Bollywood special this weekend

ABOVE AND BEYOND: Vohra's films playfully explore love, life and competition in the 'urban chaos' that is Bombay.

A LOCAL independent cinema has announced that it will be playing host to special Bollywood screenings this weekend, 10-11 April 2010.

Manchester’s Cornerhouse, on Oxford Road in the city centre, will be showing two of Paromita Vohra’s cutting-edge documentaries as part of its Bollywood and Beyond programme.

‘Q2P’ (2006) and ‘Morality TV and the loving Jehad’ (2007) are both Vohra’s playful takes on how men and women love, live and compete in the ‘urban chaos’ of Bombay. Both documentaries last less than an hour each.

Q2P takes an ironic look at how men and women live and compete for the use of public toilets in Bombay, considering the infrastructure of India’s capital city, how it’s 17million inhabitants survive, and the politics and rights for Indian women.

Similarly, Morality TV and the Loving Jehad examines a 2005 police operation where officers swooped down on lovers in a park and began to beat them up, taking along photographers and news cameramen with a promise of an exclusive.

As the images of the operation played repeatedly on all Indian news channels, Meerut saw some of the couples run away out of fear and shame. The film examines a town’s complex dynamics – the fear of love, the constant scrutiny and control of women’s mobility and sexuality, a history of communal violence, caste and feudal equations.

This not to be missed double-bill is the first of three screenings that are part of Cornerhouse’s collaboration with Between Kismet and Karma, a UK-wide project showcasing creative responses to conflict by South Asian women artists.

Featuring five experimental films that explore the interplay between gender and conflict in it’s widest sense this season gives a fascinating insight into South Asian culture from a female perspective.

The season continues on Sunday 25 April 2010 with award-winning film ‘Khamosh Pani’ – an moving exploration of the lives of two generations of Pakistani women.

Finally, on Wednesday 5 May 2010 there is a double-bill of documentaries from Bangladeshi filmmaker Yasmine Kabir, providing a lyrical look at the Bangladeshi liberation war and Chittagong’s ship-breaking graveyard.

Bollywood and Beyond is Cornerhouse’s rolling monthly programme of films which celebrate Indian Cinema.

It offers a unique opportunity to learn about South Asia’s multi-faceted culture and long history in filmmaking. Spanning classic, new, fresh and noteworthy Bollywood films, this is an opportunity to enter a world that’s like nothing you’ve ever experienced.

You can book tickets by visiting the website or by calling the cinema’s Box Office on 0161 200 1500 between noon and 8pm.

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