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100 Years of Indian Cinema

SACF Presents Vishal Bhardwaj

Saturday - 31st August, 2013 at 6.30 PM

To celebrate 100 Years of Indian Cinema, SACF will present Vishal Bhardwaj as a leading music composer of popular Indian Cinema today. The following day, (Sun, 1 September) Bhardwaj will be honoured at the NFT1, BFI Southbank with SACF’s ‘Excellence in Cinema Award’ after the screening of his seminal film Omkara. He will also discuss his films and filmmaking at the NFT, Southbank.

At the Nehru Centre, Vishal Bhardwaj will speak to film historian/documentary filmmaker Lalit Mohan Joshi about his roots and passion for music, his work with Gulzar and how he entered and made it big in Hindi Cinema.

Some of Bhardwaj’s smash hits from Gulzar’s Maachis (1996) and his own films like Omkara (2006) and Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola (2013) will be rendered live by Rajan Shegunshi, Uttara Sukanya Joshi and acclaimed keyboard player, Sunil Jadhav.

Vishal BhardwajBorn and educated in northern India, he shifted to Mumbai to pursue a career in music. By blending great lyrics and earthy music with popular appeal, Bhardwaj has created a special niche for himself in Indian film music. Maachis where he made his debut as music composer, won him a Filmfare Award. He went on to win the National Award for Best Music for Vinay Shukla’s Godmother (1999). Thereafter, he has never looked back.

Makdee (2002) marked Bhardwaj’s directorial debut but it was Maqbool (2003), his adaptation of Shakespeare’s Macbeth that made him famous. As a filmmaker, he achieved cult status with his chilling spectacle Omkara which contemporises Shakespeare’s Othello by deftly making it relevant to present day India.

BFIThe Nehru Centre

In association with the Nehru Centre and the BFI.