CANCELLED Aashiqui: The Resurgence of Music-based Romantic Dramas in Bollywood!

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15 July 2015 6:00 pm to 9:30 pm

CANCELLED: We regret to inform you that tonight's film screening and talk of 'Aashiqui' has been cancelled due to an occupational health and safety hazard at the venue. We sincerely regret the short notice.

Venue: Lecture Theatre G08, Melbourne Law School, 185 Pelham Street, Carlton

Australia India Institute Film Series - Aashiqui: The Resurgence of Music-based Romantic Dramas in Bollywood!

In Bollywood/Hindi cinema, the 1990s will be remembered as the era that saw the resurgence of the music-based romantic film. The success of this kind of cinema can be attributed to the collaboration between the company Vishesh films, helmed by Mahesh Bhatt and Mukesh Bhatt, and the music company T-series (Super Cassettes Industries Private Limited), owned by Gulshan Kumar. Indian cinema is the largest example of where the film and music industries go hand-in-hand. Songs from Hindi films dominate popular music culture in India, therefore, co-production between a music company and a film production house led to some interesting developments with the release of Aashiqui/Romance (1990). With Aashiqui, Hindi cinema regained its confidence in romantic musical drama films that was somewhat lost in the era of the action-based cinema of the 1970s and 1980s. The success of Aashiqui also saw the rise of music director duo Nadeem-Shravan and lead actors Rohul Roy and Anu Aggarwal.

Aashiqui is a simple romantic story between Rahul (Rahul Roy), a struggling singer and a torn man due to parental issues, and Anu (Anu Aggarwal), an orphan living in an oppressive girl’s hostel. A chance meeting leads to love between the two. Recognising Anu’s passion to be an independent career woman, Rahul encourages and support her, which leads Anu to become an acclaimed model. Anu’s phenomenal success and Rahul’s constant struggle leads to ego clashes between the two, fostering resentment and leading to their separation. In the film’s conclusion, the two realise their strong feeling towards each other and are united.

About the Speaker:

Dr Vikrant Kishore is a filmmaker, academic, journalist and photographer. At present he is working as a Lecturer in Media at RMIT University, Melbourne. He is a member of international professional organisations and NGOs, such as International Dance Council (CID-UNESCO) and Association Nationale Cultures and Tradition (France). Dr Kishore started his career as a journalist with ZEE News and now has 25 documentaries and corporate films to his credit. He has worked in more than 10 documentaries as a “one man crew” and loves directing, editing and camerawork. He has also been actively working to safeguard and preserve folk and tribal music and dance culture of East India under the aegis of “National Institute for Folk Dances”; and has led the Chhau dance group in international folklore festivals in Canada, France, Switzerland, Netherlands and Thailand. Dr Kishore’s areas of research are Indian Cinema, Song and Dance in Hindi cinema, Indian folk and popular culture, reality television programmes and the issues of caste politics in India. Dr Kishore’s co-edited book titled “Bollywood and Its Other(s): Towards New Configurations” has been published by Palgrave MacMillan. His authored book “From Real to Reel: Folk Dances of India in Bollywood Cinema” published by UNESCO-APNIEVE has been released recently.

This seminar will include a screening of Aashiqui.