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February 11, 2004  

An Evening with Shyam Benegal


February 11 (Friday) 7 pm - Director in Person

Netaji: The Last Hero (aka Bose: The Forgotten Hero)

Directed by Shyam Benegal
India, 2004, color, 222 min.
With Sachin Khedekar, Rajit Kapur, Udo Schenk
Music by A. R. Rahman

Accomplished director Shyam Benegal has emerged over the past thirty years as the heir to the filmmaking legacy of Satyajit Ray. Both Ray and Benegal are recognized for their use of literary adaptations in realist contexts. Benegal recently completed a biopic of the great Indian freedom fighter Subhas Chandra Bose. Bose created controversy when he renounced Gandhi’s non-violent teachings in favor of more direct warfare with the British Empire. The film follows his struggles at home as well as his unlikely encounters abroad with Adolf Hitler and the Japanese Army.

This screening is co-presented by the South Asia Initiative at Harvard University.

This screening will be preceded by the South Asia without Borders Seminar: "Border Crossing Films: A Conversation with Shyam Benegal." The talk begins at 4:00 pm in the Thompson Room, Barker Center, 12 Quincy Street. For more information call 617 496 4862.

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