“I had never watched a black-and-white Hindi film before,” exclaimed 12-year-old Roxanne Hanif, a resident of Chapel Road, Bandra. On Saturday, he was among a dozen youngsters who turned up for the screening of the 1953 classic ‘Anarkali’ in a Bandra neighbourhood by Bollywood Art Project (BAP), a public art enterprise.
To celebrate Indian cinema’s journey in its 100th year, BAP, comprising five young professionals and movie buffs — Ranjit Dahiya, Tony Peters, Sruti Viswesaran, Mallika Chabra and Swati Rao — paid tribute to the classic hit with a screening of the film in the Lala Lane neighbourhood of Bandra’s Chapel Road.
“Anarkali set a trend with its grandeur and larger-than-life settings. Though it may be overshadowed by contemporary cinema, it still remains a classic,” said Visweswaran, 24, a professional documentary film editor.
BAP was launched on May 3 with an 11x15 feet mural of the poster of the film Anarkali painted on a wall in Lala Lane. The group intends to highlight landmarks of Hindi cinema through wall murals and film screenings.
“As Indian cinema turns 100 next year, we will showcase our pride and love for movies through art,” said Dahiya, 32, a professional poster designer.
Aziza Sayed, 24, a PR professional, came with her friends after she caught the buzz of the event on social media. “We had never watched old Hindi classics, and we thought this was the perfect chance,” said Sayed.
“I am a big fan of classic Hindi films. I have already watched Anarkali thrice,” said N Pandit, 50, from Powai.
BAP plans to take its initiative across the country till May next year, which will mark 100 years of Indian cinema after Dadasaheb Phalke’s ‘Raja Harishchandra’ — the country’s first full-length feature film — was released in 1913.
“We will chronologically showcase Hindi films and stars through large-scale wall paintings,” said Peters. “Our next wall mural will be on dancing legend Helen Khan but we are yet to confirm the location.”