Film screening and Q&A: Bombay talkies
Celebrating 100 years of Hindi cinema
Join us for a free screening of Bombay talkies (2013), an acclaimed anthology film by four well-known Bollywood filmmakers. Directors Zoya Akhtar, Dibakar Banerjee, Karan Johar and Anurag Kashyap offer four experimental narratives which explore the rich cinematic traditions of the cinema city of Bombay (Mumbai). The film was released on 3 May 2013 to celebrate the 100th year of Indian cinema and the beginning of a new era in modern cinema.
This screening of Bombay talkies will be followed by a Q&A session with leading scholar of contemporary Indian cinema Professor Ajay Sinha.
This event is part of the Sydney Asian Art Series
About the speaker
Ajay Sinha is professor of art history, Asian studies and film studies programs at Mount Holyoke College, USA. He is also a specialist of South Asian visual and material culture; his research areas include the history of ancient religious architecture, as well as modern and contemporary art, photography and film in India. His scholarship and teaching are informed by post-colonial theories, perspectives on global modernities, as well as critical media and technology studies. Publications include Imagining architects: creativity in Indian temple architecture (2000) and a volume of essays on Indian film, co-edited with Raminder Kaur, titled Bollyworld: popular Indian cinema through a transnational lens (2005). His current, book-length work relates to transcultural photography, and tells a story of interactions between the cultural worlds of India and the USA documented in a set of over 100 photographs of an Indian dancer, Ram Gopal, who posed for an American photographer, Carl Van Vechten, in New York City in 1938.
Image: Still from Bombay talkies (2013), Viacom18 Media Pvt Ltd