Not Just Bollywood @HomeMcr

A season of independent Indian cinema at HOME, presenting a selection of one-off screenings exploring a flourishing film scene rarely experienced in British cinema

By Lee Isherwood | 19 July 2017

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HOME have announce Not Just Bollywood, a season of independent Indian cinema dedicated to introducing audiences to must-see films, many of which never made it onto UK cinema screens, curated by Omar Ahmed, a UK-based film scholar & PhD researcher (Indian Cinema) at the University of Manchester.

The Indian ‘Hindie’ (Hindi + Indie) film scene has flourished over the past decade, producing bold and original works and presenting new voices, talent and production companies. With such energy and change in Indian film, HOME’s Not Just Bollywood season makes for essential viewing, plugging audiences into a vibrant independent scene and filling an until-now overlooked gap in British film programming.

Alongside a series of events, including a post-screening Q&A with award-winning actor, writer and director Rajat Kapoor, an informal panel discussion exploring recent trends in Indian cinema and a One Hour Intro in which Omar Ahmed will examine the new voices emerging from the Indian independent industry, screening highlights include Ankhon Dekhi (2013), Court (2014) The Lunchbox (Dabba) (2014), Kothanodi (2015), The Cinema Travellers (2016) and Newton (2017).

Omar Ahmed said: “I am delighted that HOME and the Film Hub North West Central (BFI) have given me the opportunity to curate Not Just Bollywood, a formidable season of independent Indian films. Many of these films have rarely been shown in UK cinemas, which makes the season altogether substantial. The season is made all the more exciting for the related events, special guests and discussion that will help to enrich what is already a diverse and dynamic film culture in the North.”

Rachel Hayward, Programme Manager: Film, HOME, added: “We are extremely excited by the line-up presented in Not Just Bollywood, a season that truly explores our ideas of Indian cinema and presents new voices, including the multi-talented Rajat Kapoor who we’re very pleased to be welcoming to the region for a Q&A.”

Thu 14 – Sat 30 Sep 2017
To book tickets please visit or call box office on +44 (0)161 200 1500.