Not Just Bollywood

Not Just Bollywood returns this Autumn with a focus on films from South India, a diverse region that brings together four major film industries – Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Kannada. South Indian cinema is arguably the most technically accomplished, influential, and cinematically in tune in all of India, demonstrating time and again a capacity for creative innovation.

The season includes a screening of Kummaty, restored in 4K by The Film Foundation’s World Cinema Project, The Film Heritage Foundation and Cineteca di Bologna at L’Immagine Ritrovata Laboratory, in association with General Pictures and the family of Govindan Aravindan. Funding provided by the Material World Foundation.

Not just Bollywood is curated by Omar Ahmed, UK–based film scholar and Rachel Hayward, HOME’s Interim Creative Director: Film.

See the full line-up of films below.

In this festival

Director Rajat Kapoor On Not Just Bollywood

Writer, director and star of family drama Ankhon Dekhi, Rajat Kapoor, explains why now is a great time to be celebrating India's independent movie scene.

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The HOME Film Podcast: Not Just Bollywood 2017 Special

Our Not Just Bollywood film season celebrates India's often-under-sung independent cinema scene, featuring exclusive screenings of award-winning films and a host of special guests.

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Not Just Bollywood: Caste and Alternative Indian Cinema

Not Just Bollywood curator Omar Ahmed discusses the caste system in indian cinema.

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35 Things You Might Not Know About Our 2017 Not Just Bollywood Films

This September sees the debut of Not Just Bollywood, a brand new film season showcasing the often-undersung world of India’s independent movie scene. Here, curator Ahmed…

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Interview with Manohar and I director Amitabha Chaterji

Ahead of the UK premiere of Manohar and I as part of Not Just Bollywood, Dr Sanghita Sen caught up with director Amitabha Chatterji.

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Books to Accompany Not Just Bollywood 2022

Claire Dorsett, from Cornerhouse Publications, has curated a selection of complementary reads from their catalogue to accompany HOME's latest Not Just Bollywood film season.

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Previously in this Festival

UK premiere/ Noi

The story of Bisnu, a middle-aged fisherman, who undergoes a journey to identify the body of an unknown man. A semi-autobiographical, critiquing political corruption, hypocrisy…

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Kummatty

This lyrical South Indian folktale is a remarkable study of nature, magic and the Keralan landscape. The film tells the story of Kummatty, a mythical…

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UK Premiere / A Rifle and a Bag

The Naxalite Movement, one of the most sustained political folk/tribal movements in the global south, is the focus of this brilliantly observed documentary by the…

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UK premiere/ Nasir

Nasir is a powerful slice of neo-realism and a searing indictment of religious hatred in a Muslim community in Tamil Nadu. An unmissable work from…

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UK premiere/ Nasir post-screening discussion

Event/ This screening will be followed by a discussion about the representation of Muslims in Indian cinema.

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Gamak Ghar

Director Achal Mishra’s impressive feature debut weaves together an intricate succession of absorbing vignettes to present a story about renewal, change and neglect.

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RRR

The most expensive Indian film ever made is a madcap mythological pastiche for the ages. A mélange of everything that is captivating about popular South…

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UK Premiere/ Manohar and I

Mon 4 Oct

Two individuals meet regularly in Calcutta to share stories, forging a connection that reveals expressions of desperation, solitude and love.

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Not Just Bollywood/ Round Figure

Sudheer, a washed-up character actor from the heyday of Bollywood, comes out of retirement aged 63 after her realises he's on the verge of a…

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Not Just Bollywood presents Pakeezah + Introduction

Omar Ahmed, co-curator of Not Just Bollywood, introduces Pakeezah

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Not Just Bollywood presents/ Pakeezah

One of the most extraordinary musical melodramas ever made, Pakeezah is much beloved by audiences for Meena Kumari’s breathtakingly tragic turn as the doomed Sahibjaan.

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Dishoom Cooking Experience

Join Dishoom’s Executive Chef Naved Nasir for a highly unique onstage cooking experience at HOME.

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The Elements Trilogy: Fire + Introduction

This screening of Fire on 11 Sep at 18:05 will be introduced by season curators Omar Ahmed and Rachel Hayward.

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Nirvana Inn

Tamil filmmaker Vijay Jayapal’s follow up feature to his assured 2016 debut Revelations is a contemporary Indian Gothic that blurs the line between reality and…

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The Elements Trilogy: Earth

A searing adaptation of Bapsi Sidhwa’s novel ‘Cracking India’  (1991) Deepa Mehta’s second part in the Elements trilogy illustrates how women were victims of Partition.

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The Elements Trilogy: Fire

Deepa Mehta’s seminal film is a powerful critique of patriarchy and one of the first Indian films to depict a lesbian relationship.

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The Wanderlust of Apu

A follow up to Satyajit Ray's classic Apu Trilogy, The Wanderlust of Apu (Avijatrik) brings back to the big screen, after sixty years, the enduring…

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A Dog and His Man

Shoukie, the last resident of a village in Chhattisgarh Central India, has been served a final eviction notice. Left only with his dog & old…

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The Namesake

With perhaps her most personal film yet, Nair returns with a cross-generational, trans-continental, culture clash family drama based on Jumpha Lahiri’s best-selling novel.

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Namdev Bhau in Search of Silence

The mythical ‘Silent Valley’ is the destination for Namdev Bhau, a sixty-five year-old chauffeur who cannot cope with the noise of the city anymore.

