The curated streaming service MUBI has announced that it will be bringing over 200 new Indian films, including titles from acclaimed experimental director Amit Dutta to its MUBI INDIA channel starting next month.
Partnerships with local distributors including AP International, FilmKaravan, GoQuest, Matra Publications, NFDC, Niv Arts, Shemaroo and Vista India will expand MUBI INDIA’s line-up of new and classic regional cinema to show more films in Tamil, Malayalam, Bengali, Telugu, Kannada, Gujarati and other languages to truly represent the diversity of filmmaker talent across India.
A collaboration with one of India’s most prolific directors, Amit Dutta, will see the filmmaker’s acclaimed library of films start showing on MUBI in July. His award-winning work has previously been screened at festivals and cultural organisations worldwide, but has never been made widely available, making MUBI the first-ever platform to show his films online. The intoxicating NAINSUKH (2010) will start showing on July 18, followed by the world premiere of his latest film WITTGENSTEIN PLAYS CHESS WITH MARCEL DUCHAMP OR HOW NOT TO DO PHILOSOPHY (2020) on July 19. Additional selections include SAATVIN SAIR (2013), MUSEUM OF IMAGINATION (2012), and CHITRASHALA (2015).
Other upcoming highlights will include a collection of Tamil films from AP International including, VAAZHKAI (A.V. Meiyappan, 1949), POKKIRI RAJA (S. P. Muthuraman,1982), ALAIPAYUTHEY (Mani Ratnam, 2000) and BOW BOW (S Pradeep Kilikar, 2019), as well as Malayalam films ADAMINTE MAKAN ABU (Salim Ahamed, 2011), and CITY OF GOD (Lijo Jose Pellissery, 2011). MUBI will also show Kabir Singh Chowdhry’s MEHSAMPUR (2018) next month, and Shazia Iqbal’s acclaimed short film BEBAAK (2019) in August.
Sanal Kumar Sasidharan’s S DURGA (2017) from Niv Arts will also be coming to MUBI soon, along with three other features from the director including his debut film ORAALPPOKKAM (2014). Other highlights hand-picked by MUBI’s curators include PAKEEZAH (Kamal Amrohi, 1972) and AAKROSH (Govind Nihalani, 1980) from Shemaroo’s library, CELLULOID MAN (Shivendra Singh Dungarpur, 2012) from Vista India, AAKALER SANDHANE (Mrinal Sen, 1980) from GoQuest and MISS LOVELY (Ashim Ahluwalia, 2012) and I.D (Kamal K. M, 2012) from FilmKaravan.
Svetlana Naudiyal, Director of Content for MUBI INDIA said: “One of our key goals is to consistently put a spotlight on the diversity of Indian Cinema—the multitude of narratives, forms, and languages. Showing Amit Dutta’s ingenious work on MUBI is a dream for us, and we’re incredibly excited to begin a special dedicated to his films next month. We are also thrilled to take a significant step in language diversity on MUBI INDIA with our upcoming long-term focus on Tamil and Malayalam cinema.”
Recent highlights on MUBI INDIA include KUSH (Shubhashish Bhutiani, 2013), SIVAPURANAM (Arun Karthick, 2016) and GAMAK GHAR (Achal Mishra, 2019), which was the top viewed title on the film channel for five weeks running. In addition to working directly with many other independent filmmakers and studios, MUBI has previously signed deals with other major distribution partners in India including Sony Pictures Television India, Impact Films, PVR Pictures, and Ultra Media. MUBI also partnered with PVR Cinemas to launch its cinema-going initiative MUBI GO in India in November 2019.