- Saturday, February 15, 2014 7:00 p.m.
Unreleased in the U.S.
Loosely based on the genre of the “spaghetti western,”
(“the accepted one”) is an adaptation
that situates themes from The Godfather
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.