Indian Summer: Bollywood Film Series this August

No one tells a Hollywood fantasy like Hollywood -- with the exception of India. Bollywood is India's cinematic love letter to Hollywood film style.

They are big and bold; saturated with color and costumes; replete with beautiful music and romantic story lines. Bollywood is Hollywood magnified ten times. Denver Public Library samples some of the finest Bollywood has to offer with three exceptional films in August. Free and open to the public.

Monsoon Wedding (2001)
Tuesday, August 13, 6:30-9 p.m.
Central Library, Level B2 Conference Center
Directed by Mira Nair.
“Welcome to the Verma family of New Delhi, India. The daughter of the house, Aditi (Vasundhara Das), is getting married. Her stressed out father Lalit (Naseeruddin Shah) is going crazy dealing with the wedding planner PK Dubey (Vijay Raaz) who is smitten with the family maid Alice (Tillotama Shome). Family from around the world are descending on them, the wedding tent is white, more saris must be bought for the groom’s (Parvin Dabas) family, the bride has a secret love affair she can’t renounce and her cousin Ria (Shefali Shetty) is hiding something that could test the bonds of the family. Will we have a wedding at all when all’s said and done?” - 114 minutes. Rated R.

Saawariya (2007)
Tuesday, August 20, 6:30-9 p.m.
Central Library, Level B2 Conference Center
Directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali.
“The title of Saawariya carries a double meaning; it refers to both an epithet for the Hindu god Krishna and to a title sought by many Indian lovers, who wish to reach a state of "Saawariya," or overpowering consumption by love. Director Sanjay Leela Bhansali's romantic drama Saawariya weaves the tale of the ill-fated romance between two such individuals: artist Raj, who finds the fulfillment of his soul's yearning when he enters one of the most picturesque rural hamlets in India, and his lover, Sakina, a mysterious young woman whom he spots standing on a bridge. Raj tries desperately to win Sakina's love and devotion, but finds it increasingly difficult to accept the truth of her past.” – Nathan Southern, 142 minutes. Rated PG.

Bride and Prejudice (2004)
Tuesday, August 27, 6:30-9 p.m.
Central Library, Level B2 Conference Center
Directed by Gurinder Chadha.
“Every so often, the unseen managers of the galaxy bestow on us mere mortals a vision of rare incongruous beauty: a solar eclipse, a streaking comet, a shooting star, Bollywood goddess Aishwarya Rai happily riding a tractor. Treasured moments from the golden age of the Soviet musical may dance in stricken viewers' heads, but Bride and Prejudice is of course an update of Jane Austen’s marriage comedy adapted to the Bollywood commandments, including irregularly scheduled song-and-dance interludes, kaleidoscopically hued art design, and strictly no kissing on the lips.” – Jessica Winter, The Village Voice. 122 minutes. Rated PG-13.


Written by Chris on August 9, 2013


Anonymous on August 15, 2013


Great choices!

mahesh moyal on April 5, 2014



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