(Sanjay Leela Bhansali, India 2002, 185 min., 35mm, Hindi, Urdu, Bengali w/subtitles)
Stories of Indian Cinema: Abandoned & Rescued | Free Member Film. This is the quintessential love story of Indian cinema, based on a celebrated 1917 novel by Sharat Chandra Chattopadhyay and brought to the big screen many times, to huge popular acclaim. This is one of the most recent versions—a lavishly produced melodrama set in the early 1900s, with stellar performances by cinematic icons Shah Rukh Khan in the title role, Aishwarya Rai as his beautiful sweetheart Paro, and Madhuri Dixit as a prostitute who secretly adores the cursed young man. Sanjay Leela Bhansali, a specialist in romantic storytelling, pushes the emotional ingredients of the story to their extremes in a riveting explosion of color, sumptuous choreography, and an unbridled lyricism reminiscent of Vincente Minnelli’s most memorable works. If your eyes don’t get wet, you must have a heart of stone.
Free to members and included with admission to the Exhibition Preview [EXHIBITION PREVIEW: STORIES OF INDIAN CINEMA] Film only: $8 general, $4 students (members free).
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