march 16–26


Paint It Yellow
Rang De Basanti
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In India, the colour (Rang) of Spring (Basanti) – yellow – represents sacrifice and freedom. When someone says, "Mujhe rang de basanti" (“paint me yellow”), it means the person is ready to be sacrificed for a great cause. This was a pre-independence war cry used by freedom fighters. Sue, a British Indophile, auditions actors to film a documentary based on her grandfather's memoirs as a general during the colonial era. Her hunt for actors to play Bhagat Singh, Rajguru, Ashfaqulla Khan, Ram Prasad Bismil, Durga Bhabhi and Chandrashekhar Azad yields a barrage of clowns from Delhi University. She strikes an instant rapport with a special group of carefree students, enlisting them to act in her film. Karan, Sukhi, Aslam, Laxman Pandey, Sonia and DJ become Sue's freedom fighters. Rakeysh Om Prakash Mehra is an Indian film director and writer. He has directed over 150 commercials for various Indian and international clients. His credits include Coke, Pepsi, Toyota, American Express, Shell, BPL Electronics, and many others. He is best known for writing and directing "Rang De Basanti", for which he won Best Director awards at the 2006 Filmfare Awards and National Film Awards, and for which he received a BAFTA Award nomination for Best Foreign Language Film.
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