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Offbeat cinema's September show continues

Come September and it is time for the Indian film industry to showcase its small-budget, meaningful films on offbeat subjects, many of them made by critically acclaimed directors.

, ET Bureau|
Sep 06, 2008, 01.29 AM IST
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PUNE: Come September and it is time for the Indian film industry to showcase its small-budget, meaningful films on offbeat subjects, many of them made by critically acclaimed directors. Bollywood���s standard fare, comprising big-budget commercial flicks has not deterred them from making such films.

The trend continues this September. The films slated for release are Tahaan, A Wednesday, Welcome to Sajjanpur and Righteous Kill to name a few. About 20 more moves are to be released this month.

���September is usually a lean period for films as big banners don���t release their films, for reasons which I cannot disclose. So this is the best time for small budget films and the so-called intellectual films, which attract the classes rather than the masses. They have a social message, which is one reason they may not attract the masses,��� said a trade analyst, who wished to be anonymous.

���Films of such genre hardly get one or two shows a week, because of the constant deluge of commercial films during other months. They can be assured of as many as four shows a day this time. They will be released in multiplexes only. Single screen theatres would continue to screen previously released films like Singh is Kinng, Bachna Ae Haseeno, etc. Big budget films will be released in October. The first ones will be Drona and Kidnap on October 2,��� he said.

The ones released on September 5 are Tahaan: A Boy With A Grenade, A Wednesday and Hijack, along with two other foreign films. The Last Lear, Saans Bahu Aur Sensex, Hulla, Hari Puttar ��� A Comedy of Terrors will be released on September 12. Welcome to Sajjanpur, 1920, Ru Ba Ru, Maharathi, Aashayein are other films awaiting release.

The analyst said, ���While all of them are must watch films, significant ones include Tahaan, made by Santosh Sivan. Shot in Kashmir, the cast includes Rahul Bose, Anupam Kher, Rahul Khanna along with Purav Bhandare, a child actor.

Aashayein, written and directed by Nagesh Kukunoor, is a story of a gambling addict and features John Abraham, Sonal Sehgal, Farida Jalal and Girish Karnad. Welcome to Sajjanpur, directed by Shyam Benegal would be worth a watch. It features Amrita Rao and Shreyas Talpade.���

While the festive season traditionally begins from the August end, when new products usually begin to hit the market. However, September is an exception, something to do with school exams and perhaps the fasting associated
with Ramzan.
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