As much as we love watching Indian films, we have to agree to the fact that the role of women is changing in Bollywood. Over past decades, Indian cinema has seen a significant change in female roles. Contemporary films portray female characters as more independent, confident, and career oriented.
As part of Qatar-India year of culture, Doha film institute is screening such two handpicked films from Bollywood
The film is set in Colonial India in the early 1940s. The plot begins with an arrogant subedar (Naseeruddin Shah) (local tax collector in colonial India) and his henchmen rampaging through a village. The subedar has an eye for women and soon spots Sonbai (Smita Patil) on the riverbank. Sonbai is an intelligent, beautiful and strong woman. Her confidence intrigues the subedar.
Set in Calcutta during the 1950s, The Big City explores the evolving independence of middle-class women of the city. Arati (Madhabi Mukherjee), a homemaker, takes a job as a door-to-door saleswoman to meet the increasing financial pressure on her orthodox and conservative family, who share a cramped apartment. Despite the disapproval of her father-in-law, Priyogopal (Haren Chatterjee), the hesitant and nervous Arati soon begins to prosper in her field and gradually starts to enjoy her new-found financial and psychological independence.
To reserve your seats for both the movies go to www.dohafilminstitute.com
Event strategic partners are Qatar museum, Qatar-India year of culture and Museum of Islamic art.
Airline partner is Qatar Airways
Cultural partner is Miami film festival.