As Nepal ushered its New Year on Wednesday, a long list of eminent Indian film heroines from Nargis to Rani Mukherjee began lighting up the screen at Nepal Tourism Board’s auditorium in Kathmandu.
Part of a film festival highlighting the roles of Indian film heroines over five decades, eleven path-breaking films with women as central characters will be screened over five days to movie buffs in Nepal.
The festival began on Wednesday with a young Sharmila Tagore essaying the role of an incarnation of Goddess Kali in Satyajit Ray’s Devi reminding audiences about the practice of worshipping girls as living goddesses that is still followed in Nepal.
It was followed by Nargis’s epochal role of a matriarch trying to control her destiny in Mehmood’s Mother India. On Thursday, Meena Kumari, Madhubi Mukherjee and Rakhee enthralled with sterling performances in Sahib Bibi aur Ghulam, Charulata and Paroma.
The line-up for the coming days include Shyam Benegal’s Ankur with Shabana Azmi, Rekha in Umrao Jaan, Maya Memsaab, Parineeta, Black and Govind Nihalini’s Hazaar Chaurasi ki Maa with stellar performances by Jaya Bachchan and Nandita Das.
“The subject of Nihalini’s film which shows violence due to the Naxalite movement remains relevant to Nepal as well,” said Dr Geeti Sen, Director, Indian Culture Centre, Kathmandu—the organizer of the event.
Besides the films on show a seminar on Indian cinema and the portrayal of women would also be held during the festival where a range of eminent personalities like Govind Nihalini and Nandita Das would take part.