Nandita Das, acclaimed actress of Indian cinema and human rights advocate, is known for doing art house cinema, and films that aren’t your typical commercial Bollywood success. She will be making an appearance at Museum of the Moving Image [located at 36-01 35 Avenue (at 37 Street) in Astoria] for a screening of “Between the Lines” (2014, 79 mins.), a cinematic adaptation of the 2012 play that is produced by cineplay.com. Tickets for “Between the Lines” are $20 ($12 members at Film Lover, Dual, and Family levels / free for Silver Screen members and above). Advance tickets are available online at movingimage.us.
The film is set in contemporary India, where educated and affluent couples are caught between modernity and tradition, something that this generation is really struggling to balance. The film explores the relationship between a husband (Subodh Maskara) and wife (Nandita Das) who are both lawyers who have been married for ten years. They end up arguing on opposite sides of a criminal trial, resulting in the blurring of their personal and professional lives. The battle in the court starts to impact their relationship at home, and they struggle to find a new balance. “Between the Lines” is directed by Ritesh Manon.
The screening takes place on Saturday, October 25, 2014, at 7:00 p.m. will be followed by a Q&A with Das, who directed the original play, moderated by author Suketu Mehta. The evening will conclude with a reception featuring music by DJ Rekha.
David Schwartz, the Museum’s Chief Curator shared,
”We are thrilled to be hosting Nandita Das and Suketu Mehta at the Museum for the first time, showcasing Nandita’s new, thought-provoking work. This evening is part of the Museum’s new community engagement initiative, supported by the Ford Foundation, to grow our audiences in new directions, reflecting the cultural diversity of Queens and New York City.”