South Asian Gangster Films


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All films are unreleased in the U.S.

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. Tickets to all screenings are $3.

Series poster can be found here.

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