Delhi: While there are big releases lined up that people are excited to watch in the theatres, there are some other films that, a lot of us, didn't have the chance to catch on the big screens. Bringing some of such movies to the people of Delhi, the India Habitat Centre is hosting some select screenings, in collaboration with Directorate of Film Festivals. Under 'From Stage to Screen', they are screening films that showcase pioneering theatre playwrights, directors and actors who blazed a trail from centre stage to the silver screen.
On September 12, 2022, the IHC hosted the screening of Party, a 1984 film directed by Govind Nihalani. Although the movie dates back almost four decades, it still finds relevance in the present social and political climate and is one of the few films that hold the capacity to age well. At a Party hosted by a socialite in the littérateur circle of 1980's Bombay, several eminent writers, playwrights, poets, theatre actors and journalists come together under one roof. What follows is a series of conversations which delve into the dilemmas of being an artist, the relevance and role of artists and their art in the social and political climate of a nation and much more. It also opens up to the internal struggles of these artists, their commitment and love for their art, how the art affects their personal relationships and whether they can keep politics out of their art. It is a film where the plot takes a back seat, characters circle around and conversations take the centrestage.
On September 13, 2022, Ek Din Achanak (1989), directed by Mrinal Sen is scheduled to be screened. On September 14, Mukta (1994), directed by Jabbar Patel will be screened and on the last day, September 15, 2022, Mammo (1994) directed by Shyam Benegal will be screened. These screenings are scheduled at 7:00 pm on the these dates at Stein Auditorium, Indian Habitat Centre. All these films are screened in 35mm format.