In observance of the centenary of Indian cinema, the University of Illinois Library presents "Past, Present, Future: Indian Cinema at 100," a forum dedicated to examining the origins, evolution, and future of Indian cinema in both local and global contexts. This landmark event, marking one hundred years of innovation, growth, and productivity by the world's largest, most prolific, and most culturally diverse film industry provides a unique opportunity for the University of Illinois - home of nearly one thousand students who hail from the subcontinent, and more than forty South Asian specialists from across the disciplinary spectrum - to recognize the artistic, cultural, and historical contributions Indian cinema has made over the last century.
Bombay Not Rated, 138 min.
Bombay is a critically acclaimed 1995 Tamil film directed by Mani Ratnam, starring Arvind Swamy and Manisha Koirala, with music composed by A. R. Rahman. The film is located in the period of December 1992 to January 1993 in India, with special reference to the Babri Masjid controversy in Ayodhya.
Several films will be shown at the Spurlock Museum Knight Auditorum in conjunction with "Past, Present, Future: Indian Cinema at 100" throughout September, October, November, and December.
For more information on the schedule of films and other events being offered as part of the forum, visit the For more information on the schedule of films and other events being offered as part of the forum, visit the Past, Present, Future: Indian Cinema at 100 website (external link).
This event is co-sponsored by the University of Illinois Library, the Spurlock Museum, the Center for Advanced Study, the Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, the University of Illinois Office of Public Engagement, the Program in Gender and Women's Studies, the LGBT Resource Center, the Program in Comparative and World Literatures, the Department of English, and the School of Literatures, Cultures, and Liguistics at the University of Illinois.
Discussion by Professor Lalitha Gopalan (University of Texas at Austin) to follow.
Related Links: IMDB Profile for Bombay
Location: Knight Auditorium, Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory St., Urbana, IL Time: 7:00 PM Cost: Free Admission