13th Dada Saheb Phalke Memorial Lecture held on 30th September 2016 by Farrukh Dhondy at The Nehru Centre, 8 South Audley Street, London was a success.
The topic was Screenplays in Popular Indian (Hindi) Cinema. Farrukh elaborated on his thesis on Indian cinema being in its dramatic origins, traditions, and myths, though not in its technology, unique and distinct from the developments in Western film-making. His thesis traces the history of Indian cinema from the nationalist impulses of Dadasaheb Phalke through a Gandhian reform commitment to the films of the immediate post-independence era and then to the developments of modern myths and the Indian film’s devious and crowd-pleasing or conscience-pleasing confrontations with reality.
Here are some photos from the lecture –