There’s English-speaking Hollywood. There’s Hindi-tongued Bollywood. And there’s Mani Ratnam, the man who revolutionized and popularized India’s other major movie genre, Tamil-language cinema. Over a four-decade career, Ratnam has made boundless films that criticize politicians, challenge social mores, question intellectual thought, and reap commercial success.
The Museum of the Moving Image will pay tribute to this prolific director by showing three of his most powerful works—Roja, Bombay, and Dil Se—all of which investigate romance against the backdrop of Indian politics.
As a special treat, Ratnam will attend all three screenings and participate in discussions afterward with Richard Peña, director emeritus of New York Film Festival and professor of film studies at Columbia University.
Details: Politics as Spectacle: The Films of Mani Ratnam, Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Avenue, Kaufman Arts District, Roja (July 31, 7 pm), Bombay (August 1, 4 pm), and Dil Se (August 2, 4 pm), $15.
Photos by Museum of the Moving Image