiences to the vast cinematic heritage of India, from historic roots to unprecedented growth. This two-day event invites participants on a fast paced tour of Indian Cinema with the director of the South Asia Cinema Foundation, Lalit Mohan Joshi; Social Historian and Chief Researcher of the South Asian Cinema Foundation, Dr Kusum Pant Joshi; and former BBC Urdu Service Radio Producer and writer Raza Ali Abidi.

01-05, 10.00 – 11.15: The First Steps: The Silent Era to the Talkies
This talk charters the emergence of cinema in India on July 7th 1896 from foreign curiosity to a captivating new art form.

01-05, 11:45 – 13.00:  Boom and Bust: The Rise and Fall of the Studios
This talk examines the periods of Indian cinema of the 1930s and 1940s, starting in 1931 with the first talkie in India and addressing the rise of the Studio System.

01-05, 14.00 – 15.15: The Classic Touch: Post-independence and the Golden Age
This session looks at the influential films of the 1950s and the 1930s – the so-called “Golden Age of Indian Cinema”.

02-05, 10.00 – 11.15: Let’s Get Real: India’s New Wave Cinema
This talk looks at how in the 1950s, Satyajit Ray’s realism put Indian cinema on the global film map. In the 1960s and 1970s Ray’s cinema as well as other factors led to the New Wave movement.

02-05, 11.45 – 13.00: Going Big: The Era of Romance, Action and Superstardom
This session contrasts two Indian superstars of the 1970s, Rajesh Khanna as the fresh faced heartthrob and Amitabh Bachchan as the rugged action hero, and discusses the contexts from which they emerged.

02-05, 14.00 – 15.15: Into the Future: The Beginning of Independent Cinema
This session launches into the bold new world of independent cinema.

Lalit Mohan Joshi

Lalit Mohan Joshi
Lalit is a respected film historian, critic and former BBC broadcast journalist. He is the co-founder of the South Asian Cinema Foundation (SACF) alongside Kusum Pant Joshi, who is a social historian, researcher and community worker.


Raza Ali Abidi
Raza is a journalist and broadcaster with a long career working with the BBC Urdu Service. He has published many short-stories and has a deep understanding of Hindi film.

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