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Agantuk / The stranger

Directed by: Satyajit Ray.

Cast: Ajit Banerjee, Despankar Dey, Mamata Shankar, Dhritiman Chatterjee, Utpal Dutt, Robi Ghosh, Subrata Chatterjee, Bixram Bhattacharya.

A wise and witty world traveler returns to Calcutta after 35 years to visit his niece, who had only briefly known him as a child. She accepts the stranger's story, but her suspicious husband believes the long-lost uncle is an imposter who has come to claim an inheritance. Bengali with English subtitles. VHS.

 

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Aparajito

Directed by: Satyajit Ray.

Cast: Pinaki Sen Gupta, Karuna Banerji, Smaran Ghosal.

This second chapter in the Apu trilogy follows Apu and his family to the city. In Bengali with English subtitles. VHS.

 

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Charulata / The lonely wife

Directed by: Satyajit Ray.

Cast: Soumitra Chatterjee, Madhabi Mukherjee, Sailen Mukhejhee.

The wife of a publisher tries to find a way out of her confining domestic situation. In Bengali with English subtitles. VHS.

 

 

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Earth

Directed by: Deepa Mehta.

Cast: Aamir Khan, Nandita Das, Rahul Khanna, Maia Sethna.

During the upheavals of Indian independence and partition, a young Hindu girl is romantically pursued by a Muslim, without regard for their religious differences. Surrounding violence catches up, and he turns against Hindus in general, and finally against his love and the values which prompted it. Hindi, Urdu, Parsee and Punjabi with English subtitles. DVD.



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Fire

Directed by: Deepa Mehta.

Cast: Shabana Azmi, Nandita Das, Kulbushan Kharbanda, Jaaved Jaaferi, Ranjit Chowdhry, Kushal Rekhi.

In a barren, arranged marriage to an amateur swami who seeks enlightenment through celibacy, Radha's life takes an irresistible turn when her beautiful young sister-in-law seeks to free herself from the confines of her own loveless marriage and [falls] into the supple embrace of Radha."--Container. DVD.

 

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In custody

Directed by: Ismail Merchant.

Cast: Shashi Kapoor, Shabana Azmi, Om Puri.

A passionate comedy about an Indian poet who learns that his famous idol has feet of clay. Hindi and Urdu with English subtitles. VHS.

 

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Jana-aranya / The middleman

Directed by: Satyajit Ray.

Cast: Pradip Mukherjee, Satya Banerjee, Dipankar Dey, Lily Chakravarty, Aparna Sen, Gautam Chakravarty, Sudesna Das, Utpal Dutta, Rabi Ghosh, Bimal Chatterjee, Arati Banerjee, Padma Devi, Soven Lahiri, Santosh Dutta, Bimal Deb, Ajeya Mukherjee, Kalyan Sen, Alokendu Dey.

Based on: Jana-aranya / ´Samkara. In Bengali with English subtitles. VHS.

 

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Monsoon wedding

Directed by: Mira Nair.

Cast: Naseeruddin Shah, Lillete Dubey, Shefali Shetty, Vijay Raaz, Tilotama Shome, Vasundhara Das, Parvin Dabas, Kulbhushan Kharbanda.

Love, lust and hope envelop an upper middle-class Indian family and their world-wide guests as they celebrate for four days the arranged marriage of their daughter to an East Indian man from Texas. English language soundtrack; some dialogue in Hindi or Panjabi with English subtitles ; with optional subtitles in French or Spanish ; closed-captioned in English for the hearing impaired. DVD.

 

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Pather Panchali

Directed by: Satyajit Ray.

Story of a rural family cursed with bad luck. Father Hari is a dreamer and poet, while his hard-working wife struggles to feed the family. But Durga, a free-spirited and petty thief, brings tragedy to the family in a moment's carelessness. VHS. In Bengali with English subtitles.

 

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Spices

Directed by: Ketan Mehta.

Cast: Smita Patil, Naseeruddin Shah, Om Puri, Suresh Oberoi, Deepti Naval.

Explores a community's reaction to an oppressed woman's plight, as she spurns the unwanted advances of a tax collector and takes refuge in a pepper factory. VHS Format. In Hindi with English subtitles.

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The world of Apu

Directed by: Satyajit Ray

Tells of Apu, a struggling writer who, visiting the wedding of a friend's sister, finds himself the bridegroom when the husband-to-be is discovered to be insane. Apu's wife soon dies in childbirth and the shattered Apu, refusing to see his son, leaves to wander alone through the country. Several years later Apu's friend hunts him down and convinces him to return to his son. VHS Format. In Bengali with English subtitles

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