Between the Lines with Nandita Das in person
With a Q&A moderated by Suketu Mehta
Followed by a reception with music by DJ Rekha sponsored by Brick Lake Curry House, The Kati Roll Company, and Grapevine Merchants
Dir. Ritesh Menon. 2014, 79 mins. Digital projection. In English/Hindi with English subtitles. With Nandita Das, Subodh Maskara. Between the Lines is a cinematic adaptation of the 2012 play directed by Nandita Das. Set in contemporary India where educated and affluent couples are caught between modernity and tradition, the film explores the relationship between a husband and wife who are both lawyers who have been married for ten years. They end up arguing on opposite sides of a criminal trial, resulting in the blurring of their personal and professional lives. The battle in the court starts to impact their relationship at home, and they struggle to find a new balance.
Nandita Das has acted in more than 40 feature films (including Earth, Fire, Before the Rains) in ten different languages. She made her directorial debut with Firaaq in 2008 and Between the Lines marks her debut as a playwright and theater director. She is a major advocate for issues of social justice and human rights. In 2011, Nandita Das was the first Indian to be inducted into the Hall of Fame of the International Women’s Forum. Currently she is at Yale as a World Fellow.
Suketu Mehta is the New York-based author of the award winning Maximum City: Bombay Lost and Found. Mehta’s work has been published in The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, National Geographic, Time, and Newsweek. He has written original screenplays for films, including New York, I Love You. He is currently working on a nonfiction book about immigrants in contemporary New York. Mehta is an Associate Professor of Journalism at New York University.
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