Movie/theater clubs in Kolkata

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#1 Jun 18th, 2010, 18:44
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Hi,
Can anyone tell if theres any movie club/ theater club around...in Kolkata? Any society that might be dealing with vernacular/ world movies??

Pls suggest...
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Hi,

Hope this link can be useful for you:
http://www.cinecentralcalcutta.org/

Beside this, there are many group theatres in Kolkata. You can visit the Academy of Fine arts and daily shows are there of different perfoming group. You can find one there.

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There would also, I believe and for instance, be the famous Nandan Complex, a cultural center that I strangely have trouble finding a website for (is it around still?) It should be on AJC Bose Rd. If I remember correctly this is one place that does non-dubbed foreign-language screenings, too.

According to Lonely Planet '07, Kolkata tourist offices should be able to provide you with extensive cultural listings.

Kolkata is famous for its (offbeat) arts and (arthouse) cinema, so you should be able to eat your heart out.

(Ah and then how could I overlook it, but there is of course a http://kolkata.burrp.com/.)
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Hello,

machadinha is correct. Nandan is a place where almost everyday international movies are screened. Nandan is just at the back of Academy of Fine Arts. We call it the cultural hub of Kolkata. Academy, Rabindra Sadan, Sisir Mancha, Gaganendra Prodorshonsala....if one visits here he/she can find out anything of his/her choice.

Unfortunately, the Govt. of W.B. has not yet came up with a website of Nandan (its under the Ministry of Information and Culture).

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Nandan is still going strong, Mach. Maybe it doesn't have a website, I seem to remember having trouble finding listings. For people who don't know it, it's very close to Rabindra Sadan metro.

Priyanka, when I was in Kolkata in January I attended a film showing at Nandan (Turtles Can Fly by Bahman Ghobadi - brilliant!) and this was the opening event of a new film club that was being set up. It was going to be a membership organisation so people would pay a fee in advance and then be entitled to see a number of films at various locations around the city. Members who were film-makers would also be able to show their short films before the main feature. I think it was going to be mainly international films.

I've looked out the listings from the Telegraph where I found out about the screening I went to and it's called Theatrician Film Club, in association with Take 5 Communications and supported by NDTV Lumiere.

Hope you can find it.



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Thanks for adding/confirming, Julia, Bisa Man, when was I in Kolkata... 1993/'94. Should return some day; loved it.

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Originally Posted by Bisa View Post Nandan is just at the back of Academy of Fine Arts.
Ah. I had a hunch with the

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Originally Posted by machadinha View Post There would also, I believe and for instance, be the famous Nandan Complex
I might in fact just be adding to the same place At the southern end of the Maidan, I just read in my old guidebook?
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Originally Posted by machadinha View Post At the southern end of the Maidan, I just read in my old guidebook?

Yes. I gave directions to it from the metro in this thread.

http://www.indiamike.com/india/kolka...where-t102546/
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Nandan has been screening mostly commercial Hindi, Bengali, Hollywood films for more than a couple of years. It hardly shows world films on any regular basis. The concept on which Nandan was built was to showcase quality Indian and world films at a very low ticket price(the minimum ticket price was Rs 10 in airconditioned comfort!)have changed course due to lack of audience and commercial interests. The ticket prices in Nandan has gone to Rs 50 and they are showing films like King Kong, Raavan, Rajneeti...
Yes, they do sometimes show world cinema, but that is a rarety nowadays.

The cine club movement was very strong in Kolkata, with Satyajit Ray being associated with Cine Central. But their membership has fallen drastically because of easy availability of foreign films on DVD rentals. As a result, Cine Central(the biggest cine club) hardly has shows. I was myself a member of Cine Central for many years in early 90's, but even I gave up my membership 10 years back.
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Yeah. I can't disagree with funny_in. He is true. Now screening world movies have declined. Don't know whom to blame. But still some film clubs are struggling to keep the spirit up.

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Thanks everyone...that was really helpful!

@Julia...are you saying that one gets to join such clubs as the Theatricians?

@Bisa and Funny_in: cudnt agree more!!

precisely why I was looking for a club...which would encourage more of world movies, than just bollywood !!
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That's what they were saying at the screening I went to. It wasn't suitable for me as I was just a tourist passing through.
I presume that if they attracted enough members - and there certainly seemed to be a lot of enthusiasm there - then they must be up and running by now.

I hope you can find them, do let us know
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Originally Posted by funny_in View Post The concept on which Nandan was built was to showcase quality Indian and world films at a very low ticket price(the minimum ticket price was Rs 10 in airconditioned comfort!)have changed course due to lack of audience and commercial interests. ... The cine club movement was very strong in Kolkata, with Satyajit Ray being associated with Cine Central. But their membership has fallen drastically because of easy availability of foreign films on DVD rentals.
Ah, that is a great pity. The ways of the world, eh (Maybe squat one of them derelict and decaying colonial buildings, start a new underground venue, and put some spunk back into sinema? Yes, yes, probably a bit Utopian in Kolkata, I know. Then again... )

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http://www.indiamike.com/india/kolka...where-t102546/
Excellent thread you started there
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Hi,

The condition of the theatre groups are more pathetic. Most of the shows are not filled up. But, hats of to them, they are still struggling. Many groups from the distric towns are coming with their new productions.

Once, I was too involved with the group theatre movement. Its pity now a days that people are not getting any time for theatres rather they are filling the pockets of the Multiplex owners.

Kolkata has changed a lot. I really miss my Kolkata (though I'm only 32 now). My childhood days' Kolkata was much better, I feel.

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I went to the Nandan to see a free showing of an old Uttam Kumar and Suchitra Sen film, "Kamal Lata". It was a retrospective of Uttam Kumar films that was playing in April of this year. It was a kind of a film club. It is true that the main theatre of the Nandan complex was showing a blockbuster.

Today's Telegraph of Kolkata has a very interesting article about the multiplex cinemas of the city, showing the tendencies of each one, and the upcoming new "art" movie theatres of the malls:

http://www.telegraphindia.com/110062...y_12592190.jsp


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So if the “upwardly mobile non-Bengali businessman and the upper-class Bangali bhadralok” at INOX Forum ensure that a Jeet or Koel Mullick starrer rarely finds a place in its programming roster, then Tollywood potboilers are the pop picks at the plex chain’s Rajarhat property, determined by the crowd trooping in from Barasat, Madhyamgram and the adjoining suburbs. Catering to its Bengali hinterland, Fame Hiland Park, too, does well screening commercial Tolly fare. The Bengali crowd count at Salt Lake is the reason for the Aparna Sens and Rituparno Ghoshs claiming a sizeable number of shows at City Centre, much more than at Forum. Moving away from the standard Holly-Bolly-Tolly mix is Fame South City on Prince Anwar Shah, which has recently commenced regular screenings of Tamil and Telugu films for the Lake Market audience. Big Cinemas in Salt Lake hardly has a show scheduled post 10pm because its core audience of Sector V techies is at work then and no one else would bother making a trip there so late. And the newly opened Bioscope at Rajarhat has tickets for most films priced at Rs 75 to lure the middle-class Bengali crowd in the area. Metro provides a multiplex map of a growing city on the basis of inputs from those who run the show.
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I remember watching some amazing Bernardo Bertoluci movies at Nandan.
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