Sunday afternoon, January 27, 2019 at 2:00 P.M. at ACAD: “Maqbool (Macbeth)”
Sunday afternoon, February 24, 2019 at 2:00 P.M. at AUArts: “Omkara (Othello)”
Sunday afternoon, March 24, 2019 at 2:00 P.M. at AUArts: “Haider (Hamlet)”
Sunday afternoon, April 28, 2019 at 2:00 P.M. at AUArts: “Blue Umbrella” (Hindi, 2005)
Vishal Bhardwaj’s three Shakespearean tragedies blew industry away with his audacity and spunk, and the visual language of his cinema—universal yet grounded in an Indian sensibility. Now Hidden Gems would like to share another of his multifaceted talent. Blue Umbrella is based on the novel by Ruskin Bond, an Indian author of British descent.This fable where the umbrella is supreme metaphor, and can symbolise anything to anyone. The umbrella connotes desire and status, love and greed. Vishal weilds a magical wand, creating a profound, simplistic tale of humanity and emotion. Nandu, a tea stall owner, with a yen for pickle and all things beautiful, played by the inimitable Kapur, with a delightful accent, owns every frame he is in, and gives Blue umbrella the pathos and drama it requires. Shreya as the hillside lass is cunning and cute, in the same breath. Her role does not call for histrionics and hi-jinx, but demands maturity, The cinematography captures the seasons of Himachal in all their splendour. Ruskin Bond was awarded Padma Bhushan in 2014 for Children’s literature in 2007. The film won the National Award for Best Children’s film. Only, we would recommend it for adults too. Special discount for children $10.
Sunday afternoon, August 25, 2019 at 2:00 P.M. at AUArts: “The Far Pavilions” (English, 1984)
Experience the epic historical-romance “The Far Pavilions” during this special screening of the series. Released in 1984 as HBO’s first miniseries, the five-hour narrative explores love and Indian-British history through an adaptation of the 1978 novel of the same name. Be sure to bring a cushion along to stay comfortable during the screening, which will be split into two parts throughout the afternoon and evening.