Jai Ho

A Documentary Film by Umesh Aggarwal (2016)
A PSBT Production
English with English subtitles
Duration – 85 minutes

The film is titled after the Ocsar-winning song composed by A R Rahman. It celebrates the Indian icon who is no less than a global phenomenon; depicting the turning points and milestones in his life.

NCPA Reality Check: Bastion of the Giants

In these times of species extinction and climate change, Bastion of the Giants is a journey into the lives of the Asian elephant, and the challenges of conservation amidst human-animal conflicts.

Directed by Sumesh Lekhi

NCPA Flashback – Ambikapathy

Classic Indian Films

Tamil/1957/B&W-Col /187 mins

This is the legendary tale of 11th-century court poet Kambar. The love story between the lower-caste poet Ambikapathy (Ganesan) and Princess Amaravati (Bhanumathi) is mapped on to a disagreement between Kambar, who is translating the Ramayana into Tamil, and his son and modern disciple, Ambikapathy, who critiques the translation for its acceptance of caste divisions. The spectacular end has the king challenging Ambikapathy to improvise 108 songs in praise of chaste love. The poet miscalculates and his last song is a passionate love song addressed to the princess, for which he is sentenced to death.

Direction & Dialogue by

  1. Neelakantan

Screenplay by Sakthi Krishnaswamy, Chinna Annamalai, M. Lakshmanan

Cast: P. Bhanumathi, Sivaji Ganesan, M.K. Radha, M.N. Nambiar & others

NCPA Reality Check: Roots

The film traces the roots of Indian classical music’s journey over the centuries through an animated sequence from 2600 BC till the 20th century in India. Distributed in different segments of the film are interviews of music industry stalwarts about the current scene of classical music in India. The film features A. R. Rahman, Amjad Ali Khan, Pandit Jasraj, Birju Maharaj, Shiv Kumar Sharma, Muzaffar Ali, Vishal Bhardwaj, Shubha Mudgal, Dr. L Subramaniam, Gulzar, media personalities, instruments makers and candid interviews of the youth.

Directed by Shweta Basu Prasad

NCPA Reality Check

Colours of Asia is an initiative of Tokyo Docs, and in its 2016 selection three documentary concepts were selected across Asia with a view to support and fund documentaries on successful women role models in Asia.

Smiling Woman of Banda
Hindi Film with English Subtitles (25 mins)

Women play assigned roles in a conservative, caste-ridden rural India. Not Raj Kumari, a hand-pump mechanic.

Directed by Anjali Bhushan

Because I am a Girl
Lao Film with English Subtitles (25 mins)

Being the oldest daughter, at 14, Lao Kang had to quit school in order to take care of her parents, and for her siblings to stay in school. She kept asking: “Why me?” Until one day, she was introduced to rugby. She saw the opportunity to get out of her current situation and go back to school.

Directed by Xaisongkham Induangchanthy

Beyond the Waves – Bangladeshi Surf Girls
Bengali Film with English Subtitles (28 mins)

The film follows Nasima, the first female surfer of Bangladesh, after her husband kicks her out of the same house that she built by selling her surfboard. The film explores the dilemma between her love for surfing and her husband. The Bangladeshi National Surfing competition becomes the big stage for her to return to the sport which she championed before.

Directed by Arifur Rahman