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  1. Saturday, February 15, 2014 7:00 p.m.
Still image from the film Maqbool

Unreleased in the U.S.

Loosely based on the genre of the “spaghetti western,” Maqbool (“the accepted one”) is an adaptation of Macbeth that situates themes from The Godfather in present-day Bombay. This is a contemporary tragedy set in the underworld of India’s commercial capital and features two corrupt, fortune-telling policemen who advise Jahangir Khan, the head of a crime family. Things go awry when Khan’s mistress plots with his favored lieutenant, Maqbool, to kill him. But Maqbool soon finds that overthrowing his rival is just the beginning of his struggle. In Hindi language with English subtitles. (HD presentation)

South Asian Gangster Films

These films are not the standard Bollywood fare of song and dance routines, simplistic love stories, and happy endings. They represent a new breed of Indian filmmaking that has captured critical attention from both Western and Indian media by dispensing with most Bollywood conventions in favor of well-developed characters and storylines. What really makes these films stand out is not just their stylistic quality, but their serious engagement with a myriad of social issues relevant to contemporary India and its modernity. Through the lens of criminal gangs, they examine issues such as caste prejudice, political corruption, police complicity in criminal activity, the rural-urban divide, the breakdown of traditional family structures, and the inherent violence of Indian life, including against women. Special thanks to Michael Dodson.