31st October, Neugraben, Hamburg : Film lovers of Hamburg paid tribute to Indian Cinema by celebrating its 100th Anniversary. The Kulturhaus Süderelbe in Hamburg, Neugraben was the venue for the inaugural ceremony on Sunday,27th October. As a part of the ‘100 years of Indian Cinema film screening series’ in Hamburg, a popular Indian cinema would be showcased on the last Sunday of every month.
The film series kickstarted with Gurinder Chadha’s popular 2002 comedy drama Bend it like Beckham.The Parminder Nagra, Keira Knightley, Jonathon Ryes Meyers and Anupam Kher starrer is a film about a British Indian girl of Punjabi origin who wants to play professional women’s soccer against the wishes of her family. However, the organizers promise that the film screening series would not be restricted only to popular comedies but focus on every genre of Indian cinema with special emphasis on some of the classics of Indian cinema and rare silent films of the 1920s and 1930s.
The 100 years of Indian Cinema film screening series is an initiative taken by Cornelia Nack (journalist and author) of Kulturhaus Neugraben; Henry Holland (translator and a representative of the Scottish community in Hamburg) and Sadiq Rahman (academician, writer and film maker).
The film screening was preceded by the an inauguration ceremony. Henry Holland in his opening remark explained the purpose of the Film Series, followed by a brief introduction to the film by Sadiq Rahman. Following the popular Indian traditional, a lamp was light to symbolise the beginning of the film series. A decent crowd mainly comprising of students, artists, writers and film enthusiasts were present for the opening night.
Sadiq Rahman, who teaches South Asian Cinema in The University of Hamburg made a small presentation on ‘The 100 Years journey of Indian Cinema’. Rare footages of the first Indian full length film , Dadasaheb Phalke’s Raja Harishchandra(1913,released exactly 100 years ago) was shown to the audience. The discussion progressed into a very interesting Question and Answer session and was followed by Indian dinner for the audience.The next screening is slated to take place on the 24th of November 2013.
Source: 100 years of Indian Cinema film screening series press release