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Death and Deception: The BFI is screening contemporary Indian thrillers


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This Autumn, the British Film Institute is screening four critically acclaimed contemporary Indian thrillers, in a programme entitled DEATH AND DECEPTION. These films screen as part of the crossover between the BFI’s current INDIA ON FILM season, and the upcoming THRILLER season, WHO CAN YOU TRUST? 

The films offer powerful social critiques, and richly diverse insights into criminal worlds.

Talvar (dir. Meghna Gulzar, 2015) is a police procedural based on a real-life double homicide. Starring Irrfan Khan and Konkana Sen Sharma, the film is based on the 2008 Noida double murder case, in which a teenage girl and her family servant were found murdered, and her parents were convicted for the crime. The film is directed by maverick, female filmmaker, Meghna Gulzar, whose bold style lends itself to this hard-hitting film.

NH10 (dir. Navdeep Singh, 2015) is a feminist thriller that sees a woman become a killer in self-defence, after she and her partner witness an honour killing. The film marked the first production to emerge from experimental production company, Clean Slate Films, established by Bollywood icon Anushka Sharma, and her brother, Karnesh Sharma, to pioneer new content for a new India and a global audience. NH10 emerged a sleeper hit, critically lauded and loved by audiences.

Cult film Sairat (dir. Nagraj Manjule, 2016) is a revenge saga revolving around a caste-based honour killing, which opened at the Berlin Film Festival and went on to break domestic, Marathi box office records as well as becoming the first Marathi film to gross over 100 crore worldwide. 

Completing the line-up is the Tamil, black comedy-crime film Jigarthanda (dir. Karthik Subbaraj, 2014). The film is part-meta-gangster flick, part-musical, and a violent meditation about a filmmaker who becomes a gangster in order to get his film made.

As part the British Council’s UK-India Year of Culture, the BFI has been celebrating Indian film throughout 2017, and the INDIA ON FILM programme runs at BFI Southbank until December. 

Other highlights of the forthcoming BFI THRILLER season will include UK-wide re-releases of North by Northwest andThe Silence of the Lambs, and a special day-long event at BFI Southbank on Saturday 11 November – THE BIG THRILL – during, which  audiences will be able to dissect the craft that goes into creating cinematic suspense, explore the nasty women of film and television, and hear from special guests from in front of and behind the camera.

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