Beginning March 16th and running until March 20th, the Balboa Theater will program “Indian Cinema Beyond Bollywood,” a festival of Bengali movies from Tollywood. With the anticipated 2012 release of “Aparajita Tumi” from acclaimed director Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury, shot entirely on location last summer in the San Francisco Bay Area (with key scenes filmed in Bird and Beckett and Higher Grounds, and gorgeous glimpses of Destination Bakery, Tina’s Laundromat, Canyon Market, Buddies Market, Tygers and even a pre-opening Manzoni’s!), the spotlight falls on the cinematic riches of another Indian film industry, the one known as Tollywood!
Some festival highlights: “Apararjita Tumi shows at 9:15 P.M. on Friday, March 16th, and on Sunday, March 18th a live music performance by “Bengal & Beyond,” featuring Bishu Chatterjee and then the showing of the 1983 Best Bengali film of the year, “”Nagmoti” directed by Gautam Chattopadhyay. The festival closes on Tuesday evening, March 20th with the showing of three classic Indian films.
The historic Balboa Theater is located at 3630 Balboa Street and tickets can be obtained in advance. Additional details about the festival can be found at www.birdbeckett.com