Here’s a look at five film clubs in the Capital where you can sign up to chill out and discover cinema.
The screenings here are not just limited to movies. Come here for a wholesome experience every Tuesday. The evenings generally start with a small get together where people chat and bond over drinks and snacks. This is followed by a movie screening. “We don’t follow a particular genre, but we want to screen movies that are light comedies and are romantic,” says Ashwin Bharti, founder, Movie Tuesdays. Some of the films that they have screened in the recent past are Eat, Pray, Love, King’s Speech, Music and Lyrics and The Fighter. The group runs on sharing of DVDs. So, you can suggest and share movies that you would like others to cherish. Anyone can be a part of this club.
Where: 7, Tropical Drive, Ghitorni, M.G. Road
Tel: 011-6565 7265
Started in August 2006, Club 5 by Mark 5 Films aims to provide a platform to film buffs so that they can come together and
discuss cinema. “We have a collection of the most daring, most entertaining and the most thought-provoking films from a number of different countries,” says Vikram Khattar of Club 5. They also have a panel of experts who hold post screening discussions. One of the most exciting things on their chart is food and beer. Yes, that’s what they serve to their audience. They also have a film making workshop and mentorship programme.
Where: 37, Hauz Khas Village
The club’s passion lies in screening short films of all types of genres from India and around the world. Started in 2008 in Mumbai, this club has now expanded to seven chapters across Mumbai, Pune, Ahmedabad, Goa, Baroda, Delhi, with the latest being Bengaluru. They have screened a range of movies in the past such as animation, documentary, ad films, music videos and fiction. In Delhi, they have a monthly screening usually on the second or the third Saturday. The club is open to all and there is no registration fee. In case you want your film to be screened, just join their Facebook page called Shamiana, The Short Film Club.
Where: Gulmohar/Casurina, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road.
Habitat Film Club
Started in March 2000, the Habitat Film Club is one of the biggest and the oldest film clubs in Delhi. The club has partnered with many embassies and high commissions in order to bring the best of world cinema to its members. Another chapter that tops their list is Indian cinema. They hold regular discussions and sessions before and after the screenings. Their members have enjoyed retrospectives and interactions with industry legends such as Shyam Benegal, Amitabh Bachchan, Mani Ratnam, Naseeruddin Shah, Nagesh Kukunoor, Tanuja and Deepti Naval. They also hold film appreciation courses annually.
Where: India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road.
Tel: 011-43663333, Extn: 3093
Kriti Film Club
Kriti primarily screens documentaries and socially relevant films. They are attempting to create a forum where students, activists, development and media professionals, and friends can come together and interact through meaningful cinema. They also make sure that they always have the film’s director at the screening, so that the film is not just watched but also talked and discussed. “We have made our screenings an opportunity to engage with individuals and organisations who are working on certain social issues,” says Anchal Kapur of the Kriti Film Club. “We also sell documentaries made by independent film makers and firms, which makes them reach a wider audience.”
Where: S-35, Tara Apartments, Alaknanda
Tel: 011- 26027845