“Viceroy’s House” by Gurinder Chadha (UK, 2017)

Viceroy's House

The weak romance story is offset by a good depiction of the historical and political events surrounding the departure of the English from India.
At one moment in the movie, the partition of India is compared to that of Palestine and of Ireland, other British colonies that have suffered greatly, without however digging deeper into the subject.

Cast: Hugh Bonneville, Gillian Anderson, Michael Gambon, Manish Dayal, Simon Callow, Om Puri, Lily Travers, Huma Qureshi
Director: Gurinder Chadha
Writer: Gurinder Chadha, Paul Mayeda Berges, Moira Buffini
Cinematographer: Ben Smithard
Editor: Valerio Bonelli, Victoria Boydell
Composer: A.R. Rahman

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“Sairat” by Nagraj Manjule (India, 2016)

Sairat

Could have been an hour shorter / humor disappears halfway

Cast: Rinku Rajguru, Akash Thosar, Arbaz Shaikh
Director: Nagraj Manjule
Writers: Nagraj Manjule (story and screenplay), Nagraj Manjule (dialogue)
Music by Ajay Gogavale, Atul Gogavale
Cinematography by Sudhakar Reddy Yakkanti
Film Editing by Kutub Inamdar

“The Lunchbox” (Ritesh Batra, India 2013)

The Lunchbox

Director: Ritesh Batra
Writers: Ritesh Batra (screenplay), Vasan Bala (hindi dialogue consultant)
Actors: Irrfan Khan, Nimrat Kaur, Nawazuddin Siddiqui
Music: Max Richter
Cinematography: Michael Simmonds
Editing: John F. Lyons

“The Namesake” (Mira Nair, USA 2006)

The Namesake

“The Namesake” reminds us of what it means to be American.

Cast: Kal Penn, Tabu, Irrfan Khan, Sahira Nair, Jacinda Barrett, Zuleikha Robinson
Directed: Mira Nair
Photography: Frederick Elmes
Writers: Sooni Taraporevala; based on the novel by Jhumpa Lahiri

“Lion” (Garth Davis, USA 2016)

lion

Cast: Dev Patel, Rooney Mara, Nicole Kidman, David Wenham, Pallavi Sharda
Director: Garth Davis;
Writer: Luke Davies, based on the novel by Saroo Brierley, Larry Buttrose
Cinematographer: Greig Fraser
Editor: Alexandre de Franceschi

“Parched” (Leena Yadav, India 2015)

parched

Director: Leena Yadav
Writers: Supratik Sen (dialogue), Leena Yadav
Actors: Tannishtha Chatterjee, Radhika Apte, Lehar Khan

Domestic violence, honor, infertility, prostitution, child marriage, rape… These themes are treated in a traditional gender setting in Rajasthan.

The message of the movie is straightforward: while most men drink, commit adultery, are jealous and violent, women have fun, bring changes… and are at least as sexualized as their male counterparts.