Bollywood Film Festival Returns to Prague, October 19-22
Recent hits from Bollywood & throughout the Indian film industry will hit Prague’s Kino Světozor later this month when the Bollywood Film Festival - or Prague Indian Film Festival, to better describe its offerings - returns to the Czech capital for the 11th year running.
One of the highlights at this year’s festival will be the Czech premiere of Jab Harry Met Sejal (pictured above), which was shot in the Czech capital and other locations throughout Europe during 2016.
Two of Bollywood’s biggest stars, Shah Rukh Khan and Anushka Sharma, star in director Imtiaz Ali’s film about a woman who hires a tour guide to help her find the engagement ring she lost on a trip across Europe. The movie premiered in India this summer to lukewarm reviews.
Other festival highlights include Baahubali 2: The Conclusion, the second part of the epic historical action movie directed by S. S. Rajamouli that became one of the highest grossing Indian film ever earlier this year, with a tally nearing $300 million.
You may not know it by name, but you’ve probably seen clips of the battle scenes in the Baahubali films, which have spread like fire on social media.
Some of the other highlights at this year’s Prague Indian Film Festival include Saket Chaudhary’s new comedy Hindi Medium, starring the internationally-reknowned Irrfan Khan (Life of Pi, Slumdog Millionaire); Vikram Vedha, a Tamil-language crime drama starring Madhavan (3 Idiots); Take Off, a Malayalam drama about the terrorist siege of Tikrit in 2014; and Actor in Law, a comedy starring the great Om Puri, who unfortunately passed away earlier this year.
Most films screened during the Prague Indian Film Festival will be having their Czech premieres. All films will be presented in their original language and screened with English subtitles; most (but not all) will also have Czech subtitles.
Check out the full program at Kino Světozor or on the official Bollywood Film Festival website.
And don't miss out on the festivities: on Friday October 20, the festival will also host a Bollywood Party at La Loca Music Bar from 20:00.
If you can’t make it to this year’s Prague Indian Film Festival, Prague’s Kino Atlas has also been hosting semi-frequent (monthly?) screenings of new Indian movies with Czech and English subtitles.
Their next offering will be a showing of Raja Krishna Menon’s comedy Chef, a remake of the US movie of the same name, this Sunday, October 15.