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INDIAN CINEMA

 Proud East continues it’s celebration of the world through food and film by moving from Japan to India. Pop up authentic Indian cuisine is the perfect companion to a great flick and where better to do that than in the intimate setting of Proud East. 

Please note: £10 ticket includes screening only & film will be silent with Wi-Fi headphones provided in the outside space

DOORS : 6:30 FILMS START: 7:00

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TUE 11th JULY: THE LUNCHBOX (2013) PG)

Already a huge success in its native India, Ritesh Batra’s Mumbai-set romance arranges a tender marriage of Brief Encounter with Ernst Lubitsch’s The Shop Around the Corner. Bollywood star Irrfan Khan plays Saajan, an ageing office drone who finds the wrong lunchbox delivered to his desk and stumbles into a chaste relationship with Nimrat Kaur’s unhappy housewife. Before long, this pair will learn the value of crossed wires and missed connections and how (in the words of one colleague) “the wrong train can get you to the right station”. The Lunchbox is perfectly handled and beautifully acted; a quiet storm of banked emotions.

I loved the bittersweet scenes of Saajan clinging to the handrails of the crowded commuter carriage or smoking on the terrace of his home at night, like the loneliest figure this side of an Edward Hopper painting. GUARDIAN

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TUE 18th JULY: PATHER PANCHALI (1995) (U)

With the release of Satyajit Ray’s debut, an eloquent new cinematic voice made itself heard all over the world. A depiction of rural Bengali life and a naturalistic, poetic evocation of family living. We meeting little Apu, his independent older sister Durga and their mother Sarbajaya who is holding the family together with her husband away. With resplendent photography, this 1955 Cannes winner is an immersive cinematic experience of another time and place, and a film of elemental power. An icon of world cinema.

Ravi Shankar’s music is as enthralling as ever and the recurring images of the natural world are absolutely stunning.GUARDIAN.

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TUE 25th JULY: LIFE OF PI (2012) (PG)

Ang Lee’s “Life of Pi” is a miraculous achievement of storytelling and a landmark of visual mastery. Inspired by a worldwide best-seller that many readers must have assumed was unfilmable, it is a triumph over its difficulties. A magical parable lasting the 227 days that its teenage hero spends drifting across the Pacific in a lifeboat with a Bengal tiger. They find themselves in the same boat after an amusing and colourful prologue, which in itself could have been enlarged into an exciting family film.

Is it real? Is this whole story real? I refuse to ask that question. Life of Pi is all real, second by second and minute by minute. ROGER EBERT

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TUE 1st AUG: MY NAME IS KHAN (2010) (12)

My name is Khan and I am not a terrorist. It’s post-911 America. He’s a Muslim, she’s a Hindu and his Asbergers isn’t helping matters. Rizwan Khan (Shah Rukh Khan), sets out on a journey across America on a mission to win back his one true love. As his travels continue, Khan inspires optimism and joy in the hearts of the people he encounters by spreading messages of goodwill wherever he roams. Reunites superstars Khan and Kajol, whose work together has resulted in some of India’s biggest blockbusters.

Doesn’t miss a beat SCREEN INTERNATIONAL