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I Am Belmaya

An extraordinarily intimate window into Belmaya’s world, giving an insight into the brutality of life for many girls and women in Nepal, and showing her…

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One Hour Intro: In Your Eyes – The Films of Irrfan Khan

This one hour intro will give audiences an insight into the career of Irrfan Khan, exploring his stardom, acting style & key films that defined…

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Too Desi Too Queer

A dynamic and thought-provoking selection of recent LGBTQIA+ short films exploring the lives, experiences and well-being of South Asian LGBTQIA+ communities in the Subcontinent and…

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The Warrior Recorded Intro

This screening of The Warrior will have a recorded introduction from director Asif Kapadia.

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Manohar and I Recorded Intro

This screening of Manohar and I will feature a recorded introduction by director Amitabha Chaterji.

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The Namesake + Recorded Introduction

This screening will have a recorded introduction from The Namesake screenwriter Sooni Taraporevala.

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A Dog and His Man + Recorded Introduction

This screening will have a recorded introduction from director Siddharth Tripathy.

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Nirvana Inn + Recorded Introduction

This screening will have a recorded introduction from director Vijay Jayapal

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The Warrior

Sat 2 Oct 18:30

A stunning epic relating a warrior's quest for redemption after renouncing violence, stunningly filmed in the deserts of Rajasthan and the mountains of northern India.

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Not Just Bollywood/Little Zizou

A wildly original and exuberant comedy about two battling Bombay families.

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A Death in the Gunj

Life for a shy young Indian student slowly falls to pieces during a family road trip.

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The Elements Trilogy: Water

The final part of the Elements trilogy is set in  1938 during a time of growing resistance to British rule and deals with the discrimination and ostracism…

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Ankhon Dekhi Q&A

We will be joined by actor, writer and director Rajat Kapoor for a post-screening Q&A.

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Panel Discussion: India’s Independent Cinema – Past, Present and Future

This screening will be followed by an informal panel discussion exploring Indian independent cinema. We will be joined by Ashvin Devasundaram, Lecturer in World Cinema…

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Kothanodi Intro

This screening will be introduced by Alexandra Delaney, Birmingham City University.

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Newton

Having already bagged a major prize at this year’s Berlin Film Festival, Newton stars Rajkumar Rao, one of Indian cinema’s brightest acting talents. A seamless…

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Ankhon Dekhi

Multi-talented actor, writer and director Rajat Kapoor’s idiosyncratic masterpiece is one of the key works of the new Indian independent cinema. This semi philosophical comedy…

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The Cinema Travellers

One of the most critically-acclaimed documentaries to have come out of India in years, Amit Madheshiya and Shirley Abraham’s stirring portrait of the travelling cinemas…

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Court

An astonishing directorial debut, this skilfully scripted documentary-style melodrama from Chaityane Tamhane won a major prize at the Venice Film Festival. Taking a pointed look…

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Kothanodi

Based on Indian folk tales, this debut feature is an impressive supernatural horror compendium. Focusing on the lives of four women, connected by motherhood, the…

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One Hour Intro/ Caste on Indian Screen: Marginalising the real in the reel

Using clips and a range of examples, this talk looks at the dynamics of representation of caste in Indian cinema.

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Bandit Queen

Based on the life of Phoolan Devi, India’s most feared outlaw, director Shekhar Kapur’s controversial masterwork is a brutal tale of caste oppression that features…

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Waiting

Shot in the picturesque coastal city of Kochi, two strangers strike up an unlikely friendship in a hospital waiting room that leads to an extended…

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UK Premiere: Kadvi Hawa

A cautionary and instructive work about the devastating impact of climate change on the lives of debt ridden farmers in Rajasthan.

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Jai Bhim Comrade

This extraordinary chronicle and political odyssey of the Dalit (“untouchable”) movement in India is arguably the highpoint to Patwardhan’s remarkable career as Indian cinema’s most…

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Masaan

An Indo-French co-production and winner of two prizes at the Cannes Film Festival, director Neeraj Ghaywan’s debut feature (written by Varun Grover – Sacred Games)…

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Tikli and Laxmi Bomb

This brilliantly nuanced quasi-noir thriller from Aditya Kripalani (adapted from his 2015 novel) depicts the defiant yet tragic lives of female sex workers in Mumbai…

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The Hungry Q&A

We will be joined by producer Kurban Kassam and actor Antonio Aakeel for a post-screening Q&A.

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Masaan Post screening discussion

This screening will be followed by a free and informal roundtable discussion.

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Tikli and Laxmi Bomb Introduction

This screening will be introduced by season curator Omar Ahmed.

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Photograph

A struggling street photographer in Mumbai who is pressured to marry by his grandmother convinces a shy stranger to pose as his fiancée.

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Waiting Introduction

This screening of Waiting on Wed 2 Oct at 18:10 will be introduced by Roy Stafford, freelance film educator.

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The Elements Trilogy

Made over a period of ten years, Deepa Mehta’s controversial Elements trilogy was a monumental undertaking exploring gender, sexuality, violence and religion from the feminist…

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Lipstick Under My Burkha

Focusing on the lives of four women from a cross section of Indian society, director Alankrita Shrivastava constructs an inclusive and empowering representation of female…

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Sir

Set in contemporary Mumbai, writer and director Rohena Gera’s debut film Sir is a sharply crafted urban fairy-tale with fine comic touches.

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One Hour Intro: The New Woman and Contemporary Indian Cinema

Delve deeper into our Not Just Bollywood film season with this special one-hour introduction that explores the growing power of the female audience at the…

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The Hungry

This strikingly crafted UK-Indian co-production is a murderous and twisted adaptation of Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus that stages a story of revenge, family and betrayal in…

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