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Indian & Tibetan Cinema

Hindi/Urdu cinema is the most prolific in the world, churning out literally hundreds of films a year. Centred in Mumbai (once Bombay), it has earned the nickname 'Bollywood' (see 'Browse the Aisles' sub-category 'Bollywood Masala'). The cinema Western audiences are used to from India is what local audiences there would term 'art films'. These are not widely patronised in India, but many such as 'The Apu Trilogy' from Bengali director Satyajit Ray and the works of Mira Nair like 'Salaam Bombay' and 'Monsoon Wedding' have been received to great acclaim in the wider world. This section is called 'Indian & Tibetan'. From Tibet we have (at the moment) just a handful of films. But as film makers emerge from this region Alice is committed to expanding our collection from both Tibet and India.

1971 (2007)

8/10
Director: Amrit Sagar
Starring: Manoj Bajpai, Ravi Kishan, Manav Kaul, Deepak Dobriyal, Kumud Mishra, Chittaranj...

Set against the backdrop of a POW camp in Pakistan, Amrit Sagar's directorial debut follows six Indian prisoners, awaiting release after their capture... Read more

A Tale of a Naughty Girl (2002)

6.7/10
Director: Buddhadeb Dasgupta
Starring: Samata Das, Rituparna Sengupta, Arpan Basar

India, 1969. Rajani, a prostitute, and her daughter, Lati, both live in a bordello in a little town called Gospaira. Hoping that her daughter will hav... Read more

Aksar (2006)

4.9/10
Director: Ananth Narayan Mahadevan
Starring: Dino Morea, Udita Goswami, Emraan Hashmi

Photographer Ricky (Emraan Hashmi) is known for both his talent and his womanising ways. After a chance encounter with rich business man Raj (Dino Mor... Read more

Amal (2007)

7.6/10
Director: Richie Mehta
Starring: Roshan Seth, Seema Biswas, Naseeruddin Shah, Koel Purie, Rupinder Nagra

Amal Kumar (Rupinder Nagra) drives a motorized rickshaw on the crowded streets of New Delhi. One day, while pursuing a pint-sized purse snatcher, the... Read more

Anamika (2008)

3.2/10
Director: Ananth Narayan Mahadevan
Starring: Dino Morea, Minissha Lamba, Koena Mitra

A remake of Alfred Hitchcock's first American film 'Rebecca' (1940), this Bollywood version stars Dino Morea, Minissha Lamba and Koena Mitra in the le... Read more

Aparajito ( Apu Trilogy Part 2 ) (1956)

8.2/10
Director: Satyajit Ray
Starring: Pinaki Sengupta, Smaran Ghosal, Karuna Banerji

The chronicle of a Bengali family continues in the 'Apu trilogy' and takes up where 'Pather Panchali' left off. Apu's father brings the family to the... Read more

Armaan (2003)

5.3/10
Director: Honey Irani
Starring: Amitabh Bachchan, Anil Kapoor, Gracy Singh, Preity Zinta

Dr. Siddharth Sinha (Amitabh Bachchan) is a heart surgeon raising funds to turn his small hospital into a state-of-the-art medical facility. Dr. Akash... Read more

Asoka (2001)

Director: Santosh Sivan
Starring: Shahrukh Khan, Kareena Kapoor, Danny Denzongpa

A sweeping epic which traces the life of Emperor Asoka, the grandson of Chandragupta Maurya who ascended the throne of Magadha in the 3rd century B.C.... Read more

Awarapan (2007)

7.3/10
Director: Mohit Suri
Starring: Emraan Hashmi, Mrinalini Sharma, Shriya Saran, Ashutosh Rana

Shivam (Emraan Hashmi) is a man with a broken-hearted past who has left his faith behind and now works for a gangster boss in Hong Kong. He is given... Read more

Bandit Queen (1994)

7.6/10
Director: Shekhar Kapur
Starring: Seema Biswas, Nirmal Pandey, Manoj Bajpai

Based on the true-life of Phoolan Devi, a lower-class woman who was sold at age 11 by her family as a child bride but later escaped. Challenging her c... Read more