Amitabh Bachman, Hema Malini, Dharmendra, Dev Anand, Rekha, Shashi Kapoor and that most famous of Khans… Shahrukh. Bollywood stars are worshipped by literally billions of people all over the world. Whether it’s the 1.2 billion people in India whose appetite for Indian films makes Bollywood the world’s most prolific film industry or the far flung Indian Diaspora whose obsession with Bollywood serves to affirm their culture and even identity in foreign lands, or the adoring fans of Asia minor, no one can deny the power of Indian Cinema.
This year, Bollywood turns a century and to commemorate this occasion Wits Theatre in association with IndiaAfrica is hosting a week of Indian movies to celebrate 100 Years of Bollywood! The week long programme is undertaken in partnership with the Centre for Indian Studies, the Film and TV department and the Department of Digital Studies. On May 16, Wits Business School will also host the finals of the 2nd INDIAFRICA BusinessVenture Competition.
Wits Main Theatre, which seats 350, will be the main venue for the film screenings as listed below. The film line-up is quite diverse, a combination of blockbuster and art movies that tackle everything from the Indian/Muslim divide to the strict caste system, forbidden love and poverty to corruption in the police service.
Newly appointed Director of Wits Theatre who is producing the event said: “I grew up on a diet of weekly double feature Indian movies on Saturday nights at Adam’s Cinema in Chatsworth. We loved the drama… the tearful heroines, the very villainous villains and off course the romantic leads who made all our hearts beat a little faster and provided fodder for overactive teenage imaginations. This event is a tribute to the role that Bollywood films played in the lives of the Indian community whose cultures were marginalised in apartheid South Africa”.
Visit this link to view the schedule of movies: http://www.wits.ac.za/witstheatre/19887/