Followed by a discussion with Mani Ratnam and Richard Peña
Dir. Mani Ratnam. 1995, 141 mins. 35mm. In Tamil with English subtitles. With Arvind Swamy, Manisha Koirala. Returning to his Southern Indian town, Shekhar falls in love with Shaila, daughter of a local brick maker. The only problem is that he is Hindu, she is Muslim, and their families are dead set against the match. The couple elopes to Bombay (Mumbai), where they hope, in the cosmopolitan capital, they can lead their own lives. Too late: Against the background of the riots following the destruction of the Babri Masjid Mosque in Ayodhya, interfaith strife soon engulfs the city. A passionate, deeply felt call for tolerance, Bombay puts a human face on an ongoing tragedy of devastating proportions.
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