What’s better than an evening at the movies? A chance to watch not one but three films. Chennai-based music and film promoters IndiEarth are bringing their film property On Screen to The Hive tonight where they will be screening three films that showcase the “changing urban landscapes in contemporary India,” according to the event description. The films include a three-minute animated short by film-maker Pramod Pati, “Wives and Wives.” The 1962 period comment focusses on the imaged that depicted the times the best - modern farmer, modern worker and the modern wife. It’s a selection process designed for men to choose their wives carefully. “The story is around a modern bachelor in India (early 1960s) who visits a marriage bureau to select a bride - to be precise a good housewife.”
The second to be screened tonight is 25-minute fiction by film-maker Krishand called “Mombattiyaan.” The shot film revolved around a wandering musician, an off-shore drilling engineer who seems to be in an inebriated state and his regular joe friend - a software engineer. More character soon join the plot - a gangster, his mistress, a henchman and a dead man - all to make a visual comment on the infamous Delhi gang rape of 2012.
Nishitha Jain will be showing her one-hour-long documentary titled “City of Photos,” which is a pictographic take on the neighbourhood photo studios found in various cities. From a hole-in-the-wall studio in tiny lanes in small-town India to sprawling, sophisticated studios in metros, Jain enters their colour-corrected worlds and gives us a little snap shot.
- Drop by for IndiEarth On Screen at The Hive, 8 pm onwards. Entry free. RSVP here.