A Letter From Bollywood

A Letter From Bollywood


The first edition of the Edinburgh Festival of Indian Films & Documentaries (EFIFD) will take place from 7th to 11th September 2016.

The Festival will feature over 40 films and documentaries from the Indian sub-continent, Q&A with film makers, seminars and post-screening discussion with expert academic panels, exhibitions, and exciting live music performances of popular and classical Indian music.

Special guest of honour, Indian actor Om Puri, will have a retrospective of his films and will take part in various events throughout the Festival.

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The Festival is divided into four sections:

India @ 70 Documentary Seminars hosted by The University of Edinburgh

The Indian New Wave Cinema @ 50 hosted by Film Guild at The Filmhouse

A Taste of India hosted by Heriot Watt University at Riccarton Campus

Scottish Premieres of New/Unreleased Indian Films at the Grassmarket Community Project

The five-day event is a unique showcase of cinematic output from over five decades of moviemaking featuring an eclectic mix of themes ranging from histories and human drama, faiths and philosophies, music, magic, fine arts, popular culture, politics and personal stories.

These are some of the highlights:


God’s own people explores the bonds between the devotees and the divine through millennium old rituals at the largest pilgrim gathering of 21st century in the Indian town of Puri in July 2015. Narrated by Bollywood legend Amitabh Bachchan, the screening will be followed by Q&A with director Nila Madhab Panda.

Hawa Hawaii is one of Indian cinema’s most moving films on street kids since Mira Nair’s Salaam Bombay.

Nachom-ia Kimpasar (“Let’s Dance to the Rhythm”) A love story set in 1960s Goa, this film celebrates the region’s unique musical legacy shaped by Portuguese influences. With foot-tapping dance numbers, the film captures the turbulent lives of Goa’s unsung practitioners and their influence on early Bollywood music.

Ekk Albela (“The Unique One!) Set in the Indian film industry of 1940s-50s, it is an acclaimed biopic on Bollywood’s first male action hero and dancing star, Bhagwan Dada.

Shaheb Bibi Aur Gholam (“Master, Wife & Servant”) A new age Bengali drama set in Kolkata featuring a contract killer, a housewife and a taxi driver in an unusual game of chance and revenge!

Jai Ho  A biopic documentary on A.R. Rahman, considered one of the world’s most influential people by Time Magazine, the film explores the evolution of Rahman’s music style as a fusion of Eastern sensibilities and Western technology.

We are privileged to have the amazing Marianne Svašek performing live on an exclusive Dhrupa recital.

The Edinburgh-based ensemble of musicians Swaryatra (UK) will take you through a beautiful musical journey in ‘BOMBAY BEATS: An Evening of Tales and Tributes. From the classical K.L. Saigal to contemporary A.R. Rahman and from the ‘Showman of Indian cinema’, Raj Kapoor, to the ‘King of Romance’, Shah Rukh Khan

Full programme, film trailers and links to EVENTBRITE for ticket purchases can be found on the official EFIFD Facebook page:

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