This January 2020, we are delighted to be screening five Bollywood musicals at Phoenix Cinema, Leicester, Belgrade Theatre Coventry and Square One Cinema at Coventry University that celebrate 50 years of cinematic magic created by Javed Akhtar through his iconic films and unforgettable songs. Join this very special season that celebrates his 75th birthday where he will share his craft of writing for the Bollywood musical – an event filled with wit, poetry and imagination.
Javed Akhtar is a master of the Indian musical and one of Bollywood’s most noted film writers, poets and lyricists, whose credits include the movies, Deewar, Zanjeer and Sholay along with iconic songs such as Ek Ladki Ko Dekha, Do Pal Ruka Khwabon Ka Karvan, Main Koi Aisa Geet Gaon and Kal Ho Na Ho. He is a recipient of the Padma Shri (1999), Padma Bhushan (2007), the Sahitya Akademi Award as well as five National Film Awards.
DIL DHADHAKNE DO
Sun 5 January, 2pm Phoenix Cinema, Leicester BOOK NOW Tue 21 January, 2pm Belgrade Theatre, Coventry BOOK NOW Sat 1 February, 12:15pm NFT Southbank, London includes intro by Javed Akhtar BOOK NOW The Mehra family must contemplate over their way of living and their love lives while on a cruise celebrating their 30th wedding anniversary. Starring: Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Ranveer Singh, Anil Kapoor, Anushka Sharma, Farhan Akhtar, Shefali Shah and Javed Akhtar Director: Zoya Akhtar Cert 12A, 170min, Hindi with English subtitles, India, 2015
Sun 12 January, 2pm Phoenix Cinema, Leicester BOOK NOW Thu 30 January, 7pm Square One Cinema, Coventry includes In Conversation with Javed Akhtar BOOK NOW Four friends reunite to relive their moments of glory as a rock band. Starring: Farhan Akhtar, Arjun Rampal, Prachi Desai, Luke Kenny, Purab Kohli Director: Abhishek Kapoor Cert 12, 145min, Hindi with English subtitles, India, 2008
Sun 19 January, 2pm Phoenix Cinema, Leicester BOOK NOW Fri 24 January, 7pm Belgrade Theatre, Coventry BOOK NOW A simple man, Vijay, is recruited by a police officer to masquerade as Don, the leader of an international gang of smugglers. But things go wrong when the officer is killed and Vijay is left to fend for himself. Starring: Shahrukh Khan, Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Arjun Rampal Director: Farhan Akhtar Cert 12A, 178min, Hindi with English subtitles, India, 2006
Tue 21 January, 7pm Belgrade Theatre, Coventry BOOK NOW Fri 31 January, 7.30pm Phoenix Cinema, Leicester BOOK NOW includes In Conversation with Javed Akhtar A poor but big-hearted man takes orphans into his home. After discovering his scientist father's invisibility device, he rises to the occasion and fights to save his children and all of India from the clutches of a megalomaniac. Starring: Sridevi, Anil Kapoor, Amrish Puri Director: Shekhar Kapur Cert 12A, 179min, Hindi with English subtitles, India, 1987
LIFE GOES ON
Tue 28 January, 7pm Belgrade Theatre, Coventry BOOK NOW includes Q&A with composer Soumik Datta Wed 29 January, 6pm Phoenix Cinema, Leicester BOOK NOW includes Q&A with director Sangeeta Datta A doctor faces challenges in life as well as from his daughters after the sudden passing of his wife. Starring: Sharmila Tagore, Girish Karnad, Om Puri, Soha Ali Khan Director: Sangeeta Datta Cert 12A, 120min, Hindi and Bengali with English subtitles, UK, 2009
Sat 1 February, 15:50pm NFT Southbank, London In conversation by Javed Akhtar BOOK NOW
Screening as part of BFI Musicals! The Greatest Show on Screen, a UK-wide film season supported by National Lottery, BFI Film Audience Network and ICO. bfimusicals.co.uk
Supported by Arts Council England
Produced in association with Tongues on Fire, Belgrade Theatre Coventry and Phoenix Art and Cinema Leicester.