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+ special introduction
Mani Ratnam, India, 138 mins, 1995
Wed 29 Nov: 7pm
Mani Ratnam’s multi-award winning romantic musical was controversial on its release due to its political content but is now widely regarding as a seminal film in Indian cinema.
Shekar and Shaila are in love but neither of their families approve. He is the son of orthodox Hindus and she a Muslim – so they decide to elope. They settle in Bombay (now Mumbai) and start a family but civil unrest in the form of the 1992-93 Hindu-Muslim Riots turns their world upside down.
Bombay is a riveting and immensely moving film, with stunningly choreographed song and dance sequences and a virtuoso score by A. R Rahman
Screened as part of the BFI India on Film project with the support of the BFI, awarding funds from The National Lottery, the Heritage Lottery Fund, Independent Cinema Office and Into Film.