Habitat Film Club celebrates 75 years of Reel Magic with a special package celebrating landmark films from each decade, using original format 35mm prints.
It is a look back with nostalgia not just at Indian cinema and its changing face and pace over the last 75 years, but a celebration of our own 35 mm projectors that we began our Habitat Film journey with 25 years ago. Projectors which we have nursed and zealously maintained in working order, despite the changed face of projection technology. Today as the world has switched almost entirely to digital screenings, we are possibly one of the few surviving spaces that still houses and uses 35mm projectors in addition to the latest format digital projection equipment.
The history of Indian Cinema is older than India’s Independence and our look back with nostalgia brings some iconic films marking the decades since its attainment. Films that were milestones, for a host of different reasons. For content and treatment, for capturing the hearts of audiences across the country and internationally, for breaking the mould and creating new trends. Critically acclaimed Hindi, Bengali, Malayalam, Marathi and Tamil game changers, from across the length and breadth of the world’s largest movie-producing nation. There are more, many, many more and this is far from a definitive list. It is dictated in large part by the condition and availability of the 35mm prints of the films. Made possible by the cooperation and collaboration with the Directorate of Film Festivals, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Govt. of India.,
So, enjoy the magical chemistry of Raj Kapoor and Nargis in Barsaat (1949 ) that established Raj Kapoor and his RK banner in the industry.
- Bengal’s genius Satyajit Ray’s Pather Panchali (1955 ) that put Indian films on the world map.
- Shyam Benegal’s debut film Ankur (1974 ) that ushered in a new genre of Indian film making.
- Malayalam classic Chemmeen (1965 ) that explored the difficult subject of an inter-religious affair.
- Roja (1992) the Tamil film that unleashed the tsunami of A.R. Rahman’s musical genius.
- Kundan Shah’s absurdist drama, Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron (1983 ) that subsequently acquired a cult status.
- Befittingly, we close with Paresh Mokashis’s Harishchandrachi Factory(2010) capturing the story of where it all began with India’s first full length film, Dadasaheb Phalke’s Raja Harishchandra.
The 35 mm package is introduced on Aug 1st by noted film scholar, Prof. Ira Bhaskar, Professor, Cinema Studies, School of Arts and Aesthetics, JNU. Insights before each subsequent screening will be provided by film scholars - Smita Banerjee, Bijoy Philip, Abhija Ghosh and Anugyan Nag.