x Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 23 July 2017

Bollywood comes to the valleys: three films at Hay

A Bafta-nominated drama from Rakeysh Mehra, Nandita Das's 2008 directorial debut and an award-winning satire by Anupam Kher will be shown at the festival.

Rang De Basanti

This controversial, Bafta-nominated drama from Rakeysh Mehra follows a fictitious British documentary filmmaker who goes to India to find the real story behind her grandfather's life as an army officer. The five men she chooses to star in her 2006 film come to understand the courage of the Indian freedom fighters as they experience government corruption themselves. With a soundtrack by AR Rahman, it stars Soha Ali Khan - also at Hay today. Until June 10.

Firaaq

The 2008 directorial debut of another Hay attendee, Nandita Das, Firaaq enjoyed critical acclaim across the world. And unsurprisingly so: this intelligent political thriller spends 24 hours in the lives of people from across classes and religions touched and changed by 2002's violent clashes in Gujurat. Beautifully shot and, in the end, hopeful, The National called it "quietly moving ... [Das] should be applauded for her bravery". Until Monday.

Khosla Ka Ghosla

Anupam Kher hopes to catch a screening of this much-loved and award-winning 2006 satire on the corrupt real estate business in India - a major milestone in his career. Tracking the trials and tribulations of the Khosla family (of which Kher is the head) who are tricked into buying back land they already own, it deftly deals with the plight of the common man. Until Wednesday.

* Ben East