Online Indian Film Festival – Pushkin Cinema Budapest 2022.


Between 28 March – 1 April 2022.

Pushkin Online Cinema – District V., 18. Kossuth Lajos Str. Budapest

The online Indian Film Festival organized in cooperation with Pushkin Cinema Budapest

The INDIAN FILM FESTIVAL ONLINE is dedicated to Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav –

Festival of Indian Freedom marking the 75th year of India’s Independence.


The festival will showcase a selection of 5 films of different genres and periods … Secret Superstar (2017), Raja Hindustani (1996), Halal Love Story (2020), Ghulam (1998) + The unwoven threads of Kashi (2021). Starting from old classics to the youngest generation’s experiment, including regional movies. The event is an endeavor to promote bilateral co-operation in the fields of art and culture between India & Hungary via Indian cinema which is known for its vibrancy and color. 

Monday, March, 28. 2022. – 8 p.m.

Secret Superstar (2017) – Indian musical drama 150 mins

Language: Hindi, subtitles: Hungarian

Directed by: Advait Chandan, Screenplay: Advait Chandan, Music: Amit Trivedi

Cast: Zaira Wasim, Aamir Khan, Meher Vij, Raj Arjun

Movie short review: India is very passionate about singing but she belongs to a very conservative family. Her father doesn’t let her develop her talent but her mother secretly lets her follow her passion for singing. She begins anonymously posting her songs over the internet and gains nation wide fame including people from the music industry. The movie shows her journey to break free and follow her dream of being a singer.

Tuesday, March, 29. 2022. – 8 p.m.

Raja Hindustani (1996)- Indian drama 177 mins

Language: Hindi, subtitles: Hungarian

Directed by: Dharmesh Darshan,Screenplay: Robin Bhatt, Music: Shravan RathodNadeem SaifiSurendra Singh Sodhi

Cast: Aamir KhanKarisma KapoorSuresh OberoiJohny Lever

Movie short review: Raja is a poor man who lives in India. He meets with a very rich girl, and both fall in love with each other. The girl’s name is Aarti, who lives with her step-mother, who is very cruel, father and and step-cousin, who oppose her having any contact with Raja. But Aarti is stubborn, and gets married to Raja. After their marriage, her step-mother, father and step-cousin pretend to accept them, but actually are planning to bring an end to their relationship.

Wednesday,  March, 30. 2022. – 8 p.m.

Halal Love Story (2020) – Indian comedy-drama, 110 mins

Language: Malayalam, subtitles: Hungarian

Directed by: Zakariya Mohammed, Screenplay:Ashif Kakkodi, Zakariya Mohammed, Muhsin Parari, Music: Shahbaz Aman, Bijibal

Cast: Indrajith Sukumaran, Joju George, Sharaf U Dheen, Grace Antony

Directed by: Zakariya Mohammed, Screenplay:Ashif Kakkodi, Zakariya Mohammed, Muhsin Parari, Music: Shahbaz Aman, Bijibal.

Movie short review: Two cinema enthusiasts from a religious organization decide to make a movie in accordance to the religious understanding of permissible and forbidden. They find an experienced crew from the mainstream but they have reservations on the cast of the lead couple. The couple has to be married to each other so that behaving closer to each can be religiously permissible.

Thursday, March, 31. 2022. – 8 p.m.

Ghulam (1998) – Indian action, crime, drama, 1998, 162 mins

Language: Hindi, subtitles: Hungarian

Directed by: Vikram Bhatt, Screenplay: Anjum Rajabali, music: Amit Trivedi

Cast: Aamir KhanRani Mukerji, Rajit Kapoor

Movie short review: Ghulam means a slave. Sidharth (Aamir Khan) is an amateur boxer who does not work, preferring to loaf about with friends. His older brother Jai (Rajit Kapoor) works with a gangster who rules the neighborhood, terrorizing merchants and demanding protection money. As a child Sidharth idolized his father, an ex-freedom fighter, whom he saw committing suicide in guilt after a visit from an old acquaintance. Sidharth meets a girl, Alisha (Rani Mukerji), who rides with a motorcycle gang, and Hari, a social worker. The film tells the story of Sidharth’s romance with Alisha and his reformation.

Friday, April, 1. 2022. – 8 p.m.

Unwoven Threads of Kashi (2021) – Indian drama, 2020, 84 min

Language: Hindi, Bhojpuri, subtitles: Hungarian

Directed by: Abhishek Singh, Screenplay: Abhishek Singh, Music: Parth Saini

Cast: Veena Sahay, Umesh BhatiaNavin Chandra

Movie short review: Kashi, a city on the banks of the river Ganges in India is engulfed with the tide of Envy, Greed, Hatred, Criticism, and Materialism, the present society abodes but never mentions. People are treated like toys while non-living objects are given more importance. Their lives revolve around some cultural norms which need to be corrected with time but have never been the part for a change. Abode by these cultural entities, they exploit humans who are weaker to them. A daughter-in-law is suppressed by her mother-in-law as her mental state is abnormal, a newly married Hindu priest has to pay for his brother’s wife(widow) while he struggles financially, a widow who has surrendered her hopes to start a new life, a cremator(dom) is considered an untouchable because his work is a lower class. Among this, is a ‘Benarasi Sari’ which is traveling into their lives looking for its ultimate descend. It reaches every house giving us insight into their story. How will this one sari affect the life of these individuals? Will it lead to more chaos or absolute harmony? Who will be its final owner.

The price per-film is 1200HUF which can be purchased at the Távmozi website …

Source: Amrita Sher-Gil Cultural Center – Embassy of India Budapest

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